Periodically we see the fishing media try to direct us to the new "in" fish. Carp have seen a resurgence, walleye started having their own tournaments, smallies had multitudes of stories written about them.
Now it's the bluegill's turn!
Bluegill have it all.
Trophyability...(might not be a REAL word)
Enjoyable for all ages.
I just wanted to say thank you for the surpreme effort by all on this site to promote the bluegill.
To me, the ultimate day of bluegill fishing would go like this.
I'd reach a quiet pond by car just before daylight. Then I'd slip into my float tube. Then I'd take either a spinning combo, or a nice light fly rod setup...and start fishing.
The bluegill with be biting hot 'n' heavy. Lots of 7-9 inchers. I'd decide that about ten of the 7 inchers were going to go home with me. I'd fry them up whole after scaling and feed my family a delicious meal. Hopefully I'd be able to whip up some homemade hushpuppies.
Then, suddenly I'd have that big bite....
Would it be a largemouth? Hopefully not. I appreciate the largemouth. He's a willing fighter, and puts up a respectable tussle...
But then I'd scream as I saw a massive 11 inch bluegill spinning in circles below the tube! What a fish! Huge hump, bright colors...the whole package.
After landing the fish, one of my buddies from BigBluegill.com would snap a quick photo and I'd return the fish back to the crystal clear depths.
Perhaps I caught the fish last year when he was a stout 9.5 inches...and perhaps I'll catch him again when he hits 12+.
But for now, I'm satisfied. The bluegill has filled all of my fishing needs.
It's been a good day.