Bluegills...again!

Discussion in 'Fishing' started by Bowhunter57, Apr 1, 2012.

  1. Bowhunter57

    Bowhunter57 Well-Known Member

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    I hit my favorite farm pond, today and came home with 22 keepers. I kept nothing less than 8" long and the filets filled a quart sized freezer bag. :cool: I can't wait to get them in a skillet and try them out.

    There are only 8 bluegills in this basket, as I'd just began fishing. The thickness, vivid colors and strength of these bluegills were impressive. This pond is spring fed and has always produced quality fish, since the day that I discovered it, back in '86. :)

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    The freezer bag:

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    Bowhunter57
     
  2. jtkratzer

    jtkratzer Well-Known Member

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    The catfish thread, and now this...I'm jealous. I need to get out on the water, and soon.
     

  3. Whitewolf393

    Whitewolf393 Well-Known Member

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    Sweet! What were you fishing with? Spinning rod, bait rod? I like using an ultralight spinning setup and Mepps rigs. They bluegills should be breeding around here pretty soon, but those are some big uns there my friend!
     
  4. Whitewolf393

    Whitewolf393 Well-Known Member

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    Also, how do you cook them? I haven't made bluegill in a long time, but I've enjoyed them fried before.
     
  5. Bowhunter57

    Bowhunter57 Well-Known Member

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    Whitewolf 393,
    I was using an ultra light spinning rod & reel with 4 lb. test line. I've had my best luck with 1/8 oz. jigs with purple or blue metal flake twiser tails. I fish them like swimming baits with a slow steady retrieve.

    I've been baking them in a glass baking dish, for about 40 minutes at 350 degrees and a little bit of butter...to add some moisture. However, pan frying them with a little vegetable oil is good too, just not as good for you. :rolleyes:

    Bowhunter57
     
  6. Whitewolf393

    Whitewolf393 Well-Known Member

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    Sounds good. I think I'm going to rig my ultralight with 6lb test, in case a bass hooks into it. I was fishing the Potomac here last summer on an ultralight and a Largemouth took hold and broke the line. It was only 2lb test.

    I'll try that recipe, but substitute olive oil for the vegetable oil. I don't like my fish to taste like fish
     
  7. Centxshooter

    Centxshooter Well-Known Member

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    Now i need to go thaw out a bag! :D
     
  8. Whitewolf393

    Whitewolf393 Well-Known Member

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    I got a vacuum package sealer last summer. When I start getting more fish and game I'll start using it