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THE BUGS

TOO ALL MY LONG TIME , AND SHORT TIME BUG CUSTOMERS , NEW FLASH. My back hurts so bad now can't sit in the tying chair anymore. All done with making bugs for the near future and maybe for ever. Sorry just can't do it anymore and have given it a lot of thought , but I just gotta do it with lots of reservations of course. Jeffrey glad you got stocked up now start using em cause ya got plenty for a lifetime buddy .......
 SEMPER FI

    TOOTY

Added by DAVID L EITUTIS on June 15, 2015 at 3:40pm — 12 Comments

Wow what a day!

Had the most incredible day of Bluegill fishing in my life yesterday at Lake Barrett (San Diego). Wide open bite on my fly rod that lasted all day. Fish averaged about a pound each, most over 10 inches. It was the kind of day I dream of, had to quit about 4pm after landing about 300 bluegill and a handful of bass.Yes, literally bit on almost every cast. Actually cramps in…

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Added by Paul Zoch on May 31, 2015 at 4:22pm — 3 Comments

2015 RENDEZVOUS KENTUCKY LAKE

LOFR AND CARL DESERVE A MUCH APPRECIATED THANKS ......  WHAT ELSE CAN I SAY .

   THESE TWO GUYS made the trip a success . Not because of the fish we did or didn't catch but getting to meet everyone I've been talking to on here for a long time ... Much overdue in my estimation. Carl is a great guy and it's an honor to call him my friend and the same goes for LOFR .....

    I CAN'T POST A PIC OF LOFR , BUT THEY ARE IN MY COMPUTER AND IF YA WANT TO MEET THE GUY COME TO A RENDEZVOUS .…

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Added by DAVID L EITUTIS on May 4, 2015 at 7:34am — 15 Comments

Been Gone Fishin

I haven't visited you guys in some time. I've been doing a lot of traveling and a lot of fishing! I figured I'd better show my face. I have a new blog article up and would love it if you fine folks would offer some more feedback. It is always appreciated, especially as a new writer. http://devineonthefly.blogspot.com/  Hope you enjoy the read, and lets not forget some badass sunnie pics!! …

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Added by Shannon DeVine on April 15, 2015 at 12:00pm — No Comments

A few random thoughts about bluegill

I'd like to just reiterate a couple of my thoughts about bluegill.

Many of us started with bluegill.  When we caught bluegill as kids, we were proud and excited.  They were willing participants in the angling game, and were scrappy fighters for their size.  Bluegill were also beautiful by any standards, and were curiously varied and original.

Many of us drifted away from bluegill as we aged.  We became jaded, and influenced by those around us.  We were told that…

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Added by Bruce Condello on April 7, 2015 at 9:33pm — 13 Comments

World Record Redear Sunfish

The International Game Fish Association has declared Hector's 5 pound 12 ounce Redear Sunfish, caught Feb. 16th 2014 in Lake Havasu, Arizona, a World Record.

I was chosen to do the mount of the fish and am honored to present to you the completed custom cast replica of the new World Record Sunfish.  The artificial nightcrawler and drop shot rig depicts…

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Added by Tim Overbaugh on February 22, 2015 at 11:30am — 18 Comments

Blog about a Blog

So I recently decided to start my own blog. I love to fish, and love to read about fishing, so why not share my experiences with the world. I would love to get some feed back from the fisherman who appreciate my most cherished species, sunfish. I hope you guys enjoy the read, and let me know what you think. 

http://DeVineonthefly.blogspot.com …

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Added by Shannon DeVine on February 20, 2015 at 2:47pm — 1 Comment

Methodology to catching panfish under the ice...

     I have been asked a few times on this site what tactics I use to catch crappie and blue gill through the ice. So I thought the best way to answer would be to put a post together with some…

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Added by Nathanael Deloach on February 10, 2015 at 10:00am — 53 Comments

Plan B for Savannah winter fishing

So I was all set to go kayaking with a couple of buddies in a little under 2 weeks, combining it with seeing my son in Savannah on the Saturday night. Complications arose and first one buddy and then the other had conflicts arise and can't go. I am not paddling in the remote area we were looking at alone. After a little poking around, a plan B arose...

The Savannah National Wildlife Refuge is just over the bridge from Savannah. It is really big, but it turns out one of the main access…

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Added by Andy is OptiMystic on February 9, 2015 at 7:00pm — 2 Comments

Skunk on the upper Neuse

A quick entry mostly to journal it so I will remember some things better next time. It was not as low as I expected. The release was only 200 cfs, but we have had rain every few days and the creeks in the 15 or so river miles from the dam to my put in were flowing pretty good. I was remembering what it was like from years past that low but I was right below the dam and it was during the drought. In the small rapids it was a little tight but between them there was plenty of water. I should…

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Added by Andy is OptiMystic on February 9, 2015 at 6:31am — 3 Comments

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

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