Trophy Bluegill

Discussion in 'Fishing' started by kyhunter99, Jun 7, 2019.

  1. kyhunter99

    kyhunter99 10 pointer

    A friend of mine from decades ago.
    Had a bluegill almost 11 inches long, darn near exactly.
    The story is he was found one extremely harsh winter frozen below the ice, in a 'pothole sized pond' riddled with cattails.

    The monster in the most unlikely of places.
    Too bad nobody got to fight him. But what a sight to behold even today.

    Id show you but then id have to kill you.
     
  2. 308

    308 6 pointer

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    Ha ha ha......
     
  3. xilk123

    xilk123 8 pointer

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    Isn't that a pretty common size for bluegill? Or am I thinking of the hybrid bluegill I ain't too familiar with the difference but I know its pretty common catch 10-12 inch gills around here.
     
  4. FOWLER2671

    FOWLER2671 12 pointer

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    I would say any gill over 8-9 inches is a very good one!
     
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  5. kyhunter99

    kyhunter99 10 pointer

    12 inch gills are very uncommon. That makes them about 2lbs
     
  6. xilk123

    xilk123 8 pointer

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    here is a couple I caught last year, Haven't been back after them this year yet. These in the cooler are from a couple years back but they are all 10+ with the biggest being right near 13''
     

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  7. Feedman

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    That top one looks like a crappie
     
  8. bgkyarcher

    bgkyarcher 12 pointer

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    It is
     
  9. xilk123

    xilk123 8 pointer

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    yea it is.
     
  10. bowhunter269

    bowhunter269 12 pointer

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    I agree with Fowler. I'm not sure a lot of people realize what a "good" bluegill is. I grew up throwing back anything smaller than 8", and I've eaten thousands !!! As KyHunter says, 12" gills are rare, but I'd say 8-11" are pretty common in healthy farm ponds. There's not much better than catching a cooler full of 10" bluegill on ultra light tackle !! IMO, the best eating fish there is.
     
  11. FOWLER2671

    FOWLER2671 12 pointer

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    If I'm wrong then I apologize but the crappie doesn't look like a slab... It looks like a ten inch crappie instead of the near 14 inch that the tape would indicate.... The gills don't look big enough either.. Is the tape folded under the gill?

    The almost two inches sticking out past the tail does not look like it could be six of those under the fish.
     
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  12. xilk123

    xilk123 8 pointer

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    The tape hasn't been messed with, Its just a standard clothing tape that I use to measure deer and such. The tile they are laying on are 12x12 and it looks a bit smaller than the 12 inch on the ruler imo. Might be the angle of the photo. That picture is from last year or the year before one so can't take a better picture now.
     
  13. xilk123

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  14. kyhunter99

    kyhunter99 10 pointer

    Thats the one I posted about.
    But he is a couple inches thick.
    Monster.
     

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