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#1238771 - 03/15/09 06:15 PM How to find big bluegill???
tink69
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Registered: 10/07/04
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Bluegills are my favorite fish to eat. I was wondering what a man would look for in a lake to locate keeper bluegill? I've had luck catching numbers under bridges on Tims ford but I would like to get some advice from others.
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#1238838 - 03/15/09 07:06 PM Re: How to find big bluegill??? [Re: tink69]
trealtree
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Registered: 09/29/04
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Loc: Middle Tennessee

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What do you mean by keeper bluegill? Hand size etc..?
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#1238891 - 03/15/09 07:24 PM Re: How to find big bluegill??? [Re: trealtree]
Stovepipe
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Registered: 09/21/07
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Loc: N1549518,E738760

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get off of the beaten path

I use a kayak and find quiet places in the vicinity of shady overhanging tree limbs that come within 4-5ft from the surface of the water. I surmise that bluegill catch a lot of bugs that light on these overhanging branches and fall in.

I try to get away from the cigarette butt and blue worm box trash infested shorelines where people and small bluegill interface.

good luck

slab blue gill....yum \:\)
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#1238918 - 03/15/09 07:32 PM Re: How to find big bluegill??? [Re: Stovepipe]
Buck Nekkid
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Registered: 12/20/07
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never ate bluegill i guess theyre pretty good eating huh.
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#1238962 - 03/15/09 07:43 PM Re: How to find big bluegill??? [Re: Buck Nekkid]
NateUK
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Registered: 12/01/08
Posts: 296
Loc: Nashville, TN

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I grew up fishing and eating bluegill. It's very good eating and a lot of fun to fish for and catch as well. It's a great way to get a kid started fishing.
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#1239004 - 03/15/09 07:54 PM Re: How to find big bluegill??? [Re: NateUK]
Rackseeker
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Registered: 09/26/02
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My best advise would be fish the creeks in the area. On Tims Ford I've caught the best bluegill up in Dry creek up past the bridge. When it gets hot, fish up around Estill around the bluffs in back of the creeks.
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#1239067 - 03/15/09 08:09 PM Re: How to find big bluegill??? [Re: Rackseeker]
WestTn Huntin'man
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Registered: 11/19/06
Posts: 11909
Loc: Benton Co.

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Here is a good article I was just reading that covers the subject better than I can.
http://www.gameandfishmag.com/fishing/crappies-panfish-fishing/gf_aa066504a/

I like to find the slabs under docks and around areas where there is a decent drop off to deeper water when bank fishing.
Alittle trick to help bring them to you.Hang a can of dog food off a tree limb.When the maggots start dropping off into the water you'll catch Bluegill,cats,and bass.
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#1239208 - 03/15/09 08:59 PM Re: How to find big bluegill??? [Re: WestTn Huntin'man]
TNFishnstix
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Registered: 03/05/09
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Loc: Nashville

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Try the lake up at Fall Creek Falls State Park...it's loaded with some huge bluegill.
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#1240098 - 03/16/09 09:48 AM Re: How to find big bluegill??? [Re: TNFishnstix]
Mathews Hunter
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Registered: 07/24/03
Posts: 6584
Loc: Southern Middle Tennessee

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Nickajack has some great blue gill action.
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#1240228 - 03/16/09 09:59 AM Re: How to find big bluegill??? [Re: Mathews Hunter]
ad28
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Registered: 01/16/08
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Loc: franklin county

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yea nickajack has some great shell crackers. if you go on the river side of the dam there is a pier. you can catch a lot of fish there hand size.
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