Monday, April 9, 2012

The Upside Down Bream Killer & Little Fatty Popper Score!!


This weekend I spent four hours early on Smith Lake chasing the Spots and of course the big bull bluegills. I was fishing a full moon and I knew the fishing should be good and I wasn’t disappointed. I didn’t want to waste time gunning the motor down the lake, so I started right at the lunch with the black Boogle Bug using my 5 wt. Redington. After a couple of cast I connected with a 16 spot my largest and landed four more before the sun took over and turned the bite off.  In fact nothing was happening with the bass even down deep with the Buggers or Craws on up in the morning; so when this happens on Smith you come prepared for the next level. I had my 9 ft. 4 wt with the BreamBug’s Little Fatty size 8 tied on and started to work the banks with cover. The popper didn’t disappoint helping me land some super big bull bluegills. I was moving it with a slight jerk which was causing some water movement. I would let it set for a few seconds and then the popping hit would occur. These big gills on the 4 wt. were giving the rod quite a workout. After the top action slowed I switch to the Upside Down Bream Killer by BreamBugs. I was fishing in cover and letting the fly sink some and moving the fly slowly over the cover and usually the hit would occur right above the submerged limbs. I was using the 5 wt here because I needed the extra backbone to land these big boys. I did break off once and lost my Upside Down chartreuse but the black Upside Down prove to be the killer. I ended the trip with a total of 11 bluegills with six being the ones I counted toward my goal of 100. After adding these 6 biggies I am 76 away. Catching these big bluegills is something else on the fly rod---you just got to love this stuff!!!!
I had rather land this 16" Spot on the 5 wt instead of landing a 3lb. using  a 7 ft. heavy action casting rod and casting reel--why because you have got to process some skill to play and land a fighting Spot on the fly rod as opposed to jerking the 3 lb in the boat in a a matter of second--just my take on the casting rod verses the fly rod.
This big gill was in water 20 ft. deep, I have read that some of these big bulls never leave the deep water to spawn.
This one big tree had 6 bluegill in it with one breaking off my Chartruse Upside Down Bream Killer, but I did get 6--3 being the big boys with the Black Upside Down Bream Killer, right above the submerge limbs. The water was super clear---really a pretty place
Take a look at the lower left bluegill, he took the Little Fatty Popper--he came out of the water twice trying to throw the popper
I really like this popper because of the concave face which created some water movement---from BreamBugs

14 comments:

J and M Flies said...

Glad to hear you got into some spots Bill. Awesome fish!

Brk Trt said...

Nice action. I like that popper.

riverwalker34 said...

I prefer using a smaller why rod on lake bass. They don't fight like smallies and I like a little action too. Those bream look yummy.

John said...

Those are some hefty gills Bill.I'd never tire of chasing them with a fly!

Howard Levett said...

Bill, you're having way too much fun. Save some for the rest of us.

Bill Trussell said...

J
The spots on Smith never know when to quit fighting. Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Brk
I hope I don't lose it, I am losing poppers at a fast rate landing some of these gills. Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

River
The reason I use the 9 ft. rod is for distance. The water on Smith is super clear to the point where you can see 10 ft. down. If the spots see you then the game is over; they are pressured heavy on this lake and the least bit of distrubance they will leave fast. Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Howard
I wish you lived closer to go on a trip with me to experience the fight in some of these fish. Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

John
You are in the zone with me, when it comes to bluegill fishing. I hope I make my goal of 100.
Thanks for the comment

Rainbow Chaser said...

When we go Bluegillin' and get one of these nice ones, the lucky angler yells "bull". Fun activity to watch and an absolute blast on 4 or 5 wt. lines. Atta' boy, Bill!

Bill Trussell said...

Mel
Nothing like landing those bluegill on the 3 or 4 wt. Thannks for the comment

J. said...

I have never fly fished but I've heard it's a blast! Probably end up picking it up in the future. enjoyed this post. nice looking bluegill, and that spotted bass was a looker as well. Anyway, I'll be checking in from time to time. feel free to check out my blog as well!

Bill Trussell said...

J
Glad you enjoy the blog--if you ever start fly fishing you will be hooked. Thanks for joining up with Fishing Through Life.