Hey Bill, What part of SC do you fish ? I had a kayak but never felt comfortable in it. I wade a lot and fish from a jon boat and sometimes from a 19' pontoon. But I have the best luck fishing private ponds. I have permission to fish the best Copper-Head ponds I have ever seen. In may I will be going to Triple Tree. They have the worlds largest radio-control Giant-Scale airplane meet in the world. (search the web for Joe Nall meet)
It's great because you can watch these huge model airplanes fly the entire time you are fishing in a well stocked lake or a smaller pond. My first year there I quit counting somewhere near 100 BG and 40 Bass all in one day. I ran out of the Carolina spiders that I tie. (some broke off but many more just "tore-up" by the fish.), Maybe we can share some water sometime this year...Don...keep in touch.
Hey Bill...sorry to see that you feel this site is lacking in information aimed at catching bluegills and other big panfish. Perhaps I can help...
You may have already done this, but I would suggest that you check out the several dozen groups that we have here, some of which are state specific, some by specie and others by technique and tackle, that are, in my opinion, a wealth of bluegill and panfishing info. There are blogs and info about the spoon-fishing craze for bluegills...an absolutely dynamite technique for many panfish species, by Bill Modica. There are tutorials on making and tying jigs and flies specifically designed to fool big panfish. There are blogs on catching panfish in small streams and much fly fishing info here from our regulars. Plus, there is a heap of live bait and crankbait talk as well...literally something for everyone. I sure hope there is something here for you, as well as some exciting stories about our anglers success.
I must say, I have learned more from this site than all the other panfishing sites I have viewed...combined!
If you have specific questions on anything, please fell free to ask it in a forum or blog and I think you'll get some positive response. I recently asked for help on spooky, spawning redears and I got more than 20 responses that I feel will make me better able to get those fish the next time out.
Keep in mind, Bill, we are all here to help each other. We hope we can be of service to you!
Welcome to BBG, Bill. It is always good to see new members. I am about 40 min. from the SC line in GA. , just off I 85. The St. Johns is a super fishery. I have fished it near Ocala FL. for crappies, brim.
Welcome Bill to Big Blue Gill. This is a site with loads of information where we can learn and enjoy in what we like doing best, fishing. In this site we have loads of information we can feed off of and share and learn and having a good time doing so. We have FORUMS, BLOGS, CHAT ROOM, SPECIAL GROUPS, VIDEO'S,and the bestPHOTOESyou can find anywhere on the internet.Feel free to jump in and investigate the site it is loaded with information and above all don't be afraid to participate we are all still in the learning process and improving and honing our skills making us better fishermen/fisherwoman and enjoying it all throughout the process.
What you personally may add my be that little extra something that we can put in our own little bag of tricks something we can use to make us better fisher people ourselves.
We are all about Bluegill, Big Bluegills ( Bluegills, Sunfishes, Red Ears, Brim family) but not to stop there you will read about many different species of fish even some you may not have known even existed in the Blue Gill world and forums with many picture to share, but our main goal is catching that ultimate giant Gill so we can meet that special goal and maybe some braggin rights along the way. Its just a good well rounded site with loads of information with good people a family atmosphere who don't mind sharing, we have loads of fun doing so which you will see.
Our Video section that will keep your blood pumping and make you want to be fishing on that special lake or river fishing your heart out. (TAKE A KID AND DADS FISHING) such a great high. Above all we want you to enjoy yourself don't be afraid to share some of your fishing experiences with us we would love to hear about them please don't be afraid to share your exact lakes with me with all GPS coordinates and the exact baits you used it will be our little secret.
We have the best Photo's on the web some being so good you will be in aw and they are so addictive you'll keep coming back for more, there is truly some beautiful stuff there posted for our BBG family. We all love to share and share we do with some breath taking photo's. It will take you hours to see then all and you'll enjoy every minute of it..
Be aware of our Chat Room which in my opinion is very under utilized but you must be log in to correspond on it. So by all means log in and use It you will meet some interesting and great people there. Enjoy have fun but above all always stay safe. GOOD FISHIN..