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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 LedHed's photo
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"Gotta love those orange fin edges!"
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"I kept thinking there was another lake that had large CNBGs in SoCal!  I forgot about San Vin'!   If I remember correctly San Vincente is a hard lake to find the fish, but they are in there.  And I guess Otay has some nice ones…"
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Lake Perris, CA July 16, 2018

"Way to go Bob!  Another giant on the fly!  Congrats!  Look at those beautiful fins!  Was this pic taken early or late in the day?"
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11.75'' Redear Sunfish (7-13-18)

"Great catch Adam!  Congrats!  Those fish can really pull!  Big Bluegill are stubborn Bulldogging fighters, but Redears, once they figure out they are hooked, really take off!  Better have your drag set light or you'll break…"
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"Leo.. What are "legendary catches"?  Where can you catch Bluegill like LedHed does?  They can't get much larger without being record-sized fish!  Other than Lake Skinner and this lake, the only places that I know of…"
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Lake Perris CA, July 11, 2018

"Bob.. Those big Perris 'Gills are so much fun on the fly rod!  I have only used a fly rod once while I float tubed there a few years ago, and it was fun, but I got more fish on my ultralight spinning outfit and jigs."
Jul 13
Jeff Soto commented on LedHed's photo
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"Cool shot.  Those individual dark markings on it's head and gill flap are just like fingerprints on us humans.  No two are alike."
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Jeff Soto commented on LedHed's photo
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"An 11 inch Bluegill is unheard of in most states!  I remember when we would drive for 2 hours to fish in private ponds near San Diego for the "big" 8 to 9 inch 'Gills, and that was really something special.  Then I met…"
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"A perfect example of why they call them coppernose!  I still think that it should be copperhead, but people would get that confused with the poisonous snake.  That line looks way heavier than 2 lb test.  I know it's not,…"
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Jeff Soto commented on LedHed's photo
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"The 5th 12 incher for just this season!  And I've only got one for my entire life!"
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"Look at that breast and head!  James how long is this fish?"
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"Quality bumphead right there!"
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"I really like how Tim has put some yellow on these awesome Black Crappies.  Great poses too.  What sizes are these fish?  Man, I would sure like to see my PB 18 inch crappie and 12 inch Bluegill mounted together like this!"
May 19
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One of Two Bass on the Classic Heddon 'Dying Flutter'

"That's one of my old favorites!  But I like the "yellow coach dog" better than the white.  Do you really need that big snap swivel?  Most of my strikes came as it just sat there between jerks."
May 16
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2lb 4oz stud

"Yeah Dick, he'a a couple blocks away from me!  I'd be fishing with him but I have a torn Rotator Cuff (a complete tear) on my casting right shoulder, and I cannot do much of anything that involves motion in that area.  Surgery…"
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Lake Perris, May 15, 2018

"Very nice Bob!  Congrats!  Did you kick all the way over to the east side?  That's quite a distance!"
May 16

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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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