I spoke with my Dad yesterday, and he's very much on board with the idea of acquiring smallmouth bass as a predator to keep bluegill numbers under control in his pond. Conventional wisdom says that smallmouth, with their smaller mouth gape, and smaller general size will have trouble keeping up with reproduction. I believe this to be true, but in my Dad's pond we will be able to run a seine at least once, and maybe twice a year to cull out slower growing bluegill and to thin their numbers. I've become rather adept at identifying fish that are thriving, and I think I could take out and relocate slower growers. This "two-pronged" approach should allow us to keep bluegill numbers in check so we can grow as big a bluegill as possible. I'm not really excited about ever adding largemouth bass, because they will be almost TOO good at eating bigger bluegill as they reach sizes that we could eat. My Dad would like to harvest fish from the pond, and we think that heavy harvest pressure on female fish will be an ideal scenario. We get the best of both worlds. Bluegill to eat, and bluegill to grow to trophy proportions. One other advantage to smallmouth is that they are maybe a little more likely than largemouth to utilize some of the pelleted feed.