Do you love big bluegill?
Tuesday was mediocre as far as fishing goes, with only 28 caught of the usual species: largemouth, sunfish, perch and crappie. But Wed. on a different lake was like night and day! The weather was different : overcast with sprinkles vs. sunny; the lakes were much different: the previous lake is much larger and deeper with miles of wetlands; the lake yesterday 25' shallower with no wetlands but with a rip rap dam at one end and a long steep bank with overhangs.
Both lakes have produced great catches in the last few years, especially in spring and fall. In fact the shallower lake produced three big catfish (5, 5 1/2, 7 1/2lb) on panfish grubs this year.
After the previous day I wasn't hopeful, not having done great the previous trip (only 35 fish). But 70 fish (of the same species mentioned) kept me busy fishing 3/4 of the shoreline and in deeper water 8-11'.
My usual challenge is to see what grub designs that I produce that fish will bite so I can make more in different sizes and colors. Maintaining confidence in any lure requires that lure to get bit most outings as well as trying different retrieves and jig weights. Standard is a 6lb test f/carbon leader attached to 8lb test braid, medium and light action rods, spincast and spinning reels.
Here are a few of the fish and lures that did well:
Some of the perch were as usual quite nice:
The grub pictured is a prong tail grub that I have an injection mold able to produce ten grubs at a time. I haven't cast this design in a while and figured it was time. It caught all species and the hits were hard!
The grub design that always catches anything that swims is the spoon minnow design with thin flat tail:
I used it on 1/32 and 1/16 oz jigheads. When too many strikes are misses, I bend the hook out a bit to increase gap. No more (or at least far fewer) missed hook sets. Here are a few of the sunfish species it and other designs caught:
A red breast and the overhang it was caught under:
Another on a prong tail grub: