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HATS OFF TO BILL MODICA...SPOON GURU!

Hey y'all, I don't know how many have seen it yet, but the latest In Fisherman magazine ( May 2011) has an outstanding feature article by our own Bill Modica on the pleasures and pursuits of using spoons for big gills! This is exciting stuff, as bill has long been advocating the use of these techniques on this site. Detailed rigs and tactics are again focused, as are many of his tutorial videos found on this site.

Like many of you, I was somewhat skeptical when I first read and heard about Bill's spoonin' gig. But after several solid efforts, it payed of with numbers and big fish to boot! I have caught several bluegills and hybrids over 11 inches using his techniques and would encourage all to read this excellent piece.

A big congrats, Bill! Great work!

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Comment by Adam Roth on July 17, 2011 at 8:34am

I have tried and tried to get a copy of Bill's article but to no avail.  Would anyone be willing to mail or email me a copy?  I will be willing to cover any necessary costs.

Thanks,

Adam

aproth@iupui.edu (email) 

 

Comment by Neil on May 10, 2011 at 4:24pm
Great article. I picked up this copy of In-Fish a couple of weeks ago. Years ago I used to fish deeper water off of sunken humps for northern pike with Dardevles in the middle of summer, and caught my fair share of sunfish/blugills on those bigger spoons. If the bigger spoons get 'em, then the smaller offerings are a cinch. The article just confirms what I had experienced already. I have plenty of ice fishing spoons to try out this summer for deep water 'gills.   
Comment by james e. bell on May 10, 2011 at 1:18pm
what about beetle spins for blue gills
Comment by John Sheehan on May 10, 2011 at 9:29am
Oh and the Dardrvle Chucklett
Comment by John Sheehan on May 10, 2011 at 6:39am

I was fortunate and thrilled to find a back issue with Bills Spooning Bluegill article in my local tackle shop yesterday.

  Extremely well done article written in a friendly unpretentious manner filled with 'MOD' ifying tips for the spoon tecnique. Bill encourages folks to use their own choice of spoons as well as his three favorites: Swedish Pimple,Kastmaster ,and Rattlin Flash Spoon. I 've used all three with success since  finding out about the tactic here at BBG.com !  In shallow water when the fish are looking for a  very slow fall I 've used the Nungesser and Hildebrandt ,Dardevle skeeter  flutter spoons and caught fish . The spoon tactics work on Perch ,Crappie ,Bass and Trout also.Another flutter spoon that works is the Acme Flashking wobbler .

Bill's hook modifications get  the best results for numbers and of course size. 

Comment by jason grimm on May 6, 2011 at 8:05pm
Ya jim I bought the mag in Alabama last week, but it say's it was written by William Modica. I think im going to add him as a friend, and try his spoon rig next weekend. just need to buy some spoons.
Comment by dave schuyler on April 10, 2011 at 8:00am

large ring eye hooks,  gold and bronzed 10,8,6,4,

http://www.jannsnetcraft.com/Search/3366.aspx

Comment by chris naff on April 9, 2011 at 6:37pm
Here's a link for open - eyed Siwash hooks ,nickel in small sizes.EC 210n hooks not available as small hooks ,at least not easy to find.These VMCs should do nicely,Pimple Fans.http://www.captainhookswarehouse.com/index.cfm?page=products&ca...
Comment by David, aka, "McScruff" on April 9, 2011 at 2:11pm

That chart was a good 'un, wadn't it?

 

 

Comment by George Hogoboom on April 9, 2011 at 7:38am
I made copies of the chart 'Typical Summer Panfish Patterns' from the article and will use it for refferance this year.

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