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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.
Who would have thought, just 9 years ago, when Morgan Company property manager, Dave Buhler, met up with the Pond Boss, Bob Lusk (yours truly) at a Bass 101 seminar in Athens, Texas, that we would fast forward and be talking about giant bluegill we are growing in 125 acre Richmond Mill Lake? Morgan Company president and founder of King Fisher Society ( www.kingfishersociety.com ) Jim Morgan sure didn't. His passion has been largemouth bass. Now, he sees the significance of bluegill which grow beyond two pounds. That optimistic soul actually expects to grow bluegill surpassing the 3 pound mark...on a regular basis. Yes, those 7-8 pound bass are certainly garnering big attention, but the spectacular sizes of bluegill have become a new source of energy for those who hear about it. Funny, I'm the consulting biologist for this spectacular lake and I have come to believe it has the potential and opportunity to grow bluegill beyond that magical benchmark of 3 pounds. The lake was drained in 2001 to make major renovations on the dam. That project took four years. In 2004, we started planning and talking about what to do with this historic lake...one that played a role in saving lives during the Civil War. Fast flowing water exiting at 7-9,000 gallons per minute. Water with a pH less than 5.4 all the time...how could that kind of system possibly raise such giant fish as grace the camera lenses of awed anglers on a regular basis? We figured it out. Now, the world gets to hear about it, and some of you, members of www.bigbluegill.com could sure be able to experience it. For a VERY short time, the high end, very expensive King Fisher Society is opening its doors for $600 per day for a day fishing trip in groups of 4 or more. I promise you...I have been there since its inception...that is a steal. If you want a trip where you can have a legitimate opportunity to top your personal best on a…Continue
ok so whats the difference or is there a difference.. as far as i can tell a redear just has a red or orange color on its ear.. now the pumpkinseed also has a red or orange color on its ear but has white on the sides of the red color.. is there any other real difference.. ive seen people call redears pumpkinseeds and seen people call pumpkinseeds redears..Continue
I invite everyone to welcome our new member from OshKosh WI, taxidermist and artist Joshua Knuth, and check out out his fantastic work on his website.. www.knuthart.com/taxidermyJoshua's work is just amazing. The amount of fine detail is brilliant. We have several really talented wildlife artists on this site!Continue
A Christmas Fish Poem 2012 Come gather around people, if you want to hear A Christmas Story about my fishing trips this year T'was the night before Christmas and another year later Again I got my cravings for fish and potaters But first let me admit my sins from the past Back in May I caught a big fish with every cast I snuck in again at the backgate of Richman Mill And caught so many the pile could be called " Bluegill Hill" So now I was looking for someplace new, Ponds with Big Bluegill, yes, this is true I heard of a place where the fish are enormous, They feed them , and grow them , just like it was for us So what is the question you think I should ask ya?, Where will I go ? Well I'll tell you , " NEBRASKA" So I headed up North to try out my new flies Greg had sent them to me , What a Surprise , Flies like these I have never seen sold, But I really wanted one that looked like a mole. I wanted to score more than the Badgers in the Championship Game, Catching all of the fish was the reason I came, But I did'nt need my flyrod , that was a good bet, All I really needed was a long handled dip net. These ponds were all shallow and only eight foot across, The fish were all healthy, like they were raised by Pond Boss They were all full of fat bluegill don't you see, And there they all were, waiting, just for me. An Alabama wind whispered," This will be alright, If you just get out of here before it gets daylight." Catching fish in a barn really didn't take a brain, So I filled up my cooler with the " Condello Strain " Let's have a Christmas Fish Fry, and all of yall are invited, And if Chris brings his pet we will all be excited. Leo and Sharon , we have got room for you too, And maybe even Bruce will show up out of the blue. I'll have Dick Tabbert at the door to welcome you in, Everyone needs to come, and I'll always have room for Jen. I need to wrap this poem…Continue
Okay, guys and gals...this is just a fun discussion here. Let's incorporate all the big bluegill 'stuff' we can think of to put these great fish in the lime light and top of the daily headlines! Examples...-Hot New Deals at Bluegill Pro Shops!-Bluegills R Us...toys for fishing toddlers!-And that great old hit..."I Wish They All Could be California Gills"Get the idea? Sure...songs, cars, iconic representations of 'Bluegill Americana" and more. Let's see what we come up with, be funny...have fun!Continue
Finally got to break this thing in. Our own Walt Foreman built it for me as a specialty BG rod, designed for casting lightweight offerings without any added weight, or float, while still experiencing the awesome fight of a big Bluegill.It's built on a 2-weight flyrod blank, but I'll let the builder fill in the rest of the details.......What I can attest to, is the sheer functionality and beauty of this rod.....Thanks Walt, looking forward to putting it through it's paces!! Continue
Like many American males, I have a recurring fantasy.It usually strikes while I’m sitting at my tying bench, admiring my latest creation through the big magnifying glass on my tying light. Instead of the cluttered, out-of-focus bench top in the background, I see my newest fly gently drifting downward in sparkling water, surrounded by a forest of aquatic plants. Suddenly what I thought had been a shadow materializes just beneath my descending fly. It is the largest bluegill I’ve ever seen. It must be spawning season; his chest and belly are irridescent reddish-orange. Frankengill's pectoral fins slowly fan as he adjusts his position beneath the falling fly. At the last possible second, his lower jaw juts from beneath that massive forehead, and he tenderly sucks the fly into his mouth...Bruce has asked me to jot down a few thoughts on “why I like bluegills.”That’s a bit like asking me “why I like the opposite sex,” only even more difficult to answer. I was so young when I started liking bluegills that, at the time, I thought girls were just slow targets for snowballs. Luckily for me, my appreciation of both has done nothing but grow through the years.Now that’s not to say they both haven’t been the source of some frustration and broken hearts. Especially the bluegills.It’s well known within the limited circles I travel that my single greatest unfulfilled angling goal – the #1 item on my personal “bucket list” – is to catch a 2-lb. Nebraska bluegill on my fly rod.In theory, it’s possible. The Nebraska record – now 31 years old – is a 2 lb., 13 oz. monster caught at Grove Lake in the northeastern part of the state. A bait fisherman caught it on a nightcrawler. Some of the sandhills lakes on the Valentine National Wildlife Refuge in northcentral Nebraska have given up numerous two pounders – usually through the ice. Further west, two lakes named Smith reportedly harbor giant gills. I was at one of them just last spring and heard several folks in the campground talk…Continue
Whether we're fishing at the salt or in the fresh water, there's always some kind of live notification via the web system, indicating how contaminated the water may be for body-to-water contact. Just sharing with you something that you may like to keep for reference, when you decide to take your family to a freshwater/saltwater beach. The site covers the entire coastal region of the US. Sorry folks, but agencies within the inland states are not providing much info for the system to be…Continue
Posted by Leo on May 21, 2013 at 3:40pm
I had the good fortune to trick a really nice Bluegill / Green Sunfish Hybrid over the weekend here in Nebraska at a certain private body of water.
The water was clear enough that I spotted the fish, and thought, "that guy looks pretty big."
I cast my fly near him and he inspected it but…Continue
First a little history and then I'll tell you what worked so well for us. I've been looking for a trophy redear fishery to take my family to for quite some time and Barkley Lake's fairly close to where we live at 190 miles. I booked the trip way back in January and have been chomping at the bit to get down there. As the day approached for us to leave, I was wondering if the high water they were having would ruin our trip, not to mention weather being on the cool side. I knew monster redear…Continue
I just found a free app called My Fishing Advisor. It looks are all factors, time, tids, moon, temps, humidity, etc... and by species of fish and will tell you the best time of day for fishing success in the body of water you are in. I am digging this app so give it a try after all it is free.
Fished a pond today and caught 20 gills in the 7'' to 8" range. Most gills were shallow but not on beds. Around noon temp was 82 degrees and sunny and fish shut down. They would just look at fly like they were dazed? We caught these fish on fly rod using mostly sz 10 and 12 bead head nymphs. Should i have been fishing deeper water for bigger gills? This pond was only 10 or 12 deep at the most.
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