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What It Takes to Grow Trophy Bluegill in Ponds

Seven years ago, in May 2009, I started managing a handful of ponds just north of my hometown on my own dime, with the goal of creating a trophy bluegill guide service.  There are five ponds on the property that I worked with: 1.1 acre, 1 acre, .9 acre, .5 acre, and .25 acre, a total of 3.75 acres of water.  When I started with that property, all but one of the ponds was choked with watermeal or duckweed or both; one pond had no fish left due to the duckweed, another had only stunted black…

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Added by Walt Foreman on March 8, 2016 at 7:17pm — 5 Comments

Bass Raider 10 ft. Fishing Boat

I thought I would share with you guys an image of my 10 ft. Pelican pontoon style boat, which is perfect to fish small waters. I posted a few images of my 8 ft. Pelican boat here on Big Bluegill some years ago, which I sold in 2014. At that time I decided to purchase a bigger boat in the same style which is…

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Added by Bill Trussell on February 14, 2016 at 10:24am — 12 Comments

On The Water Etiquette

As a lifelong landlubber, there will be a learning curve to my on the water yakking adventures beginning this Spring. A video I saw on YouTube the other day got me thinking. It was titled, "Don't fish in front of my dock." (link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g6jNA78oGZQ )  The short version...old guy stops cutting his lawn to hop into his boat to ride out and harass two yakkers fishing near his dock on a public lake. He doesn't…

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Added by Gary Boysen on January 30, 2016 at 4:29am — 7 Comments

Introductory brief bio

Greetings to all,  I have loved all things out of doors since childhood Primary activity has been hunting(in fact, I just returned from good Quail hunt this AM). Have fished a bit, mostly with a cane pole, bobber, split-shot and hook with a worm!  Consider myself a 'young 80' years of age and am looking to try something new, specifically Ultra Lite fishing. We're talking Kindergarten level here! I need help about everything from equipment suggestions to techniques , and I'm certain this…

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Added by Benjamin Walter Romine on January 20, 2016 at 1:51pm — 4 Comments

What line should I use?

I am getting my gear ready for Spring. Any opinions on what the best line to use is. I've been reading on line about mono, fluoro and braid and see advantages to each. Up to now I've stuck with Berkley's Trilene, both XL Smooth Casting (6 lb.) and their TransOptic (8 lb.) brand. A salesman at Dick's Sporting Goods got me to buy a spool of 15 lb. Power Pro Moss Green braided line. I have not put it on my reel yet. Opinions and recommendations would be welcome. I use a Shimano Stradic CI4+…

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Added by Gary Boysen on January 13, 2016 at 3:01pm — 3 Comments

TIME FOR A FEW CHANGES.

This Spring I want to try fishing with Braid Line.

I would like some opinions on what you think is the best

and where to purchase it.

Thanks

Added by Tom Madden on January 3, 2016 at 9:29pm — 2 Comments

Christmas Bluegill Wishes

I would like to extend a sincere and heartfelt gratitude to all of the members of BigBluegill.com.

I know I've been lacking in posts and pictures lately, but the demands of my family and my business render me an observer most of the time.  I read every post and enjoy every picture.  Every big bluegill caught feels like I landed it myself.

I hope that all of you have an amazing Christmas, and a great new year.  2016 will surely be full of great catches, great…

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Added by Bruce Condello on December 24, 2015 at 1:51pm — 3 Comments

Kayak fishing

I need to get off the banks and get out where the fish are. I've been looking at kayaks. Does anyone have any good advice or opinions about kayak fishing? I'd love some feedback. Thanks.

Added by Gary Boysen on December 18, 2015 at 5:23pm — 51 Comments

What determines the color of Bluegill?

Hi, ive been wondering why bluegill or bass have different coloring, even when they are the same species. Ive been curious ever since i compare the coppernose in my pond to pics of other ppls coppernose. I think maybe what they eat is a factor but im no quit sure. If some one could elaborate on what deermines fish color it would be appreciated. P.s i googled to find out myself but found nothin!

Added by Brian N. on September 26, 2015 at 9:00am — 4 Comments

Where are the MONSTERS?

Has there been any 4 pounders reported lately?

Added by Shannon H. Dye on August 18, 2015 at 10:00pm — 28 Comments

Grandson's first fish

Took my two grandsons fishing the other day.  Second time for the six year old, Jacob and the first time for the nearly 4 year old, Alexander.  It was their first time to catch anything. Alexander caught a small soft shell turtle and one bluegill and Jacob caught two bluegills.  They were very happy little boys.  We spent about two hours at a small city pond here in Austin, best of times.…

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Added by John C Watson on August 18, 2015 at 12:33pm — 2 Comments

Canyon Lake Az. Slow Bluegill bite

The bite was really slow this morning at Canyon lake. I hit a few known spots, but the fish were really finicky. I had to size down to a 7x tippet which educated on knot types. I lost two big gills (not even sure they were gills!) when my knots slipped using a Davy knot on that 7x Rio powerflex. Ive used it on thicker line and it's always held???

  (Even when a 3lb carp picked up my 'Magic bluegill bug'. The knot held, but my 5x tippet was a different story)

I did…

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Added by Jose Angel Guzman on August 15, 2015 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

Small Pond

I bought an inflatable boat the other day to try to get out after some of the bigger fish that I'm guessing are away from the shoreline here in August. (really shallow pond, maybe 4 acres, a couple of 7 foot holes, but mostly about 3-5 feet. Been catching a TON of tiny 'gills, redear and yellow perch on the shoreline).

I spent a whole day out on the pond in my little boat. Fished downed limbs, submerged points, and the deepest holes I could find with ice jigs tipped with worm and…

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Added by sean kerley on August 9, 2015 at 6:33pm — 3 Comments

Fishing Goals

Fishin' Goals

X 1)Catch fish every month of the year and archive with photos and calendars.

Bluegill ,Yellow Perch, Crappie and Largemouth Bass are achieved.

2)Catch Pickerel  in December( x achieved Dec. 2014 Shepherds lake) , February and (March)* acheived March31 2016, 17" Pickerel still need February to complete the Pickerel  calendar.

3) Catch First …

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Added by John Sheehan on July 15, 2015 at 8:30am — No Comments

Great site

I live in Iowa and hate the cold and no way I am going out on ice so I get about 7 months of good fishing targeting dif species at dif times of course. But once the gilling is hot it is hard to not go twice or thrice a day. Forgot how many things gillers have in common and want to say thanks those of you that never stop posting blogs and discussions. I had to read quite a bit just so I knew where to toss my 2 cents at. Always some new or remindful info almost any where you look. Always seems…

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Added by Chad Hood on July 11, 2015 at 9:27am — No Comments

Quote

How to find a lost fisherman?

Yesterday I was there

Today I am here

Tomorrow who cares!

Point might be you were always here!

Added by Chad Hood on July 11, 2015 at 9:16am — No Comments

Gill-Redear-Greenie-shellcracker-Warmouth-Brim-Bream

I don't care what kind of panfish I catch and have a hard time picking out the hybrids but if they fry I Like em !

Added by Chad Hood on July 11, 2015 at 8:44am — No Comments

What do the "B's" in B&B Farms, Maple Syrup stand for?

 Bluegills and Botanicals if you read the fine print. It seemed appropriate, as those two subjects definitely hold a special place in my family's hearts.

I thought I would share a little bit of the maple syrup process, for those who might be curious as to how it's done. I may add additional photos as time permits.

Disclaimer: No Bluegills were harmed during the making of this maple syrup.

My wife and our oldest son, tapping some trees during an unseasonably warm spell…

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Added by Tony Livingston on June 26, 2015 at 7:30am — 15 Comments

What Line is best to use

I have used 6 pound mono with a 4 pound leader. My problem is I get loops in my line and my leader tangles sometimes when I cast a slip bobber. Im looking for a line for my spinning reel that doesn't do this. Anybody with helpful info would be appreciated Thanks

Added by Steve Shaffer on June 16, 2015 at 2:32am — 6 Comments

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