Thursday, May 9, 2013

Fishing For Some Beautiful Bluegills With The Betts Poppers


I have spent a few days in Mississippi this week fishing with my brother landing crappie "future Post", and some colorful bluegills that were left behind by the bobber fishermen. Thursday afternoon was best with the temps in the lower 70’s and no wind at all. In other words it was a glass water surface perfect for some fantastic popper action with the fly rod. The water temperature was still in the cool stages from a number of cold nights they had experienced a couple of days earlier. The bite was not explosive but one could differently tell when the popper was being taken. Soft hits are usually the case when you fish after a cold front. I never used anything but the Bett’s popper all afternoon; with a variety of colors used to entice the hits. It just seems one color would not suffice.
This is one beautiful bluegill, notice the orange belly--taken on a white dot Betts Popper
Another counter with the cream Betts Popper
Nice fat dark bluegill on black legged Betts Popper
Another counter on the white legged Popper
The last counter of the afternoon, with the white legged popper stuck in the throat--I count five here making me 75 away from my quest.
 
 
 

28 comments:

The Reel Fish Posse said...

I am counting them down with you, Bill. Those are beautiful 'Gills. Catching them on the surface is one of the funnest things I have ever done in my fishing life. Some pugnacious brawlers sometimes.

Hey, also to add that I have a new blog up and running (I know, no big surprise.) Just thought I would get you to head over my way and take a look. Hope you will get me back on your blog list with the new blog.

Mel

Bill Trussell said...

Mel
Yes the top action is awesome; and the bluegills are the best of the best when it comes to hitting poppers on top--thanks for the comment

Kevin Frank said...

I got back in touch with the gill lover in me yesterday. Caught 7 big ones. I'd say I have about 90 more to go to get to 100. Well actually 97 to go because I caught most of the big ones from the same pond.

Justin Carfagnini said...

Those are some great looking bluegill! I love catching bluegill top water. So much fun! Easy way to get kids fly fishing, too.

Bill Trussell said...

Kevin
Count all 7 bluegills, which will give you 93 away. I am glad to see someone else is into the quest. Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Justin
I hope to get my grandson into the bluegill fly fishing as soon as he is big enough. Thanks for the comment

David Knapp said...

Bill,
Glad you are still finding some good 'gills out there! Catching them on top just makes it that much better! I'm enjoying the chance to come along on your quest. Good luck as you continue!

Mark Kautz-Shoreman said...

Finally getting warm enough for me to get out with those jigs and crappie niblets. Now I just need the time.

Casey Ryan said...

nice fish man, i'm looking forward to the next full moon to chase some gillzillas.

Brk Trt said...

That first guy sure is colorful.
Nice to see them whack that surface stuff.

Justin said...

Great looking fish Bill!

Bill Trussell said...

David
The bite is just about over at Walker County Lake--next week onto Smith Lake for some off the rock walls---thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Mark
I think you will find that the nibblets will produce. Looking forward to the report

Bill Trussell said...

Justin
Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Alan
Early spring produces some really colorful gills--reminds of a sunfish--thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Casey
At least two more full moons for some fantastic action on top with the fly rod. thanks for the comment

Justin said...

You're welcome Bill! I may take the GF fishing tomorrow for Mother's Day. She loves fishing. I also shared your post on my tumblr. http://gwodaily.greatwildoutdoors.com/post/50162353671/fishing-through-life-fishing-for-some-beautiful

Bill Trussell said...

Justin
Thanks for the mention, and I hope you guys connect on some awesome gills tomorrow. thanks for the connect

Howard said...

Bill, you are the Bluegill Master! I also look forward to counting them down with you.

Bill Trussell said...

Thanks Howard
I don't know about the master, but I do enjoy landing these awesome fighters. Thanks for the comment

Trail The Outdoors said...

Looks like you killed it with the poppers Bill. I just picked some up on Saturday. Hoping to give them a try as soon as the water warms up by me. Keep plugin away at that 100 mark.

Bill Trussell said...

Brian
I am having a blast trying to make my quest this year. In fact I am headed out tomorrow to fish for some big boys on Smith Lake "my home lake"--I hope to have a report sometimes this week. thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Brian
I am having a blast trying to make my quest this year. In fact I am headed out tomorrow to fish for some big boys on Smith Lake "my home lake"--I hope to have a report sometimes this week. thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Brian
I am having a blast trying to make my quest this year. In fact I am headed out tomorrow to fish for some big boys on Smith Lake "my home lake"--I hope to have a report sometimes this week. thanks for the comment

The NOCO Nympher said...

Very nice bluegills! Definitely a great way to spend the day. Look forward to your pursuit of the rest not to mention pictures! Tight lines!

The Reverend Fowl ™ said...

The darker fish are Warmouths?

Bill Trussell said...

Noco
Thanks for the encouragement--going again tomorrow, help to add to the quest--thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Reverend
Thanks for the info on the dark bluegills--I have learn something