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Yea' Buddies ! Best Sunfish Trip Ever ! :-)

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So, based on those big Red Ears that I caught last week at my home lake, I decided to go try for them at a much smaller lake, about 10 miles away (as the crow flies) because I knew their would be WAAAY less boat traffic {no water skiing, or motors over 10hp, keeps pressure way down}.

Now, I haven't caught a big sun fish out of this place for close to 10 years.... so it was a little bit of a goose chase. Then, because of slightly off color water, and mostly breezy, so water was kind of choppy, I was pretty lucky to have found a nice bedding area....

But once I did, whooo hooo ! :) I think I ended catching about 30 Sunfish, for 40 lbs ! Mostly Red Ears, but I caught some really nice 1 to 1 1/2 lb Bluegills too ! And they all fought ridiculously hard :)

As for actually weighing some, let me put it this way.... I kept 12 of them. I weighed my water bucket, and it was (conveniently) exactly 1 lb. I then put in all 12 Sunfish that I kept, and minus the 1 lb bucket, they went 22.1 lbs ! I picked up what looked like the biggest, and weighed it by itself, and it went 2 lb 3oz (my PB is 2-7) Those are some darn nice Sunnies for me :)

Oh, so I took them home, filleted them up, and I just got done with an absolutely screaming good Sunfish dinner !

Geeez, that was SOOO much fun. Hope they are still up next week.

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Peace,

Fish

PS, I lost either one monster twice, back to back... or two monsters back to back, that the second time I hooked it, I saw it, and it really could have been my 3 lb'er :(

But thats okay. Cool to know I even have a chance at one that big.

It's also VERY cool to know that after all these years, this little lake still holds giant Sunnies :)

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Nice those are monsters!!!

Jeff

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Sounds like an awesome trip Chris.Nice fish also,WTG!!

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Nice work! My last trip to Oneida netted quite a few stud pumpkin seeds that I took home to the wife, along with a 4 lb. walleye and some rockies. Got to love panfishing.

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Nice man way to go! Those are huge sunfish! What type of gear were u using if you don't mind me asking? I have some ultralight gear that might be perfect for hunting big sunfish!

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Much thanks guys :)

ICU, I was using the same rod I often use for 100+ lb Sturgeon ;) LOL No, seriously...

My G-Loomis SR720, which is a 6ft, 1 piece, rated for 1-4 lb mono. Granted, I used a micro-braid (2/10 lb test) but I used a 6lb mono leader, for the Sunnies....

Oh, and I caught them all on night crawlers.... Which were bigger than I'd have preferred, but what the hey, I guess I managed okay ;)

Man, I'm so tempted to do it again today, but stuff to do. I REALLY hope they are still up next week though.

Peace,

Fish

Nice man way to go! Those are huge sunfish! What type of gear were u using if you don't mind me asking? I have some ultralight gear that might be perfect for hunting big sunfish!

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It's a little (600 acre) drinking water lake about 50 minutes from my home.

Fish

Were you fishing a lake close to home or is that a part of the Delta I don't know?

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It's a little (600 acre) drinking water lake about 50 minutes from my home.

Fish

Drinking water reservoirs are the bomb, if you know where and how. Shhhh!!!!!!

I noticed you were in your G3, no HP restrictions I take it? Ours are very restrictive, sometimes "oars only."

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I think I know the lake, thanks Chris. You ever fished in Marin?

J Francho - I wish I could get at lease a float tube on my home waters, they are all no water contact so hiking in/out from shore is the only option.

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Yeah, ours are no "human contact" as well. Hip boots for launching, and nets for landing, etc. Oh, and the ubiquitous "wide mouthed P-jar," LOL.

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very nice

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Well JF, kind of....

You can put any boat you want to on this lake, even a high per bass boat.... you just can't actually fire up anything greater than a 10hp. So, with my 25hp, I'm restricted to t-motor only. But that's okay. The lake is small enough that with a couple group 29 batts, I can fish any part of the lake.

And believe me, I still bring my gas tank and keys ;) Hey, I'm all cool if my t-motor will get me there and back, but in an emergency, I'm sure not trying to paddle for 2 or 3 miles !

Fish

Drinking water reservoirs are the bomb, if you know where and how. Shhhh!!!!!!

I noticed you were in your G3, no HP restrictions I take it? Ours are very restrictive, sometimes "oars only."

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Fine looking Sunnies man!

Big O

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