Do you love big bluegill?
Hey all :) Just wanted to say hey, and let you know where things currently stood.
For the last 3 weeks, it has been very nice, with lots of hot days... but each week, just like clock work, as soon as my days off came up, Bam ! Wind, and a big cool down :( Last week, was the biggest cool down yet, dropped 30 degrees on my first day off, plus it rained... like a slow, constant, Winter style rain :(
On my first day back to work, it warmed waaay back up ! Now we have had 3 days in the 100 degree range, but also, instead of cooling off, its supposed to be like 102-105 degrees both of my days off ! AND, historically speaking, the first week of July has been my best times for the giant Sunnies anyway !
Oh, 2 weeks ago, I did go check it out. Just as I was pulling up to my hot spot, the wind came up :( But I was there long enough to find out that they were not up yet.
After all of this record heat, I can't believe they would not be up yet... but if they were not, I'd really feel like something had changed, and I "was not going to get onto them this year"..... Of course I hope that's not the case....
Wish me luck.
PS, Spring Bass fishing was brutal :( I guess about the only impressive catches I've made since the last time I was here, was several big Sturgeon 100-200 lbs > On the same micro-light gear I use for the Sunnies ;) Those were fun :)
Thank you David.
Well here's how it went....
They kind of threw me for a loop ??? They were up ! And thicker than ever ! I found probably 200 of them in a bedding area maybe 20 x 30 feet...... about 150 feet from where I found them the last couple years (in spite of the fact that the water is at the same level ? Hmmm)
Unfortunately, they were of a much smaller average size :( Like mostly 1/2 to 1 1/4 lbs, vs. the 1 1/2 to 3 lb'ers I've caught there in the last few years ? :( I mean, nothings wrong with a bunch of 3/4 lb'ers.... but when you have been spoiled with a bunch of 1 1/2 to 2 lb'ers, it kind of messes up your perception of "what is a big Sunfish".......
I will try it again once more next week... but my confidence in BIG Sunnies this year is now way down :(
Oh well. Beat the heck out of work ;)
PS, Oh yea... I ended up catching about 30 of them, for 20 lbs or so. All released.
Definitely public waters, unfortunately, I've never met anyone, who can find / catch the big Red Ears in this lake, at any time other than the spawn ?