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
Glad to hear you got into some spots Bill. Awesome fish!ReplyDelete
Nice action. I like that popper.ReplyDelete
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.ReplyDelete
Those are some hefty gills Bill.I'd never tire of chasing them with a fly!ReplyDelete
Bill, you're having way too much fun. Save some for the rest of us.ReplyDelete
The spots on Smith never know when to quit fighting. Thanks for the comment
I hope I don't lose it, I am losing poppers at a fast rate landing some of these gills. Thanks for the comment
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
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
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
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!ReplyDelete
Nothing like landing those bluegill on the 3 or 4 wt. Thannks for the comment
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!ReplyDelete
Glad you enjoy the blog--if you ever start fly fishing you will be hooked. Thanks for joining up with Fishing Through Life.
Soo happy you tagged up with a UDBK Bill.ReplyDelete