Do you love big bluegill?
Well...what can I say...today was actually a really slow day, except for all the very small and stunted largemouth bass that were hitting anything and everything I threw at them. I saw Tonys' major-league Hybrids last night, looked at them again this morning, and said that's it...I'm going fishin'. Maybe I'll get lucky!!
So, after 90 minutes and no hybrids on the bank, I decided to use the drop-shot technique that produced so well a few weeks back. I had exactly 1 night crawler, and the bass were ripping me off. Finally I got a decent hyb by using a 'lift/drop' retrieve. This one went 10.5 inches...
Normally, this would be FOTD for any given trip to this 2 acre pond. Action was so slow on sunfish that I was ready to call it quits when my last worm was stolen by a dink bass. But, I scrounged around under an old log and got a nice, sqirmy garden worm for my #8 Aberdeen hook. Threaded it on, and on my second cast got a thunderous strike and line started peeling toward the middle of the pond! I had just tightened up my drag, so I thought that the 2-pound test might be in peril...I started to 'back-reel', patiently playing this powerful fish. I would say that it took about three minutes to position myself and steer this fish away from the pier and shallow brush. Finally, I got a glimpse of this fish...WOW! It was then that I started saying little prayers to myself and wondering about hooksets and stuff! I wanted to get my hands on this fish sooo bad! But I had to be patient. Finally, for what seemed like way too much time to land her, I slid the hybrid gently on the bank and put the squeeze on!
To tell you the truth I was shaking like a leaf! This fish measured 12 inches, but I did not get a weight. I had forgot my tripod, so I nervously set up the camera with the self-timer on my Trail Blazers' back fender and took some pics that way. I quickly grabbed a bucket and filled it halfway with water and kept the fish in and out of it the several minutes that it took to get a few decent shots. Giggling and giddy, I fumbled through the picture taking process, then walked the couple yards back to the waters edge and watched her swim away.
This was the best 'walk-off' fish I have ever caught! It's why we do it here at BigBluegill.com!