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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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High Tec Pieces of Art Quills 15 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 carl hendrix yesterday.

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 on Thursday.

Twenty words or less for folks wanting more successful bluegill fishing. 151 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 Jim Phillips Aug 24.

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" yesterday.

What is keeper size? 32 Replies

I am a complete newbie to gills.  After thinking about it for the last couple years, I went for the first time the weekend before last and I am hooked!One question (of many) I have is how big does a gill have to be before I should consider keeping it?  I ask from the standpoint of cleaning effort versus size of fillet. Maybe the better question would be; how small of a gill would you keep?Keep in mind that from the research I've done, it seems like a 10" gill is pretty big up here in North Dakota.  And my question is coming from a "selective harvest" mindset.  Since gills are an afterthought -if thought of at all- for most anglers up here, I want to do my part and thin out the runts so the big ones can get bigger.Now, being one guy in a small minority of anglers fishing for gills might mean that whatever I do will have no affect whatsoever.  But, I'd rather just do the "right thing" and hope everyone else does too.Am I overthinking this? (I have been known to do that before!)Continue

Started by Mike Schmidt in Sample Title. Last reply by J. B. Hillard Jul 15.

Jigs and colors 6 Replies

How do you decide what color and type of jig. I have always just been a cricket or red worm on a hook guy Have tried a few jigs with not much luck trying to learn more way to catch them It may all be me not the bait just trying to learnContinue

Started by chuck pool in Sample Title. Last reply by kim burnett Aug 13.

BLUEGILL RENDEVOUIS 123 Replies

  Back in the old days the old mountain men would get together for a rendevous  , Tootie and I were just wondering who would be interested and like to join us in early Sept on Reelfoot Lake in Tennessee  for a Old fashion bluegill rendevouis . This wont be a fishing tournament but just a BBG get together for a good time catching fish, eating good,swapping flies and lies.  Does this not sound like too much fun ! We arn't getting any younger, let us know what you think!   LOFRContinue

Started by Lord of the Fly , Rods in Sample Title. Last reply by Johnny on Saturday.

Blog Posts

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 — 6 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 — 11 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

Float Fishing for Panfish - The basics

In Indiana, as well as most of the country, panfish are the most sought after fish by the majority of anglers. Of this large family of fish, bluegills and crappie make up the majority of the anglers focus. Harvested numbers of these two fish typically exceeds 100,000 fish in any given year on a large reservoir or lake. And of these fish, a large percentage are caught on live bait.



There are many ways of fishing live bait, but for panfish some form of bobber fishing is the standard… Continue

Posted by B. Waldman on January 1, 2009 at 10:03am — 31 Comments

Top Discussions 

1 what kind of yak are you prowling around in?

what kind of yak are you prowling around in?

Posted by Brian Jones on August 27, 2014

2 NEW RENDEVOU PLANS FOR 2015

NEW RENDEVOU PLANS FOR 2015

Posted by carl hendrix on September 1, 2014

3 Pedestrian Bridge 9-1-2014

Pedestrian Bridge 9-1-2014

Posted by Allen Morgan on September 1, 2014

4 High  Tec Pieces of Art  Quills

High Tec Pieces of Art Quills

Posted by Lord of the Fly , Rods on August 17, 2014

5 A Prosperous 2014 Panfish Season To Date

A Prosperous 2014 Panfish Season To Date

Posted by Jeffrey D. Abney on August 1, 2014

6 Highlighting the "How to".........

Highlighting the "How to".........

Posted by Tony Livingston on August 6, 2014

7 Gills take center stage...:)

Gills take center stage...:)

Posted by Nathanael Deloach on June 15, 2014

8 i just clicked on the  main button

i just clicked on the main button

Posted by John Foro on September 1, 2014

 
 
 

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"Hi thanks for the feedback  on my 2nd cast I was using a Fenwick lunker stick with a shimano 4000D baitrunner with a bleeding shad rattle trap chrome blue not shure of brand, then a Z-man fatty z with a blood red weedless hook with a o ring on…"
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Some more creek fishing

"This was a nice suprise the other day at the creek i fish,this looks like a coppernose & while i do catch gills at this creek....they're not coppernose."
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Some kittie action from the local lake

"Live on channel 5..........it works."
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Some kittie action from the local lake

"Live tilapia - now that's one you don't hear Very often!"
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Some kittie action from the local lake

"Yeah Carl right about now & all through winter them bluecats will bite,John you made a good guess.....that kittie was just shy of 6 pounds.McScruff love them prairie trouts....fried."
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Some kittie action from the local lake

"Yes sir Carl got some nice fillets out of those cats."
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Some kittie action from the local lake

"Thanks Carl,John,& McScruff.......them kitties were biting that day(and the rat reds too)all cats were caught on live tilapia 3 to 4 inches long.The reds were hitting the shrimp."
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Rodger's biggest gill to date.

"a few more and it would called a dinner !! "
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This is probably a personal best Red Breast for me.

"nice rod and reel chris;; not a bad looking gill either!! "
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Etowah River Shellcracker

"Yes sir, I grew up on the water with my daddy & am proud to take my son now. It's the best way to raise them. Saturday we hit the field for dove hunting."
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Labor day weekend carp action

"way to go there Chris!!  bet it gave you a good fight bud!! "
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