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WELCOME TO BIG BLUEGILL!!

This website has been created for all of us who love BIG BLUEGILL and FISHING FOR BIG BLUEGILL! Create an account, post blogs about bluegill and redear sunfish and talk about bluegill fishing, research bluegill history, view photos, and post photos of our favorite fish. Your bluegill, redear or pumpkinseed picture doesn't have to be of a gigantic fish. A nice fish with a happy angler or pretty background will do just fine. Photos of redear sunfish, pumpkinseed, hybrid sunfish, or other lepomids (sunfish) are also strongly encouraged. Bluegill fishing methodology is discussed here.  Big shellcrackers and pumpkinseed sunfish rock! This website has tons of great information on bluegill fishing. We especially like bluegill and/or redear sunfish videos.

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DOWNSIZING BAITS AS THE WATERS COOL 50 Replies

One thing I have noticed, season after season, is that once the water temperatures drop below 55 F the bluegills show a marked preference for smaller jigs and baits. Yesterday, 11-11-14, I had two rods rigged with small jigs...one was the Pink Shrimp Auto at 1/32 oz and a # 6 hook and the other was a 1/64th oz shad dart head with a #8 hook. Both jigs were spiked with very small worm segments and as the evening wore on the baits just got smaller as the gill wanted just a hint of bait on the jig. Both were fished on 4 lb mono with 5 ft drops below small sensitive bobbers. Worm segments were approximately 1/4 inch or slightly smaller.The PSA caught some fish, but was clearly outfished by the SD head, likely because of it smaller size. Got just as many bites on the Auto, but missed many more fish. The bite was soft with the small plastic oval bobber just 'tilting' at times or slowly going under.Mostly hen gills but a few males in the mix along with some pretty p-seeds. Best fish of the day was a 9.5 inch P-gill hybrid. Most fish were 8 to 9 inches, some larger.More than likely, I will go to 100th and even 1/200th oz Trout Magnet Heads as the water temps continue to drop and tip with a couple maggots or perhaps a wax worm. And, will likely have to switch to more sensitive bobbers as well.Yesterdays totals were 50 gills/seeds and 2 bass. Fish were stacked up against the dam face as the wind blew in heavily from the south west on this 6 acre public lake in southern PA. Five ft…Continue

Started by Jim Gronaw in Sample Title. Last reply by Jim Gronaw Nov 20.

BAIT TIPPING CHALLENGE...WORMS vs GULP! 64 Replies

Well, I had never done it before, but today I decided to try tipping my 1/64th oz shad dart jighead with two different baits to see if it would make a difference. I fished a small public lake in Adams County, PA from 3 to 5 pm. Weather was splendid...68 degrees and partly sunny skies and calm and the fish were biting.Last week I had to go to the drop-shot/live worm rig to catch fish that had settled near the bottom of 6-8 feet of water after a cold front. Not today, as I found fish 5 ft from the surface over a submerged creek bed. Using the jig with a small piece of garden worm, I caught fish steadily until I reached a count of 19 fish, then decided to try the Gulp! minnows as a tipping bait. Since the entire 1 inch minnow would make a bulky, oversized offering for the gills, I decided to use the back half of the minnow as a tipping option, suspended just like the jig/worm option. Here are the results...The first three fish I caught on the Gulp minnow tipped jig were the three largest of the day at 10 to 10.5 inches. I don't know why this is, maybe a small group of bigger fish just cruised in at this particular time, but the top three were on successive casts. Maybe the jig and Gulp presented a slightly larger offering that only the bigger fish would approach...just a guess.I caught the same amount...19 apiece...on each tipping option for a total of 38 released fish. Most of the fish on the Gulp tipping were 9 inches or better, and the worm offering fish were just slightly smaller. I fished each option for one hour.Worm fish tended to take the bobber under with more gusto, and would make the bobber dissapeer. The fish that took the Gulp tipped jig tended to 'trail off' with the jig, not always pulling the bobber below the surface. Sometimes, they would just 'tilt' the bobber and you had to be able to…Continue

Started by Jim Gronaw in Sample Title. Last reply by Johnny wilkins Nov 24.

A Big Thank You !!! 7 Replies

To all the People that came to the Bluegill Rendezvous I want to say " Thank You for making it a big success ! We knew that fishing would be tough but getting to meet the other members that we visit with on Bluegill Big Bluegill   was the real Trophy, could not ask to meet a finer bunch of people. We got to visit while looking in each others tackle and  techniques, we ate good and had a big time with lots of laughs and giggles, overall I hope everyone had as big of a time as I did, and if you get a chance to attend another Rendezvous I will highly recommend  it, it was one of the best times I have had in a while. Once again  THANKS  for  big time , I see you at our next one  .    LOFRContinue

Started by Lord of the Fly , Rods in Sample Title. Last reply by David, aka, "McScruff" Sep 8.

High Tec Pieces of Art Quills 23 Replies

Lookie,Lookie Lookie,  Look what I got in the mail this weekend, these pieces of art with my logo on them,  and on top of that they glow in the dark, THANKS Carl, the only thing I have found wrong with these is you need to sign your works of art, or at least put your initials on them . If you only new how many  bluegill are going to be hooked under these  with my fly rod. Again Thanks a lot  for mine and Kendall's new Quills.    LOFRContinue

Started by Lord of the Fly , Rods in Sample Title. Last reply by Leo-pomis Humanochirus Sep 11.

Highlighting the "How to"......... 4 Replies

Some of you have probably noticed the recently featured material in the form of a few blog posts from yesteryear......we love seeing your photos here at BBG, but traditionally, we have always had a soft spot for the nuts-and-bolts, how-to's, and tips and techniques that allowed you to catch that BG in the first place!So, in the days and weeks to come I will be perusing the archives, looking for lost treasures.....the kinds of stuff that made BBG the GO TO place for bluegill content on the web, and I will be dusting these gems off, and letting them sparkle in the light of day once again.If there's a piece you remember reading, or better yet one that helped improve your catching abilities, let me know and I'll see if I can find it.....lots of newer members may not have gotten to see it on the first go-round!AND, if you have an idea, or technique, or methodology that works well for you, please consider sharing it with us right here on these pages!  I know we have the best group of Bluegill anglers in the country right here and now, so let's hear what you've got!Continue

Started by Tony Livingston in Sample Title. Last reply by jim cosgrove Aug 28.

Twenty words or less for folks wanting more successful bluegill fishing. 164 Replies

You're absolutely NOT allowed more than 20 words in your post.No questions allowed...only recommendations.Have at it. Me first.Continue

Started by Bruce Condello in Uncategorized. Last reply by carl hendrix Nov 20.

How do I get these BG to bite during the day when they are in deeper water? 42 Replies

Hey guys,I have been catching BG pretty good just before dark when they are in the shallows feeding, but I can't seem to catch them during the day when they move out to the deeper waters.I have access to a rowboat and a depthfinder. The depthfinder was saying they were all around us when we were anchored in about 7-9 ft of water casting in to about a foot away from cattails on the shore. I tried everything trying to get something to bite in the deeper water, but nothing would even take a nibble.I want to be able to catch these guys in the deeper water...what do I have to do? I'm in West Michigan if that matters...I'm thinking about buying a waterproof thermometer so I can find out the water temp out deeper.Hoping some of you have better experiences with this and can help!Thanks,-CDContinue

Started by Craig DuShane in Sample Title. Last reply by John Sheehan Aug 16.

Gills take center stage...:) 28 Replies

   I just thought I'd share this article that was in the Duluth News Tribune today. There has been a lot of talk about panfish in our area lately since one of the best lakes had such a huge fish kill (See my blog "The Death of Something Grand"). So the paper decided to get some good news out there. The reporter and I had an excellent outing, I was able to get him on a lot of good gills and crappies. It is really great that folks are taking notice and we can promote our wonderful fish this way, please take a moment and read! http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/content/hooked-bluegills-saginaw-man-plies-area-lakes-his-favorite-panfish Here is an updated link to the articlehttp://www.northlandoutdoors.com/event/article/id/233963/Continue

Tags: gill, Blue, Duluth

Started by Nathanael Deloach in Sample Title. Last reply by David, aka, "McScruff" Sep 1.

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Mad River Canoe Adventure 14

September 20, 2014

Took the Mad River Adventure 14 'yakkanoe' out again. As I mentioned before, it takes 21 days to make a habit stick. That said, more trips are definitely needed!

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My Secret Fishing…

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Posted by David, aka, "McScruff" on September 20, 2014 at 4:30pm — 14 Comments

Tail Gunner Tactics For Gills

Hey guys and gals... I know this tactic is nothing new, but I think it deserves review.The 'tailgunner' rig for shallow bedding or feeding gills is simply the use of a small, floating crankbait with a short dropper tied to it with a dry or wet fly attached.



We used this simple rig today for over 70 gills over a windy, shallow spawning area and could easily have caught more. We like the small floating Rapalas or the Yo Zuri Tad Fry and a six to 10 inch dropper of 6 lb test lo-vis mono… Continue

Posted by Jim Gronaw on May 31, 2009 at 8:41pm — 11 Comments

Experimenting with slip floats.

Since I'm unable to fish,broken heart  I thought I would post a few photos showing what I'm up to with my floats. This first photo shows the materials I'm using: Cans of primer and topcoat, 3/16" rigid aquarium tubing, glass beads from the craft store, some 5/32" hardened drill rod used for a turning mandrel, 1" square balsa blocks, and some split, flat washers and O-rings, used for float weighting.…

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Posted by Tony Livingston on December 30, 2012 at 12:01pm

Souped up slip bobbers... part 2..

Slide the tube back into the foam body and secure it with a drop of glue. I recommend  leaving about 3/4" of the tube sticking out of the top of the float body.

Now, take those metal flat washers, clamp em' in a vise, and use a hacksaw to cut through one side. Like thus:

Slide an appropriate amount of…

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Posted by Tony Livingston on August 22, 2012 at 1:20pm — 12 Comments

Souped up slip bobbers...part 1

Okay, so maybe I usually call em' floats, not bobbers. Whichever you prefer, chances are there are a handful in your tackle box. Many of us cut our angling teeth drifting a worm below a float, and indeed that is surely a fine way to catch a Bluegill. I still reach for a float of some sort on many occasions, although these days I'm more more apt to suspend an artificial jig beneath it than I am a hapless garden worm.

But no matter the bait, the float still has to do it's part to put…

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Posted by Tony Livingston on August 22, 2012 at 12:30pm — 8 Comments

Coldwater/Warmwater Bluegill

Being a fisherman from southern California, where is rarely gets under 40 to 50 degrees in the dead of winter, why do the Blue gill in our lakes here stop biting when we have this cool weather? It is Very hard to even locate them! Most of the lakes and ponds in the northern states freeze over from freezing temperatures, yet you have great Bluegill fishing through the ice. Cold water is cold water, no matter where it is right? Well, Bluegill are Bluegill in any area too right? So how come us… Continue

Posted by Jeff Soto on February 23, 2009 at 7:26pm — 12 Comments

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A Merry Christmas to you, and blessed holiday cheer

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FISHING THE HIGH PERCENTAGE AREA OF THE LAKE (fishing the numbers)

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"tipped with a spike that will be lethal dick.that should work all year "
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No sunnies today.

"I'm curious how your pal Rob prepares the catfish to eat .I don't have that part down yet. "
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No sunnies today.

"Chicken liver ,great bait ! Using hot dog chunks I've caught some fine Channel Cats up to 10#."
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These are the new rules for the little lake I fished during the summer…

i really wish they would of capped the sunfish at 8"
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"This spot is literally less than 5 min from my house Slip Sinker but, i can only get to it in fall/winter.Spring/summer its gets thick.Ive caught some nice fish there......"
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No sunnies today.

"Thanks Slip Sinker & John for the replies.Slip Sinker,sunnies are my favorite fish to catch but,in fall/winter  i go for some kittie action & have caught a big blue every year.John,my buddy Rob took 3 home & that was the very reason…"
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"everything looks great Dick! you have a very creative mindset for this!"
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"Your right Ken I think its the right size for a crappie bit may have to cut down for the gill bite unless you just fishing for big gills."
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"a definite big crappie bite right there "
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"Your right Dave Simple Dick that's me."
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"Again thanks Mark. I made these for the ice they again all glow in the dark and the wings might have to be shortened or might get more short bites than we like. I guess they can be cut shorter if to many short bites occur."
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No sunnies today.

"You saving any to eat? They look like nice channel cats you're catching Mike! What bait did you use?"
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