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Clobbered the Bluegills

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With my wife in rehab from her back surgery, I fished the facility's concrete pond for bluegills and caught one on every cast.

 

I was using rolled up dough from white bread on a small gold hook with a small bobber.

 

Was lots of fun getting back to fishing with ultra light tackle.

 

And the bluegills were beautiful. Rich colors and very active.

 

Sorry to say there are no bass in the pond.

 

There were dinks last year when I went and fished the place but could not get one single bite from a bass yesterday.

 

Oh well, you take what you get.

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The bluegills fight much harder than the bass pound for pound. It's definitely fun if you have the right gear.

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I really enjoy catching big bluegills on artificial baits. They're a blast on fly gear as well. 

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You know what I have not fish for bass for quite awhile becuz I enjoy this.

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I seem to catch more bass, while targeting panfish.  So that has been my approach on most of my weekly outings this year in my spare hour or two on the weeknights.  I have caught some bluegills that were easily ten inches, and probably close to a pound in weight...well, that may be a bit dramatic, but huge gills.  

 

I actually learned how to fly fish this spring, panfishing.  My first ever attempt (after learning to roll cast) I hammered like a dozen gills and as many or more crappie.  

 

Caught my PB largemouth on my panfish setup.  Now, to put it into perspective, this fish was still shy of 5 pounds, but to me, it was a giant!  On a five foot ultra light spinning setup with 4lb test, a slip bobber, 1.75'' panfish plastic, and a 1/32nd oz jig head!

 

Last year, I was all gung-ho on catching big bass, and I really limited myself, and didn't catch a whole lot of fish.  This year, I have over simplified my approach, gone out with the mentality that any fish is a good catch, and I have had the absolute best year so far fishing.  Plus, when you are ok with catching a bluegill, it's almost impossible to still get skunked! 

 

Keep fishing for those gills!

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