Do you love big bluegill?
This afternoon, I finished my last service call (I am an electrical contractor), and got in my truck and drove out to Bonnett Carre Spillway...
About a month ago, things were going good... catching bass, small ones, but bass nonetheless, some goggle-eyes, and sacalait. We catch an occasional gaspergou as well.
Once the cold weather it, things went downhill. I was still catching goggle-eyes, but the sacalait stopped biting, or i just couldnt find them. I dont have a depth finder on my 12' flat.
To make things worse, I broke my favorite jig pole.... which is telescopic cane pole with only one eye on the tip of the pole. It was a Master Crappie Grabber.
I dont care what the pros over on the other forums tell you, i have broken FOUR BnM poles.. four of them. The Master pole was probably 12 years old. I bought an Uncle Bucks telescopic pole and today, i caught my first sacalait in two weeks. I didn't even know it was on the line.. i didnt feel a thing.. all i saw was the rod tip dip down. No sensitivity.
So I was using a Cutie Spin... little spinner bait and hooked a spotted gar, which thankfully threw the hook. i tried that for a while then gave up.
The water calmed a bit, and I brought out the fly rod. I was using an Accardo Bream Special popper, which was green..and i tell you, I must have caught 50 fish today.
What bothers me is I made a mistake with one fish. The little perch had swallowed the popper to the point where I couldnt get my pliers down in there to remove it. Finally got it out, but I dont think the fish will live. Made me feel bad.. i should have kept him, or killed him.
The sun went down and I began to catch some nice sized bluegills, but then again, another one swallowed the popper, and I tried my best to get the lure out. it was too far in and I had to kill the fish.
Made me feel badand I just dont like to kill for no reason.. it was too small to eat.
I switched over to a large popper..and the strikes were less frequent..and i caught NOTHING..... it was too big.
1. Can anyone tell me where I can get some kind of tool that would help me remove hooks from the smaller fish?
2. How ... can i ask this... Is there a certain size that those of you who fly fish use to prevent the fish from swallowing the popper?