Friday, August 15, 2014

Working on the Tail end of my Bluegill Quest

The last of August is the official end for my bluegill quest this season and at the rate I’m going I may not reach the number 50. I’ve had a few good distractions this year such as helping our daughter and son-in-law with our new grandson and some traveling with the wife. I used Thursday morning to renew the quest on Smith Lake using the yellow and gold size 18 Bar Nunn popper off the rock walls. It was like a fall morning with temps in the mid 50’s with a light jacket needed once I got on the water.

I landed numerous sun fish which is what we call these colorful bluegills down south. It would be nice to land some larger, but for some reason I have never landed any larger than this one.

This one gill will get counted along with another I landed off the walls using the Bar Nunn popper. Letting the popper set motionless for some time was what triggered the hit.
The bass was non existent off the walls, mainly because of all the generating being done on the lake at this time. The bluegills are slow but the bass are in lockdown. I did mange to land a small spot with the small popper off this wall and that was the end of the top action for bass fishing for the morning.
I landed numerous bluegill this morning with my 3 weight which was a lot of fun but only two was worthy of the count that puts me 29 away from my quest; fillets ready for the baking pan.
Baked fillets, bake fires with a toss green salad makes this trip worth getting up at 5 AM.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

10 comments:

Howard said...

Well Bill, you know I love to follow your bluegill quest, but I'll settle for a nice bluegill dinner!

Mark Kautz-Shoreman said...

Hi Bill. Missed the post last Friday because I was on the road home. I don't know why so many people use heavy line (in this case the 8# on the new rod for Bryson) fishing for Crappie, Trout, Bluegill, and the like. I run into so many people that do. On to today's post, 29 monster Gills in 16 days seems like a tough goal.

Brk Trt said...

Bill that first fish has colors that rival a brook trout.
Fine looking fish dinner.

pondstalkerblog.com said...

Bill, I am with you in thought my friend, as you attempt to reach your goal. A couple of good days would really put you in the hunt..........

A good batch of Bluegill sure do make for a tasty meal. YUM!

Bill Trussell said...

Howard
Baked bluegill is hard to beat for a tasty meal. Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Mark
I'm trying to make it as easy as possible for Bryson and the line I guess is a good start, yes it is a tall order to hit the 50 for the quest this year. thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Alan
The sunfish has to be the most colorful of all the warmwater species I fish for. Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Mel
The generators are working against me for the quest this year. Thanks for the comment

Kevin Frank said...

Glad to see you're getting your fill of Omega3.

Bill Trussell said...

Kevin
The Omega3 is actually an addition for me, just can't get into!! thanks for the comment