The 3 wt got bent today

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Re: The 3 wt got bent today

Postby RobG » Wed Mar 30, 2016 9:23 pm

Goosepond Monster wrote:
Catch some of those tiny bluegill, put a decent-sized hook in front of their dorsal fin and throw them out under a bobber. You should find out what kind of bass are in there that way.


You have to watch that, in some places it is illegal to use live bluegill as bait. (But it sure works)
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Re: The 3 wt got bent today

Postby edk » Thu Mar 31, 2016 9:11 am

I believe using a bluegill for bait is legal in Indiana as long as it is caught legally and used by the "catcher."
Big flatties eat 'em like dog chow. Big trouble if one buys/sells or nets them for bait.

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Re: The 3 wt got bent today

Postby RobG » Thu Mar 31, 2016 3:34 pm

Thanks for the clarification
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Re: The 3 wt got bent today

Postby IndyMatt » Wed Apr 20, 2016 7:38 am

Is the pond young or are the bluegills stunted from over population? if the latter, put some more cats and bass in there and remove some of the bluegill.
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Re: The 3 wt got bent today

Postby zpagac » Fri May 13, 2016 12:02 pm

IndyMatt wrote:Is the pond young or are the bluegills stunted from over population? if the latter, put some more cats and bass in there and remove some of the bluegill.


Pond is not young. I think the bluegill look kind of stunted, but I posted some pics on the "Pondboss" pond management forum, and some knowledgeable people said the bluegills looked like normal bluegill for a pond where you aren't feeding them. They also said it is extremely rare for a pond to have too many bluegill and too few bass. Said normally it is the other way around if anything. So I don't know. My inclination is to stock bass in there, but maybe that's not the right thing to do.
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Re: The 3 wt got bent today

Postby Goosepond Monster » Sat May 14, 2016 8:36 am

The bluegill at my grandma's aren't fed and I have never caught one under eight-inches.

Same thing with the redear, but the bass are all dinks. I don't think I've caught one over fourteen-inches.

Thinning out a bluegill population would be very difficult with introducing some type of predator.
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Re: The 3 wt got bent today

Postby zpagac » Wed May 18, 2016 11:44 am

Last Friday my daughter finally started catching decent bluegill. Not monsters, but decent fish. Ones that would be considered eating size. So that was encouraging. I guess they just had been staying away from my side of the pond until then. So my hope is it's the same story with the bass. Hoping to get out on the kayak this week to check out the rest of the pond. Also saw a nice sized catfish (guessing around 4-5lbs) cruise up in front of the dock, so there is something besides the little bullheads in there too.

Nothing under 8"? Dang. That's a good bluegill fishery, GPM.
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Re: The 3 wt got bent today

Postby Goosepond Monster » Wed May 18, 2016 11:50 am

I have seen smaller bluegill, but just haven't caught them.

The bigger gills will typically hang in the deeper water until it is time to spawn. Once they're on the nests you should be able to get an idea of what kind of gills are in there.

Same thing with the bass and cats as they will cruise the shallows looking to rob the nests.
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