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Salmo Chubby Darter
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Has anyone used the little Salmo Chubby Darter other than thru the ice?  Seems like it would be a great vertical jigging bait for spring, summer and fall.  Tip the front hooks with waxworks or…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Slip Sinker Feb 2, 2016.

Hi Vis fluorescent monofilament
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Being an active fisherman that prefers monofilament lines for my ultralight fishing, I really like using the highly visible fluorescent lines. I've used all the major brands in clear and green, but I…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Chad Hood Jul 11, 2015.

Clear soft bait article
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 Has anyone used clear or tranlucent baits?  In the new winter issue of In-Fisherman magazine, there's a great article about panfish feeding on tiny zooplankton.  Though this write up is geared…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tony Livingston Dec 6, 2013.

"Ice Line" used during summer?
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I have a question.  I am  currently using a monofilament line designated for winter ice fishing.  Here in Southern California, during the winter months, we do not get any ice on our lakes, or even…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by David, aka, "McScruff" Nov 4, 2013.

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Jeff Soto commented on Jeffrey D. Abney's photo
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Flexed Out Flier.....11/29/2017

"What a beautiful fish!  Awesome fins."
Nov 30
Jeff Soto commented on LedHed's photo
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interesting double

"You finally got one.  I have seen that happen several times on your boat Sonny, and a couple times in my float tube.  Some of those bass that come up fast and make a pass on a hooked Bluegill were really big, like trophy size hang on the…"
Nov 29
Jeff Soto commented on LedHed's photo
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Another 2lb CNBG

"Wow!  That fish is over 12 inches.  Too cool. I'd like to see how thick it is.  I'd be going with you, but I've got a torn rotator cuff in my right shoulder. Hard to do anything.  I'm falling apart. Sucks.…"
Nov 20
Jeff Soto commented on John Sheehan's photo
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Steves Boat

"Looks like my old boat that I traded for a new Fish Cat float tube.  Nice little boat.  All you need for a small lake.  The net is kind of overkill for panfish though..Ha ha!"
Nov 8
Jeff Soto commented on LedHed's photo
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REs still showing

"What a nice Redear.  I know she pulled drag on your 2 lb test outfit.  "
Nov 8
Jeff Soto commented on LedHed's photo
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"The nice subtle coloring, perfect fins and body shape makes for a very pleasing-looking fish."
Nov 4
Jeff Soto commented on LedHed's photo
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angry man

"Love the silver bars, the purple head, the long ventral fins, not to mention the size.  Great 'Gill!"
Nov 4
Jeff Soto commented on LedHed's photo
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started with a nice RE

"Time to get out the worms!  Are they spawning again?  It's got a ragged tail."
Nov 4
Jeff Soto commented on LedHed's photo
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finished with a pig RE

"Nice Sonny.  Still biting along that trolling area?  Seems like you're still getting them with these cooler days and nights."
Nov 3
Jeff Soto commented on John Sheehan's photo
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5#3 oz. 20" White Catfish

"You know, if you used circle hooks, you wouldn't have to "set hard".  You just start reeling them in.  The fish end up setting the hook themselves in the corner of their mouths.  They rarely get hooked deep or in their…"
Sep 10
Jeff Soto commented on John Sheehan's photo
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5#3 oz. 20" Channel Cat Big Head /Dark Male

"We always keep our bait slowly moving on or near the bottom by drifting along in a float tube or boat or by reeling it in.  You cover more water this way, rather than have the bait just sitting in one place on the bottom.  What's that…"
Sep 9
Jeff Soto commented on LedHed's photo
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"This one has stripes almost like a Striped Bass.  Looks like almost every scale is dark.  A taxidermist's pain in the butt when painting a fish like this!"
Sep 8
Jeff Soto commented on Slip Sinker's group LINE WARS
"Leo.. I think we should just call you "Professor Leo"!  You no doubt have some degrees in chemistry/science anyway..  I always enjoy your informative comments and replies."
Sep 7
Jeff Soto commented on Slip Sinker's group LINE WARS
"Nothing here mentions the different lines and how SALTWATER use affects them.  I noticed,  as I am sure other fishermen who use their freshwater outfits in oceans and bays, that white powdery stuff that has formed on the line of the…"
Sep 7
Jeff Soto commented on LedHed's photo
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Fishmounter with a 10.5" chunk

"LedHed's spots are not really secret, anyone can spot his boat, but it's more his tackle, technique,  his special jigs and his ability to read and understand that depth/fish finder.  When I go out with my float tube,…"
Sep 5
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We Picked Up 36 Gills This Morning.........9/4/2017

"Boy your fish there have tall spiny dorsal fins and large eyes.  Now is that fish a coppernose?"
Sep 4

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Fall Equinox

Today is the Fall Equinox.  For all of us in North America, if you want to find where in your yard (or anywhere for that matter), the true east and west are, simply look at where the sun rises for true east, and where it sets, for true west.  Pretty cool.  As far as the Bluegill fishing goes, It should be pretty good until the weather changes and the water starts to cool down.

Posted on September 23, 2011 at 4:06pm

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At 3:29am on July 22, 2016, Eddie Mathis said…

Glad to virtually meet you Jeff. I figured there were a few tubers here, just too good a way to go after gills. 

At 7:46am on December 8, 2012, chris kowaleski said…

Well thanks Jeff! I coulda sworn I've added you before. The thing i know best is getting just getting some sort of bait into the water, haha!

At 11:17am on February 20, 2012, chris said…

Jeff

I just checked out your picture slide show.

Fantastic view. You have some very nice areas to fish.

Sure wish I lived close to some lakes like them.

 

At 8:12pm on November 21, 2011, DUANE SCHULTZ said…

Hi Jeff, I am looking forward to getting to know you.

Tight lines, Duane

At 5:52pm on October 12, 2011, Leo Nguyen said…
Thanks for the welcome Jeff. Indeed this is a great website. Plenty of tricks to learn from the members. There are 4 flies that I want to try out which I saw earlier in the Group. I'm adding tons of notes into my PDA from all the info found at this site. We have got to meet one another at Perris one of these days. My "forced" vacation days are coming up. So, I'll sync the week up with you to hit the water together.
At 6:14am on October 4, 2011, arthur cole said…
My Bad . It is nice to be on a clean site to much !!!!! on the web.
At 6:01pm on October 2, 2011, arthur cole said…
Sorry you are right just sick about it .I love kids and would never hurt them. I have two and tell them the Rug is sorry. Keep a tight line Arty
At 1:15pm on July 24, 2011, noel sanchez said…

nice pictures jeff, yup love fishing them gills. yeah leadhead is a good friend hes teaching me alot about jig tying and some other secrets hes got up his sleave

 

 

 

 

At 3:09am on May 4, 2011, David, aka, "McScruff" said…


Thanks, Jeff. I thought my addy was in the thread, but here it is:

 

David Hutton

1101 Cornish St

Aiken, SC  29801

At 7:54pm on May 2, 2011, John Nguyen said…
Hey Jeff, thats a novel idea.  I was out at Perris Lake today and caught 4 bluegill on circle hooks and crickets.  All were hooked in the mouth.  All in 15-20 feet of water.  Thanks for the tip.
 
 
 

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Best of 2017..........

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Crappie Washed Out In Cold Water.......12/10/2017

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Crappie Washed Out In Cold Water.......12/10/2017

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