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January 2015 Blog Posts (13)

Lakes near Crestview

Hi Andy is OptiMystic: Welcome. This is a small group here in the panhandle who love to fish for bluegills and other bream types. We don't have a lot of activity going but from time to time someone will offer a comment. If we can be of any help just post a note and we will do our best to lend a hand.
There are several good lakes and rivers not far from Crestview. I fished Hurricane Lake this morning which is out in Santa Rosa County about 15 miles or so from Crestview.

Added by J. B. Hillard on January 29, 2015 at 7:09pm — No Comments

what do u look for on depth finders for bluegill anyone have pics

I would like to see what bluegill look like on depth finders

Added by kevin lawlor on January 25, 2015 at 7:47pm — 5 Comments

2015-01-25 Neighborhood pond confidence booster

Only my second outing of the year; the first was a total bust in wind and waves at a big lake. It was a really nice day for January, but I had a lot to do around the house. But I could manage an hour just down the street.

This…

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Added by Andy is OptiMystic on January 25, 2015 at 1:52pm — 5 Comments

Please consider joining BigBluegill founder Bruce Condello at the Pond Boss Conference!

Upcoming Pond Boss Conference and Expo

I would like to personally invite you to the National Pond Boss Conference and…
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Added by Bruce Condello on January 25, 2015 at 1:52pm — No Comments

Dam controlled rivers

I started a discussion a fishing trip I may do tomorrow (as I write this). Then I thought maybe I shouldn't after seeing this thread on another forum that shows a very muddy river in that stretch, presumably right after a rain.

Turns out I may be spooking myself…

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Added by Andy is OptiMystic on January 24, 2015 at 7:17am — 3 Comments

I love big bluegill!

Thank you for allowing me to join your site. I am an avid fisherman who lives in the Central Arkansas area between Little Rock and Searcy. I am surrounded by great fishing waters and I enjoy pursuing panfish, trout and bass from shore or from my boat. I look forward to learning from you all and maybe I can offer up a tip or two as well. Thanks again.

Added by Mo Fish on January 21, 2015 at 9:26am — 5 Comments

Blown out of the water! 1/18/2015

High hopes for a good start to 2015 didn't pan out today. I went to my home lake with a couple of friends paddling kayaks. We ended up cutting the day short because of the wind.

It was my first time out with my new fish finder and it didn't work. Can't detect transducer. One of my buddies also has a portable Hummingbird and we were able to determine that my transducer is fine. The head doesn't work. So I…

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Added by Andy is OptiMystic on January 18, 2015 at 2:42pm — 5 Comments

Last entry for today - the plan for Sunday

I posted a bunch today, laying down what I plan to do this year, with what and where I will commonly go. So, with all that groundwork laid, it's time to do some actual fishing! Or it will be in a couple of days. 

I will be fishing my home lake in my kayak. This will be my first trip with my new fish finder. I have used plenty of others and owned others in the past so I won't spend much time tinkering…

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Added by Andy is OptiMystic on January 16, 2015 at 2:26pm — No Comments

My local lake inlet

Seems a little odd to separate this out, but the nearby large lake I hardly ever fish. It's well known and does produce good fish, but I don't really care for it as a kayaking lake because it is so big and popular with waterskiiers in the summer time. In a lot of respects it is similar to (and actually quite near) my home lake, but I gravitate to the other one. This lake does have stripers (haven't done well; big…

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Added by Andy is OptiMystic on January 16, 2015 at 1:47pm — No Comments

My local flow

This one is about the river I have fished most in the recent past and will likely fish a lot this year. I have done very well in raw numbers and I am convinced that there are bigger ones. I won't say exactly where and for the most part it doesn't matter. There are a couple of other nearby flows I also fish, alternating because of proximity to other things or seasonal fish (I only have to go a little east to get into some sea run shad and stripers in the spring) but the character is much the…

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Added by Andy is OptiMystic on January 16, 2015 at 1:33pm — No Comments

My "home lake"

I am avoiding names in the description even though it will be really easy to figure out. This blog is about my panfishing quest and I don't want to get sidetracked or hijacked into a long discussion about it here. Be happy to elsewhere and often do.

It's a medium sized lake - about 4000 acres - in the NC Piedmont. Max depth is about 40' or so and it is shaped like a fat check mark with the main channel in the long side. Lots of rocky bottom, some drowned timber, some shallow side…

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Added by Andy is OptiMystic on January 16, 2015 at 1:22pm — No Comments

What I will usually fish with and in on my 2015 panfish quest

I will take 3 rods - a UL, a light rod and an emergency backup (yes, there is such a thing as a fishing emergency). So I will only have 2 rods out for fishing at any given time.

The UL will almost always be my primary rod, but I will usually rig both. The light rod is light but short and has some backbone and 10# Nanofil (or similar if I replace it; small diameter but strong). If I don't have a specific plan for the light rod, it will probably have a medium sized lipless crankbait or…

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Added by Andy is OptiMystic on January 16, 2015 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

2015 - Fishing with a goal

New year and trying to step up my game a little in the fishing department. I have been fishing for about 50 years and caught all sorts of fish, but panfish have always been one of my favorite. I think a lot of it is that I enjoy actively catching fish more than I do stalking elusive ones. Bream have a reputation of being easy to catch and that is often the case, but not always. It certainly isn't true with the larger trophy sized panfish.

I am setting a goal of getting a NC "Master…

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Added by Andy is OptiMystic on January 16, 2015 at 11:20am — 15 Comments

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