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General Discussion / Re: Pond Renovation.
« Last post by chunting on May 19, 2017, 07:43:20 AM »
Our coppernose bluegills are finishing up their second spawn and we've left them alone to tend to their business.  I just recovered from my first kidney stone episode and started back working on the pond house this week.  Yesterday I slipped one of my favorite rods, an older Sage SP 586, in the back of my old Suburban[1997] after deciding to do a little sampling along with some renovation work.  A fellow has to take a break now and then.  :)

One of our problems has been the number of the original bass stocking that are addicted to the Aquamax pellets.  They act more like trout when we feed.  We are paying these guys to eat small bluegills instead of panhandling on the pellets.  :)  So, time to check their size as many of them look to be approaching the magical 14" length at which we will begin to remove.  The kids will enjoy this culling work. 

I caught four bass and six bluegill.  Two of the bass were smaller, bluegill eaters I'd stocked as four to seven inches last year, to aid in bluegill predation, now in the 10-11 inch range but slimmer than the stockers.  I fed the fish and duped two of the pellet eating, stocker bass and put them on the tape and Bogagrip.

This 13 incher weighed 1.25 lbs.

The second taped 14+ inches and weighed 1.75 lbs and put up a really spirited fight on the five wt. 

Four of the bluegills appeared to be smaller females and I took two from one of the bedding area to see what size the bulls doing the spawning were.  Both bulls had great form and taped a solid eight inches plus.

We are really pleased with the growth of our bluegills to this point.  But here forward, reaching that magical size of one pound, will depend on adhering to our management plan.  My hope is to move the larger bulls into the 10 inch range by fall.  We will be almost there at that point.

I'm using Aquavet products to control the alligator weed and soft rushes in and around the pond edges.  Snakes haven't been an issue this year but I did remove a couple cottonmouths last year with the old .20 gauge.  :)  All none poisonous snakes get a free ride.

We began feeding a mix of Aquamax 500 and 600 pellets earlier this year.

So far, all is going pretty much as planned. 

Fishing Reports / fishingh 5-15-17
« Last post by Rick Z on May 15, 2017, 04:27:13 PM »
Went out today and finally found the fish.
Wanted fairly heavily weighted flies on the drop.
Slumpbuster variation and mini leech variation worked well.

Fly Tying / "Only" variations
« Last post by Rick Z on May 12, 2017, 03:27:27 PM »
One all black and some with a black thorax.

Fishing Reports / fishinbg 5-8-17
« Last post by Rick Z on May 09, 2017, 01:42:22 PM »
Went for a half mile hike to get into a pond.  Took a while to find that the fish wanted the fly just under the surface.
Caugh a lot of fish on an unweighted Only and an unwieghted Dr. Mike.
No pictures as I did not carry the camera and when I got home the batteries were dead.
I know you will trust me on this as fishermen do not lies.

Urban Angling / Round 2 Sulphur Creek
« Last post by Mbarker68x on May 05, 2017, 09:14:28 PM »
Made a short trip this afternoon. TFO Finesse 2wt, Cortland Retro II reel, small Betts Popper and a #12 squirmy worm.

Could see a lot of beds, most empty. Gills were abundant, and fell pray to the barbless squirmy worm and the lone bass to the popper.
Product Reviews / St Croix MoJo Bass flyrod
« Last post by Gillchaser on April 29, 2017, 11:36:39 AM »
I've been  wanting a Rod that would handle bigger woolyboogers and poppers to target bass and was hoping it would still feel light enough to fight big bluegills . I think I found it
It's rare to find a way to get anthing off a St Croix rod , they rarely discount any of them .
I figured out a way to get $20 off the Mojo bass flyrod and ordered one .
I ordered the 7wt. It's 7'11" and weighs 3.5 oz. pretty light for a 7wt rod with a fighting butt .
I got to cast it this morning for about an hour before the town pond folks starting taking over the park . Had one hit on a size 8 wooly worm and missed it . This was after giving up on my poppers and a couple size 4 and 6 woolyboogers.
can't wait to give it a good workout one day next week and get it slimed . Gillchaser
Fishing Reports / Re: I declare it officially dead ;(
« Last post by Linecaster43 on April 28, 2017, 01:52:36 PM »
Horrit when a fishing spot is no longer fishable.
Fishing Reports / I declare it officially dead ;(
« Last post by Gillchaser on April 26, 2017, 04:59:27 PM »
My favorite escape pond is officially dead . Our town pond was always good for at least 3-4  gills or at least a small LM . But not anymore .
I fished for two hours this afternoon without a nibble . It's been fished to death by out of county bait fisher people. I call them the white bucket group . They keep everything that has fins . We have signs everywhere about " resident only fishing" , "catch and release" , but nobody enforces anything .
The town has spent the last couple years sprucing up the park and now every afternoon it's filled with walkers, dog people (that don't clean up after them ) , soccer players , and Zumba folks that turn their music up at the rec center and try to out blast the portable radios ( we use to call them boom boxes ) playing the lasted rap crap as they exercise on the fields .
I miss winter when I had the park to myself most of the time .
I'm wouldn't be so upset if it wasn't just five minutes from the house.
Oh well , I guess I'm going have to start driving a little ways to enjoy some peace and quiet while I enjoy making a few casts . Gillchaser
Product Reviews / Re: First new flyrod in a couple of years .
« Last post by Gillchaser on April 25, 2017, 04:50:36 PM »
I got to fish my new TFO rod today . I spent about three hour tossing woolyboogers and  RLD's after trying a hopper for about fifteen minutes , with hits ,,but no hookups .
After switching to the wet flies, my hookup ratio went up .
I was comparing the TFO Sign. II to a St. Croix Rio Santo 8' 4 Wt . I already owned . Thought I would prefer the TFO , I didn't . It's not a bad rod, it just doesn't cast as well as the SC rod.
Wishing I'd ordered the four piece Rio Santo instead of the TFO . I'll most likely be keeping the TFO and use it when fishing out of my Jon boat . I usually keep one rod ready with a wet fly and another with a dry . .
Found a lot of empty beds today , this local water reservoir as are most are heavily fished especially on weekends. I figured the cricket chunkers cleaned they out last weekend .
Anyways I did manage to catch about 10 gills and three small LM bass .. Some of the gills were hand size . All released to grow a little . Gillchaser
Product Reviews / First new flyrod in a couple of years .
« Last post by Gillchaser on April 24, 2017, 12:56:09 PM »
Figured it was time for a new one . TFO Signature II , 8' 4wt. .
I'll let y'all know how I like it in a couple of days .
I already own the 6' 2wt and like it , so when I went to look for a new eight footer I went with TFO .  Gillchaser
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