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colonel42

Huge Gills

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Went out fishing on a local lake last night with good intentions of catching some walleyes. A friend of mine told me the evening before they got into the eyes so I figured I would give it a try. On the way there a huge storm passed over so my luck was already heading down hill. Since we were only a few miles away we droppped the boat in anyway. Started fishing in the area he told me 25' of water and a hundred yards off the beach. Started catching fish immediately. Not walleyes though. Huge Blue gills. We fished for about an hour or so and caught 20+ that were 8" to 10" long. Man are they a blast to catch. They turn sideways coming up and made your rod feel like you had a huge hog on. Will be going back tonight with the kids and let them have some fun.

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Hope you can post up some pictures with the kids holding them. Ounce for ounce they are one fightin' fish.

Good luck, BobbyK

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Seems the big gills school up in the deeper water during the summer, while the smaller pan size fish remain in the weeds. I remember as a young kid I stumbled upon this pattern where I camped every summer, we would just go out a certain distance(no electronics) and then fish right over the side of the boat a foot off the bottom and wait for your rod tip to move. Got many big gills, bigger than I even realized back then, and oh yea do they fight for their size!

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I was pulling leadcore with small cranks the other day and caught a few big bluegulls out of 30 feet of water. Here's one way to tell you have a nice bluegill --- when it has the whole treble hook in it's mouth and has all three barbs holding grin

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