Thursday, April 12, 2012

A Memorable Outing That I Want Forget Anytime Soon


I found out Tuesday why I need a good supply of flies and poppers.  I think most of you already know where this post is going—bluegill fishing. I hope I am not boring you guys with all the posts I have been doing lately about my trips to reach my 100 super bluegills during the spawning season. I know when I stared this blog it was mainly to keep a fishing log of the time of year, water temps, moon phase or any other information that might help to become a better fisherman. Little did I know that the blog would enable me to meet and converse with some expert fishermen, who has help me learn so much about this sport I truly love.
So with that said Tuesday’s trip will be a memorable outing for me to say the least. In a four hour span I landed a total of 32 bluegills and during that time I brought to hand some of the largest bluegills I have ever caught on Walker County Lake. I was culling fish from the very start of the trip to try and reach my limit which is 20 on this lake. I made the limit with some big bluegills; four were in the 1 lb category and the 2 Shellcrackers were over a pound. I used two different fly rods starting out with my 3wt 9 ft. Streamflex and later using my new 4 wt. 9 ft. St. Croix fast action. In fact if I had not had the 4 wt. I would have never landed the Shellcrackers. A lot of these fish were in submerging cover which made it a challenge to catch a lot of them. Through it all I lost 4 poppers to the Shellcrackers who are still swimming with them in their mouth somewhere in the lake. After adding my 20 big bluegills today I am 56 away from my goal. I feel a little better about reaching my goal now after today’s adventure.
This was one of the 1 pound beauties
If this Shellcracker had jump many more times I would have lost him, the White Betts Popper fell out of his mouth once in the boat
Another pounder held by the caretaker at the bait shop on the lake
The prize at the end of the trip--this is an outing I will remember

The J & M Popper prove to be a winner early in the morning--the Fire Tiger size 8 has exceptional action with the legs placed so that the fly floats perfect on the water surface--I landed some huge bluegill early with this popper--thanks to J & M

26 comments:

Kevin Frank said...

Nice gills. I think fly fishing for bluegill is trending up. I'm hearing more spin fisherman talk about it.

Howard Levett said...

Nice going. Last year due to high water I didn't trout fish much, substituting bass and gills. It's a blast that's for sure.

Bill Trussell said...

Kevin
Bluegill can present a challenge, especially if they are in brush, and if they are slaping at the fly as oppose to really hitting it. Another factor is the presentation, if the fly hits the water to hard then they spook and you have lost the element of surprise. Sometimes a delicate presentation helps to entice the bigger fish into hitting. Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Howard
With the crazy genertion below the dam, and Alabama Power's disregard for the trout fisherman, it drives me to warm water fish more. I wish I had access to a free stone stream, but it is what it is. Thanks for the comment

John said...

It's still too cold in these parts for topwater action. Last week I could see a whole school of 100 fish just staring at my presentation.

Brk Trt said...

Your getting there.
I'm going to check out those poppers.

Bill Trussell said...

Brk
Good poppers wide gap hook for better hook set. Finish on these poppers are exceptional. Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

John
It shouldn't be long before you are out with the poppers. Do a post on the action when things warm up. Thanks for the comment

J. said...

Congrats on all your bluegill. I'm sure you will reach your goal very soon! Nice 1 lbers!

Bill Trussell said...

J
Thanks for the comment

J and M Flies said...

Bill glad to hear the Fire Tiger popper was rockin it for ya today! I am going to link your blog with mine for the shout out. Thanks so much for sharing and again glad to hear they worked so well. Not surprised though! :)

Shoreman said...

Can't wait for it to warm up a bit. Just when you think that's going to happen, you get 3 inches of snow like we did this morning.

Mark

Sanders said...

What a day! That is a good looking mess of gills you got there...a few poppers seems well worth it for that kind of action.

Glad you got out and a little closer to the goal. Well done!

Bill Trussell said...

Sander
Everything on this trip worked to perfection---fishing 2 days after a full moon--no wind--low barometer--70 degree water--limited boat activity, 3 other boats other than me and last a bit of overcast, when you have these conditions one can't help but catch fish. Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Mark
Hard to believe you guys are still getting show--when it warms up get out and land some bass, and bluegill for me using some of the poppers I told you about. Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

J & M
I couldn't think of the name of this popper, but I really wasn't onto the name as I was the huge biuegill it help me land. You guys have come up with a winner here. Thanks for the comment

riverwalker34 said...

Tasty treats. Good to see someone as thrilled as you to hammer those bluegills too. Any luck on my flies, lol. You make me jealous. I caught one fattie and called it quits the other day, lol.

Bill Trussell said...

Josh
All 20 were dressed and put in the deep freeze. I really like the fishing part but the eating part is what make the whole thing worth while. I will be getting to some of your fiies soon. Thanks for the comment

Ty said...

Awesome! I broke out the 3 wt. yesterday and caught a few bluegill myself, but none were as big as those!

Rick Kratzke said...

Looks like you did very well on your trip, congratulations on some nice catches.

Wes917 said...

Very nice outing. I can't wait until it warms up here enough to head out. Keep em coming, hope you make it to your goal.

Bill Trussell said...

Ty
I have been and caught lost of bluegills over the years, but I had never caught that many huge ones in one trip. I know I will not be that lucky again at that lake. Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Rick
All the stars lined up right for this trip. Thanks for the comment

Blake Hamilton said...

Some serious giants, I don't think I give those enough of a shot throughout the year?

Bill Trussell said...

Blake
Landing these bluegills can be habit forming--these things are a blast on the 3 wt. Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Wes917
Last year I made it to 85 this year seems to be a little more difficult. Thanks for the comment