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Do you love big bluegill?

I was thinking the other day of all the reasons I love bluegill.

I love the way they bite.

I love the way they fight.

I love the way they taste.

I love the way they look. Oh, man, I think they look so cool. They kind of have an attitude. Sometimes a big bluegill will look at you, and his look says, "If I had a chance dude, I'd kick your butt."

All those bright colors turn even darker when you hold them--sometimes turning almost black with beligerance.

But what really looks cool is when a big male bluegill develops a helmet. Yes, you've seen it. It's that big brahma bull hump

LIKE THIS...


That big ol' helmet means business. It means blue-zilla has been eating. He's been storing energy from heavy foraging so he can beat the bloody daylights out of any smaller cuckolders that dare to get near his nest in the spring. It means if you're a largemouth bass he ain't takin' no guff from you.

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Comment by Gilly-Man on September 12, 2009 at 7:03pm
great fish
Comment by Eric White on November 23, 2008 at 8:10pm
NICE GILL cough!! sunfish er meaner if only they got the size of bluegills on a regular basis:(
Comment by Charles Singleton on November 23, 2008 at 7:47pm
Yes, indeed. Attitude? No bout aDOUT it, guy!
Comment by shooter on November 23, 2008 at 4:38pm
indeed a nice fish,and well said.
Comment by John Cachel on November 22, 2008 at 6:41pm
beautiful fish!
Comment by Alex G. on November 22, 2008 at 6:51am
Dang Bruce, that thing is a freak of Nature, beautiful colors! That gill looks flat out ticked off!
Comment by OldBaldGuy on November 21, 2008 at 8:21pm
Now that you're 30, one of us will explain it to you, Jason. You did just turn 30, didn't you? LOL
Comment by Frosch on November 21, 2008 at 4:28pm
Sweet gill Bruce. Now a word of warning for anyone like me who didn't know what a cuckolder was. Maybe I'm the only one, I don't know. If you google "cuckolder" you will learn many things. Most of them have absolutly nothing to do with fish. There is one link that I think you might be refering to.
http://www.livescience.com/animals/060918_sunfish_smell.html

I would say that gill diffinitly has the "If I had a chance dude, I'd kick your butt" attitude.

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