Do you love big bluegill?
This is what I need to do Smoltz!Find the waters that hold the bigger Gills. I have gotten a 9" in years.Nice work!
Still ,I'm curious what you caught those 9" ers on ! :)
Yesterday I used the 1.5" Storm Bait and switch Minnow and caught some fish but the most fish came on this spinner rig i fashioned .(Size 0 hammered silver blade)No big fish yesterday but the best fighters were the 9" White Perch and the two Pumpkinseeds .Plenty of Bluegills but only up to maybe 7" 1 small Yellow Perch ,a tiny CCat. 5 species in all . Tipping a jig got bait stolen too often . .If i pushed the Crawler up the #8 Aberdeen hook shank they got hooked and couldn't get it off and steal the bait and I caught multiple fish and species that way . The Pumpkinseeds took the 1.5"Minnow .I didn't use the Gulp 1" minnow yesterday but it sure is a great bait .Caught Trout this year using that bait .
20170708-Congrats on breaking into the 9-10” slot! Northern tier states its Lunker Class!!
We are now entering the full moon phase for the month where fishing could get downright great… did you get your fish during a major period during the day? Timing with the solunar tables is very influential on even the easy to catch B.Gill. I’ve had many days on my best b.gill lake begging for a bite … any bite on the Poor Solunar days.
Congrats on your new level of success! But don’t leave your skills of presentation behind! The other guy in the boat or standing next to you on shore with the better presentation including longer casts will outfish the other everytime. IMO
Good luck and continued success moving forward!
Yup I agree on the lunar phases. I never did pay much attention to em and even less now. I'm just happy when I can find someone to fish with. Both my sons work, my old partner Doug doesn't go anymore for health reasons and pretty much the some with Old Al. My cousin Joe and I get out every chance it's not blazing hot and our schedules don't conflict .....
tooty they are back on the beds right now.i would hit em hard the next couple days
When I wanted to break into the fly fishing game for b.gill in 2014 I asked a local DNR agent his best suggestion for quantities of B.Gill. he suggested a lake close to me that has large quantities of smaller fish willing to bite.
While on that body of water I struck up conversations with resident fishermen… you know the ones… the old guys in the hats on pontoon boats filling up the fish baskets. Several conversations lead me to believe the “big gills in this lake were the 7.5 to 8 class fish”. This was what the locals caught and believed topped out in this lake. Most complain they are stunted.
That afternoon after tagging many gills in that range, learning to fly fish, I hoisted a Bull B.Gill that measured 9.8 with a stubby tail that had been worn down from fanning recently. This fish would have went over 10.25” easily with a full tail. A year later I tagged 5 B.Gills during a major solunar period in the 9-10” slot in a fifteen-minute time frame.
So far in 2017 combined Earl and I have tagged 3 Master Angler P.Seeds and 3 Master Angler B.Gills in that same lake! Not bragging but hoping to share my success with others so they could cash in also. Not the lake but technique and working the numbers in your favor in any lake. I fully disclose tackle combinations and baits etc. I post videos verifying the combinations also.
Like you say you are not going to tag fish where there are no fish. I sight fish and prove my techniques with two ways sonar and with my eyes. If I’m on fish and they are not biting it is probably a solunar lull period. Do not give up on a lake while experiencing a bad solunar day or period. Better your chances by fishing during the peeks. You say you like sunrise / sunsets… be on your spots when the daily minors or majors coincide with those time frames … they are killer periods for tagging quantity and quality. During the Lull solunar periods I have actually seen while sight fishing, the B.Gills totally ignore any bait or offering.
I fish another lake that is heavily harvested by the locals for food. In fact all my lakes are heavily pressured by catch and take fishermen. In many cases I am launching my boat in the hot late morning sun when they are coming in from a slow bite. Then I cash in by fishing a major period while on my spots in the sweltering heat and sun.
Hey I know your limited to shore fishing mostly so to be more productive give solunar periods another shot… and it comes down to your point you have to be fishing where there are fish! So researching lakes is a positive thing but don’t give up on the heavily fished and pressured lakes.
I can recommend two Android apps “Fishing Points” and “Fishing and Hunting Solunar Time” to follow the periods on your phone.
The other thing is if your not fishing 2# mono diameter equivalent super line or less I believe your hitting a road block in big fish production. The other thing I found if the bait cannot be swallowed by a 6” B.Gill I was fishing too big. Lately, I’ve tagged B.Gill as small as 2.5” on my baits.
Ive recently been putting a system together that would cast a single waxie on a bare number 10 hook.
I believe you’re on the right track with the 1" GULP Minnow... i used to swear by them but have swapped with the Lil Minnow i believe has better action in the water and has responded well with me. Now put together a set-up that will cast the 1” GULP Minnow on a 1/64 oz jig 30- 40 ft and you are on the right track!
Of course, this is all my own opinion and recommendation.
bluegills and other sunfish are on the beds for the 3rd time in my area.big ones too.many say the full moon has nothing to do with it,i disagree and have witnessed it for many years,very hard to catch big bass during the day during the full moon as they feed at night more often.for minnow type baits try the smallest road runner type chin spin jig with a southern pro crappie slug and tip or i as i call it piggy back a wax worm .great bait for gills and crappies and swims over snags pretty well.have caught 1000s of fish on this simple rig.this time of year i live or die with my flyrods.