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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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Mini Bluegill crankbaits

"Excellent looking baits Dick!"
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Mini Bluegill crankbaits

"Thanks for the comeback. I'm glad there working for you like I said I haven't got to use mine yet no I'm getting anxious. "
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Snapper

"We've got too many turtles in my lake.  If you use bait, especially live worms, you'll catch a turtle.  They are mostly Red Sliders that people release when as pets, they get too big."
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"I was reluctant at first to spend the money because so many of the lures and fishing tackle items that are made overseas is not very good quality, but after reading the good reviews,  I thought why not.   I'm very satisfied.…"
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"WHOA JEFF !! NOT ONLY A GREAT FIND;; BUT A GREAT COLLECTION !"
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Mini Bluegill crankbaits

"Nice Jeff you know there worth that much. I bought some last year but haven't had a chance to try them out yet. Let me know how they work for you."
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Mini Bluegill crankbaits

Took a chance and bought these on ebay for about .90 each. They suspend in the water and actually have very good action. I changed to smaller split rings and bronze hooks. I've caught Bluegill, crappie and bass on these little baits at my local park…
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Big LP BG on the line!

"Was the water that much of the pea soup (less than 3ft of depth visibility)? Not enough water to balance the heavy activities in that water. Haven't situated away at the new place yet to visit the lake for observation. They closed down the…"
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Big LP BG on the line!

"WHOA JEFF !!!!!!  NOT ONLY IS THAT A HUGE BLUE GILL;; BUT LOOK AT HOW CLEAR THAT WATER IS !! IM TOTALY JEALOUYS NOW !!!  MY HOME ATER IS EXTREMLY;; TEA STAINED;; CAN ONLY SEE;; MAYBE ABOUT A FOOT DEEP !          …"
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Crappie

"Dick are you making these little lures or just repainting them?"
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Big LP BG on the line!

"Leo.. They are super fun now.  They don't make that initial drag pulling run that Redears do, but for their size, they are one of the best fighting gamefish available."
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Big LP BG on the line!

"They may be small, but they fight as hard as their relatives underwater. We need to inject a few silver carp traits into them to make them super fun."
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Big LP BG on the line!

"These giant Bluegill are so much fun to catch.  It's just too bad that they don't jump like their relatives the bass do!"
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"Actually it's more of a Purple Head.  Those big males in LP are really dark."
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Fishmounter with a 10.5" chunk

"Yeah Sonny, it was a blast.  Thanks bro. Kind of an easy relaxing way to catch those tough, hard fightin' Bullgills!  I still am amazed at how long it takes to get those big boys in!   You can't horse them in with 2 lb test.."
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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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"THE FISH WHISPER ;; SHOWING OFF ANOTHER HUGE LP COPPERNOSE !  CONGRATS TO YA SONNY"
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