Friday, May 4, 2012

Adding to my Super Size Bluegill Goal

I made a quick trip to Rock Creek yesterday to fish areas of Smith that I haven’t fished in years. I forgot how beautiful the Rock Creek area is, especially the high rock wall formations with all the cave holes carved out in the walls. I was competing with a huge bass tournament with some 125 boats zipping up and down the creek most of the morning. I felt good about landing fish on top especially some nice Spots, but they were not cooperating. Even fishing the fly rod by myself in Rock Creek couldn’t entice a hit. I was fishing the Boogle Bug brand on my 5 wt and had my 4 wt rigged with size 8 Wooly Bugger. I have to add a plug here for the Boogle Bug; it has to be the best of the best when it comes to poppers. This popper is so durable and tough that they will last season after season. Back to the trip I fished from 6 AM until 9 AM using nothing but the white Boogle Bug which during that time produced some nice bluegills to add to my total count for the spawn. I did release some smaller bluegills that for some reason thought they were big enough to inhale the size 6 Boogle.  The key to getting the big hit was placing the popper right against the rock wall. The hit would come 10 to 15 seconds after the popper had landed lightly on the water’s surface. These big bluegills seem to know when the presentation was heavy instead of light meaning no action. I never used my 4 wt all morning, because the action was fairly consistence on the popper, so why break up a good thing. After today’s outing I am 48 away from my goal. Saturday morning I hope to add to the total and have some quality Spots to report on.
This bull inhaled the size 6 Boogle
Super size gill off the wall
Three of these bluegills were between 8 and 9 oz. I said when I started my goal I would only count 8 oz. and above --the top and bottom gills were 16 oz. --they are like landing a spot when they turn their wide bodies side ways. They gave the 5 wt a bend!!---these 5 put me 48 away from my goal.

28 comments:

Blake Hamilton said...

The way your going, your gonna have to up your quota ;)

Anthony Gardner said...

Absolutely fabulous fish. Man, they get big where you are from!

Brian Schiller said...

Nice gills! I bet that was a gas on the fly. I love huge rock faces to look at while fishing. Very picturesque! Those poppers look amazing as well. Awesome report Bill!

J and M Flies said...

Nice post Bill and congrats on getting closer to your goal. BTW I think you should be the Boogle Bug spokesman!

Brookfield Angler said...

Look at the shoulders on those things!!!

Chris Barclay said...

Bill, you have been catching some seriously impressive fish! I'm jealous!

Chris Barclay said...

What's the water depth you are primarily fishing?

Sanders said...

Awesome fish! Funny how a fish always seems to know a good or bad presentation.

Keep going, over half way there!

Ricky Anderson said...

Now that looks like a really good time! Way to go!

Kevin Frank said...

I think I used that same fly today and go the same results.

Bill Trussell said...

Rick
Catching these bluegill is a hoot!! Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Rick
Catching these bluegill is a hoot!! Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Sanders
The big bluegills seem to know if the popper or fly is realistic--not the smaller ones they will hit anything any way it is presented. Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Chris
The average depth for the bigger gills is 25 to 30 ft. That is why you have to have patience to wait for the fish to come from the depths to hit the popper. I usually wait 10 seconds or more to get the hit. Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

J & M
These bluegill were not the same size as the ones I landed 4 to 5 weeks ago--there were three in the pound range. Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Brook
The really big ones are a blast on the 3 or 4 wt. Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Brian
When you are fishing in a beautiful place it only adds to the trip. Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Anthony
Three in the pound range. Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Blake
I think it may take me three or four weeks to reach my goal. Thanks for the comment

Brk Trt said...

Man do those fish look awesome.
The poppers are really molested.

Howard Levett said...

Hey Bill, you're one of my heroes! Great job on moving up a few notches on your goal. Those are some beautiful, fatty gills. I'm going to have to scout around and find some like that. I'm hungry.

Ty said...

Dang, those are some nice bluegill. Been following your progress on your quest closely, so I always look forward to these updates!

Trout MaGee said...

Man those gills would give my 3wt. a work out. Excellent fish. Nicely done man. I know where to come for some MOnster Gills thats for sure. Thanks for sharing. Tight Lines.

Bill Trussell said...

Brk
You never know which popper will work best for each trip. Sometimes they want a dark color and a light color works best other days. Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Howard
I don't know about the hero thing, but I do know that you and I are in the same lane when it comes to fishing. Thank buddy for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Ty
I really had a successful trip today, I will be doing a post on the trip in a couple of days. Thanks for the comment

Casey Ryan said...

great report man, and some great gills there!!

Bill Trussell said...

Casey
Thanks Casey for the stop by-still got a ways to go. Thanks for the comment