This bull is the first of the morning headed for the baking pan. Four fillets coming from this fish with the fixings is an awesome meal. He fell prey to the Bar Nunn popper which worked really well before the sun appeared. I landed this fish on my 5 weight which was the backup to my broken 4 weight. I hope to have the 4 back next week.
This early morning gill nailed the white Bar Nunn popper right before the sun appeared over the tree tops.
Deep South the bluegill spawn occurs at least 5 times from April through August. The
full moon is the indicator for the spawn for each month during a given year.
The bluegills are most active four days before the full moon and four days
after the full moon. They will eat anything that is placed near their spawning
beds during those 8 to 10 days. Cold fronts will drive the fish off the beds
during the early spring months, but they reappear after a few days of warm
weather. Knowing the full moon phases is critical during the bluegill spawning
time. The rock wall above is one of my favorite walls to fish when the spawn is
Where do the bluegills go after they spawn? Deep water and the ones on Smith hang out around the rock walls such as those in the image above. They spend more time on the rock walls than they do on the spawning beds throughout the year. I have caught big bluegill that regurgitated small shrimp while landing them. Those shrimp are located in the cracks of the big rocks and boulders located on the rock walls. The fresh water shrimp is the magnet that draws the bluegill to the rocks.
When the white popper faded, the yellow landed a few; patience is the key when fishing the walls, sometimes the popper would sit motionless for 15 to 20 seconds before a light hit occurred.
After the sun appears expect smaller gills, such as this colorful sunfish, that took the Muddler Moth; an obvious throw back to land next year.
Alan’s dry was also in use, with the 3 weight as the casting tool.
A few bass were hitting the dries as well as the bluegill. This spot put up quite a fight pulling against the 3 weight. Numerous dries and poppers were used this morning, some produced and others didn't work on this outing. Those that didn't work today may prove to be winners next time out. I didn't count any bluegill today for the quest. Some were close but I think I can land some a little better on my next trip.
A Side Note: My wife and I put our house on the market last week with a local real-estate agency here in Jasper. We will be moving to Springhill
as soon as it sells.
Hopefully it will sell before school starts August 1st. Tennessee
We want to be closer to our grandchildren and watch them grow up. They are at that fun age now of 7, 5 and 2. Our daughter and son-in-law have been wanting us to move closer to them for the past 3 years, so we have decided it is time; neither of us are getting any younger. I have already checked out the fishing spots in the area and there are many. The
is near, which I intend to fish often over the coming years.