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Be Careful On the Coast

All you from North Carolina, Virginia and Delaware be careful.Continue

Started Sep 4

Bluegill Spawning
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Do Bluegills spawn twice a year? If so, when is their second spawn, October?Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jeffrey D. Abney Aug 26.

Average Jig Weight
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I realize there are variables, but what's the average jig weight used for crappie and gill? Just need somewhere to start. I'll be fishing lakes.ThanksContinue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bruce Tomaselli Jul 23.

Fillet Size
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What size gills are too small to keep and fillet? In other words, worth the effort. I've been shore wading for them and can't get them over 6 inches.Opinions are appreciated.Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by John Sheehan Jul 17.

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Be Careful On the Coast

All you from North Carolina, Virginia and Delaware be careful.See More
Sep 4
Jeffrey D. Abney replied to Bruce Tomaselli's discussion Bluegill Spawning
"Hey Bruce this is a good question........my OPINION for North Carolina is the May Full moon through the August Full moon with only a few stragglers in August.......for example ....I cleaned 60 gills this afternoon in the 5 to 7 inch class with over…"
Aug 26
John Sheehan replied to Bruce Tomaselli's discussion Bluegill Spawning
"I recall catching active Gills in October in the shallows on spinners but dont think they were bedding just Hungry like you say . "
Aug 26
Bruce Tomaselli replied to Bruce Tomaselli's discussion Bluegill Spawning
"I live in Central, PA. Maybe I'm thinking of the heavy feeding they do prior to winter, John."
Aug 26
John Sheehan replied to Bruce Tomaselli's discussion Bluegill Spawning
"I dont ever recall seeing Bluegill beds in October here in New Jersey.Where do u live Bruce?Might be different by you ."
Aug 26
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Bluegill Spawning

Do Bluegills spawn twice a year? If so, when is their second spawn, October?See More
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"Very cool lures. I'm going to have to look to see If I can find any of my own."
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Bruce Tomaselli replied to Bruce Tomaselli's discussion Average Jig Weight
"Thanks, All. I'll be fishing mine under a float. I won't even bring up favorite colors, ha, ha! When I was in my 20s I'd cast a jighead Mr. Twister under a float and twitch it back to me. That seemed to work okay as far as I can…"
Jul 23
tracy willis replied to Bruce Tomaselli's discussion Average Jig Weight
"bluegill-1/32 oz with #6 hook most of the time in spring and summer.  1/64 if i need to fish it extra slow.  usually by july and august the bigger gills are out on the ledge by then mixed in with bass thats when i break out drop shot or…"
Jul 22
Jeffrey D. Abney replied to Bruce Tomaselli's discussion Average Jig Weight
"Good question Bruce........this one is debated quite often but here's my two cents and I fish jigs under a float 90% of the year......... Crappie........I like 1/32 ounce almost the entire year with the exception of peak season in the spring…"
Jul 22
dick tabbert replied to Bruce Tomaselli's discussion Average Jig Weight
"Everyone will have different answers. I love finesse fishing so I throw usually small jigs start from 1/16 and 1/32 and down from there. Now when it get windy you may have to go up in weight but as a general rule for my weight I do love 1/32 oz…"
Jul 22
Bruce Tomaselli posted a discussion

Average Jig Weight

I realize there are variables, but what's the average jig weight used for crappie and gill? Just need somewhere to start. I'll be fishing lakes.ThanksSee More
Jul 22
John Sheehan replied to Bruce Tomaselli's discussion Fillet Size
"When i do it , 7.5-8.5" ."
Jul 17
Jeffrey D. Abney replied to Bruce Tomaselli's discussion Fillet Size
"I clean alot 6 to 8 inch gills but I also like smaller fish from time to time........I will sometimes clean a hundred or more fish in the 4 to 5 inch class for a tasty treat........but most of the folks I know would not be patient enough to clean…"
Jul 17
Ronald A Wilson replied to Bruce Tomaselli's discussion Fillet Size
"6in would be my smallest .I think the best eating size is 7 to 8 in "
Jul 17

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At 8:39pm on June 1, 2016, Kelly Peterson said…

Hi Bruce, I had them custom made for me but they used two piece, 8 foot 4 weight fly rod and two piece, 8.5 foot 6 weight fly rod blanks. Graphite of course. On the 6 weight my rod locker only takes 8 foot max so they cut 3" of each end to stiffen it up some. I use these latter rods for walleye fishing, the 4 weight for panfish.

Since I use braid they used non ceramic guides and if you use slip bobbers then you need some oversized guides so the bobber stop doesn't hang up all the time. Also don't put a real long handle on them, think mine are only 12" with the reel seat just slightly forward of center in the handle. Can't stand using a longer rod with a 18" or longer handle section which most of it is usually wasted because they stick the reel seat at about 12-14" from butt end.

If I can help you any more let me know. arrowskp@live.com is my email where I could take pictures of these rods and send them to you.

Thanks, Kelly

At 8:08pm on February 6, 2015, John Foro said…

sounds good, i don't fly fish all the time but i do enjoy it and like to tie some of my own patterns as well as tie jigs as well. we'll have to exchange cell numbers. i might even visit buck valley this winter yet. i think there is a way to personal message someone or email, not sure if we can exchange that kind of info on these posts or not....maybe some one can chime in and let me know. thanks,

john

At 5:24pm on November 24, 2014, John Sheehan said…

Last year I got two beautiful Fall Trout , a Rainbow and a Brookie but this year tiny Rbows .There was a massive fish kill this Spring and 140,000 Brook Trout were euthanized because of the Furunculosis disease .Devastation for Trout  Fisherman .

At 9:04pm on February 4, 2013, Badgerloader said…

Bruce:  try "wobble jig" under Sporting Goods - get the 1/16 oz. with #2 hook - $5.65 for 25 + $4.50 shipping

At 4:44pm on July 26, 2012, dick tabbert said…

Bruce hope you enjoy the site there is lots to look at and the site is getting bigger all the time with even more info and ideas.

At 6:08pm on July 25, 2012, dick tabbert said…

Welcome Bruce to Big Blue Gill. This is a site with loads of information where we can learn and enjoy in what we like doing best, fishing. In this site we have loads of information we can feed off of and share and learn and having a good time doing so. We have FORUMS, BLOGS, CHAT ROOM, SPECIAL GROUPS, VIDEO'S, and the best PHOTOES you can find anywhere on the internet. Feel free to jump in and investigate the site it is loaded with information and above all don't be afraid to participate we are all still in the learning process and improving and honing our skills making us better fishermen/fisherwoman and enjoying it all throughout the process.

What you personally may add my be that little extra something that we can put in our own little bag of tricks something we can use to make us better fisher people ourselves.

We are all about Bluegill, Big Bluegills ( Bluegills, Sunfishes, Red Ears, Brim family) but not to stop there you will read about many different species of fish even some you may not have known even existed in the Blue Gill world and forums with many picture to share, but our main goal is catching that ultimate giant Gill so we can meet that special goal and maybe some braggin rights along the way. Its just a good well rounded site with loads of information with good people a family atmosphere who don't mind sharing, we have loads of fun doing so which you will see.

Our Video section that will keep your blood pumping and make you want to be fishing on that special lake or river fishing your heart out. (TAKE A KID AND DADS FISHING) such a great high. Above all we want you to enjoy yourself don't be afraid to share some of your fishing experiences with us we would love to hear about them please don't be afraid to share your exact lakes with me with all GPS coordinates and the exact baits you used it will be our little secret.

We have the best Photo's on the web some being so good you will be in aw and they are so addictive you'll keep coming back for more, there is truly some beautiful stuff there posted for our BBG family. We all love to share and share we do with some breath taking photo's. It will take you hours to see then all and you'll enjoy every minute of it..

Be aware of our Chat Room which in my opinion is very under utilized but you must be log in to correspond on it. So by all means log in and use It you will meet some interesting and great people there. Enjoy have fun but above all always stay safe. GOOD FISHIN..

At 5:13pm on July 25, 2012, Vince Fusco said…

Hello Bruce and welcome to BBG. It is always good seeing new members. There are many good people here willing to share their fishing knowledge. Across the top of the main page you will see different headers, just click on one of these to get around this site. We have a photo section with some incredible pictures, there is also a group section where you can get your fly tying questions answered. At the bottom right corner of the main page you will see members online, just click on it and you can choose someone to chat with. I hope this helps you navigate you way around a bit. Again  Bruce.it's good to have you here, Bruce.

 
 
 

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