Bluegill - Big Bluegill

Do you love big bluegill?

Had a pretty cool encounter today with a very large great blue heron while fishing a cove at the Martin lagoon in Middle River. I was showing my girlfriend how to use the new rod and reel that I bought for her today and caught a small pumpkin seed. While removing the hook from the fish, she said "look behind you". Turning around, there was a 4' - 4.5' heron no more than 10 feet away from me, eyeing the fish in my hand. So I tossed it to him. Thirty minutes and three fish later, he left with a full belly, and left me with a cool memory. I just wish I had my camera with me. These are awesome birds.

Views: 168

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

That story is so cool, it has to be true! I'm glad you didn't attempt mouth to beak. I did once, on the family pet dog. He ran about a hundred miles an hour into the sliding glass door. No pulse, no respirations and my little girls were crying "daddy do something". So I sucked it up and gave the breath of life to his nose. After about thirty seconds of that, HE CAME TO! Now he didn't say it out loud, cause all I heard was him growling, but telepathically I definitely picked up GET YOUR MOUTH OFF MY NOSE, RIGHT NOW. In my years as a professional firefighter, I gave CPR to a number of victims both on and off the job. The dog was my only survivor, and boy was he pissed.


Boo Gill!
Bluegillboogieman

Man 0 man!.....I can feel that 6" long beak smackin me in the head like a pile driver....Lol!....Lucky he didn't get it in the eye for sure!....bet he 's got a dent in his forehead!......I get the shivers just thinkin about it!.......I paddled up to a big heron yesterday while flyroddin and got about 10' away...He didn't look real happy I might add.....don't think I'm doing that anymore!...Lol!...here's a pic of that heron "froze" in his statuesque "don't get anycloser" position......Lol
I once wached a heron eat a chipmunk. It was a fast fight for a few minutes

My other Heron encounter was years ago. A freind and I were in a duck blind that was just room enough for the two of us. As we were waiting for ducks to pass this large heron was flying straight at the duck blind. When that bird got at about 10 oclock it spied us veered up and released about a softball wad of heron crap. We both got covered with no place to dive out of the way every time I see a heron I think of that morning. The wonders of being outside and free I would not trade it for anything
While ice fishing a couple years ago, I watched a great blue clean up the minnows that some guys dumped on the ice as they left. Seemed that this bird had done that before. A few minutes later, it approached me to within 30 feet. I had just pulled out a gill from the hole I was working. I held up the bluegill and the heron turned his head to look with one eye. I tossed the bluegill his way. He picked it up, gave it a little flip and swallowed. The gills I was catching were small. I ended up tossing 9 fish to that heron as he patiently waited for each one. He was less than twenty feet away for the last three. I imagine that he needed some pepto bismol and a stop at the outhouse before he could get off the ground again.
I've also seen some other interesting behavoir. I've seen them standing in reeds with beak pointing up and swaying in the wind like the reeds. The most surprising thing I've seen is a great blue beating up on an osprey.
We fed a Heron once also.It was pretty cool,h was on a cement tower at a local lake.When we'd hook a fish that would get his attention and he'd come over and gobble the fish up that we threw to him.They are awesome birds.
Attachments:

RSS

Latest Activity

dick tabbert commented on Mikey-D's photo
4 hours ago
dick tabbert commented on Mikey-D's photo
Thumbnail

IMG_20230324_092437462

"Keep that one for a hot oil bath."
4 hours ago
dick tabbert commented on Doug Martz's photo
Thumbnail

Late posting on a last Sept. Brute

"Definitely a full-figured fish."
4 hours ago
Doug Martz posted a photo
yesterday
Mikey-D posted a status
"Got to go again today did ok"
yesterday
Mikey-D posted photos
yesterday
Mikey-D commented on Mikey-D's photo
Thumbnail

IMG_20230323_095608536

"Thanks Bruce we grow some big yellow peach down here that one was 2lbs."
yesterday
Bruce Tomaselli commented on Mikey-D's photo
Thumbnail

IMG_20230323_095608536

"That's sure a huge perch. We're lucky if we can get them up to 12" here, and…"
yesterday
Mikey-D commented on Mikey-D's photo
Thumbnail

IMG_20230323_095608536

"Thanks John caught several with a jig under a float water temp here is 54dg"
Thursday
Bruce Tomaselli commented on Mikey-D's photo
Thumbnail

IMG_20230323_095608536

"Great largemouth."
Thursday
John Sheehan commented on Mikey-D's photo
Thursday
John Sheehan commented on Mikey-D's photo
Thumbnail

IMG_20230323_095608536

"Oh Yeah! Fine catch! Been waiting for Perch to come to my favorite shore spot but they are late in…"
Thursday
Mikey-D posted photos
Thursday
John Sheehan commented on Sam k.'s group Trout Bums
"My best Rainbow Trout when Lake Fishing from a Boat, have come on large and small Spoons, Bucktail…"
Wednesday
John Sheehan commented on Jacob Hill's group Rock Bass
"I have never eaten a Rockie but hear they taste good!"
Wednesday
John Sheehan replied to Slip Sinker's discussion FAVORITE P-R-P (Patterns Rigging and Presentation) for the Rock Bass in the group Rock Bass
"Only time I got Numbers of Rockies was fishing Crawlers and once with three inch Ned rigs . …"
Wednesday
Bruce Tomaselli commented on Jeffrey D. Abney's photo
Mar 19
Jeffrey D. Abney commented on Jeffrey D. Abney's photo
Thumbnail

Caught Seven Small Bass in Rough Conditions…..3/18/2023

"Hey Bruce….our tannic water largemouth transition similar to our bluegill…..when the…"
Mar 19
Jeffrey D. Abney commented on Jeffrey D. Abney's photo
Mar 19
Bruce Tomaselli commented on Jeffrey D. Abney's photo
Thumbnail

Caught Seven Small Bass in Rough Conditions…..3/18/2023

"Nice. The ones in PA have a visible lateral line and are a much darker green in color."
Mar 19

© 2023   Created by Bluegill.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service