Sunday, September 7, 2014

The Bluegill Spawn is Over For This Year


Well another spawning bluegill fishing season has come and gone without me reaching my quest of landing fifty super size bluegill during the spawn. I can be somewhat content knowing I landed some nice bull gills this year that gave my 3 and 4 weight fly rods quite a workout.

This season added a few more poppers, as if I needed more flies, to my collection including the Barr Nunn popper. This was the popper that proved that color really makes a difference at times during the spawn. I will be back in action for another season next year, and hopefully reach my goal. I ended this season 23 short of my goal.   

This colorful Pumpkinseed sunfish was one of the last gills I brought to hand for this season----looking forward to next spring!!


 

 

18 comments:

Howard said...

Another enjoyable year sitting on the sidelines watching Bill. Is it not possible to still catch those bulls?

Mel Moore said...

Here in Colorado, I have not had a good Bluegill season period. As I told you previously, I would love to have the opportunity to fish for just a handful of those big 'Gills. Applaud you, Bill, for the great effort and for sharing with all of us readers.

Walt Franklin said...

You get an "A" for effort, Bill, and for catching a nice bunch of sunnies anyway. Thanks for sharing!

Brk Trt said...

Something to look forward to buddy. I love the beauty of that sunfish

Mark Kautz-Shoreman said...

Maybe the bulls are done for the year, but there are still a bunch of those little guys to make a day of fun with your 3 wt.

Justin Carfagnini said...

Done fishing already? I'm sure that they will take a streamer of some sorts if fished at the correct depht.

Bill Trussell said...

Howard
Thanks for all the support this season, and yes a few big bulls can be caught from now until late fall, but one has to go extremely deep to land a those. I am talking 30 feet or more for the big ones, which is some deep water and very slow fishing with a nymph. Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Mel
I appreciate all your comments on my quest this year. I have a feeling those ponds you live close to has some big bluegill lurking in them. I would be in one of them early next year as soon as the bluegill start spawning, which gives you a chance of landing some quality fish. Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Walt
The sun fish was an added bonus this year, and a lot of fun. Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Alan
The sunfish has to be the prettiest of all bluegills I land. Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Mark
Those small hand size gills are fun on the 3 weight, but the big bulls are at another level. Thanks for following the quest this year

Bill Trussell said...

Justin
Those big bulls are way too deep to fish with a streamer, even a beadhead nymph is tough and super slow. Thanks for the comment

Lester Kish said...

Pumpkinseeds. Pretty fish. Sure were fun to catch when I was a kid back east.

Bill Trussell said...

Lester
I use to land pumpkinseeds much bigger when I was a boy fishing small creeks back home in Mississippi. Thanks for the comment

Juan said...

Beautiful fish, that pumpkin seed. I'm not sure if we have those in California. Good job on the bull gills this year! you will get them next year!

Bill Trussell said...

Juan
I'm going to start earlier next year the last of February might do it. Thanks for the comment

riverwalker34 said...

There's always next year! Perhaps, if you don't have one already, you could pick up a nice glass rod on ebay to use next year for bluegills.

Bill Trussell said...

Josh
Thanks for the advice concerning the glass fly rod, but I have made a commitment not to buy any more fly rods, the rest of my fishing days---I hope I can follow through--thanks for the comment