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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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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. 153 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 Ken Sobanski Sep 27.

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.

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.

Blog Posts

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 — 7 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

Top Discussions 

1 Creation of reel-spool winder?

Creation of reel-spool winder?

Posted by Leo-pomis Humanochirus on October 13, 2014

2 Road Less Traveled

Road Less Traveled

Posted by Joe Angelucci on October 19, 2014

3 Prayer Request

Prayer Request

Posted by Brian Jones on October 11, 2014

 
 
 

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David, aka, "McScruff" commented on David, aka, "McScruff"'s photo
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"Ken- The rod rack is actually a coat hangar I picked up at Target. I cut it down as you see it. Its aim is to keep the rod tips secure while afloat. Other ideas tried would hold the rod tips, but wouldn't let them go - they held too tightly!…"
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Tadpole lure - what is it?

"Yeah, Ive seen so many in the last few days they kinda run together. I'll see if I can find a decent deal on a few of those. Sometimes it gets kinda stupid with pricing. I saw one the other night - 49$ Thanks Tony"
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"Great shot Bruce! That fish is crazy!! Excellent cover material."
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Tadpole lure - what is it?

"David, the snap bean comes in two sizes, 1" and 3/4" Also, the Matzuo nanocrank is available in 1" size (NC2)"
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Tadpole lure - what is it?

"This little Tadfry has caught a lot of fish. The gills were smacking it as soon as it hit the water. I caught several that way. Ice also hooked some hefty bass on this very lure. It's actually kind if a go- to for me. Well it used to be - now…"
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New Jersey UL fishing

"Awesome crappie."
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dick tabbert commented on Chris Salmon's photo
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New Jersey UL fishing

"Its a beauty I love them things."
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"Awesome Monster Bass."
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Jim Gronaw commented on Chris Salmon's photo
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New Jersey UL fishing

"Pumpkinseeds, man...one of my favorites!"
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Jim Gronaw replied to Joe Angelucci's discussion Road Less Traveled
"Sounds like a great season and sound advise as well! Good for you!"
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New Jersey UL fishing

"nice slab she is holding Chris!! "
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carl hendrix commented on David, aka, "McScruff"'s photo
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New Improvements

"looks like you have it together now  David;; except;; where is the motor!!!  LOL!!"
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carl hendrix commented on David, aka, "McScruff"'s photo
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Tadpole lure - what is it?

"I have several mini crank baits;; haven't used them yet;; saw a post from Jim Gronaw about  using a nymph or something;; tied onto the back hook; about a foot long.  says its deadly... hmmm;;;  NOW I GOTTA TRY IT!!!"
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"guess it has to do a bit with-- ethics and morals.  one thing I have found on bbg site is;; very deciated people with good ethics; and morals.  proud to know each and every one of you."
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Ken Sobanski commented on David, aka, "McScruff"'s photo
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"Rod rack looks awesome David!"
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Joe Angelucci commented on David, aka, "McScruff"'s photo
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Tadpole lure - what is it?

"David Artlure is just fishing with plastic artificial lures, no bait or flies. Looks like you got all bases covered :)  "
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Ken Sobanski commented on David, aka, "McScruff"'s photo
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Tadpole lure - what is it?

"That lure does look intriguing ... thats one thing ive never tried is ul crankbaits. Ill have to give them a shot. "
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