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    Default Big suprise on the Bluegill bed!

    Hope everyones having a great spring!

    Gills are spawning. A week of staking out a bed of nice sized gills, finally paid off last week. I caught 100 Bluegill in 4 days (the place I go has a limit of 25 per-day). I only live 1/2 mile from the lake. Three of the 4 days I was home within an hour! The slow day (day four) I was there 3 hours cathing the large females in the 3rd picture.The 4th day the males could be seen but had quit biting again.So I cast off on the deep side of the bed and waited. Here's the highlights.


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    Pictures never do fish size justice. These are 5-9" long.


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    These range from 1/2 to 1 1/8 pounds.


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    This guy must of been attracted to commotion on the Gills being caught, 40 in., Musky. Not sure of the weight me de-liar only goes to 8#, no lie. Caught him 15ft off shore with a #6 hook and 1/2 a nightcrawler!!!! Extra fun cause I was using a 4 1/4 foot ulrta light spinnig rod!
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    Is there much meat on the gills?

    Whatcha' gonna' do with the Musky?
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    Ken.... good to hear from ya!

    A little over 9 pounds of gill fillets in total. The musky was taken direcly to a friend of mine who's a taxidermest. I've never taxied any fish (except for out of the water....lol)
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    Enjoy the gills! Grill or pan-fry?

    That musky mounted on your wall will bring back lots of fun memories.

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    Nice haul Ted.
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    That's a nice mess of fish. The older I get the less and less I like fresh water fish but I've sure downed a bunch of blue gill and red ear in my younger days. Fried fish, hush puppies, fresh onion. Man, that was some good chow.

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    bluegills are great grub .. perch even better ... ... mmmmmm !
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    I love bluegills, sunfish and crappie. Some of the best eating in my opinion.

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    Nice looking bunch of gills there Ted. I used to fish for gills alot up on the Mississippi around Lansing Iowa when I was living up north. Since I moved down here I've become more of a crappie fisherman. Don't take me wrong though. There isn't a thing wrong with a good mess of gills. Crappies just easier to find in this area.

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    Nice catch.
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    Nice score.
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    Is your friend going to skin mount the muskie?

    Most taxidermists will use a fiberglass mold anymore. easier and more durable. you just take a bunch of pictures and measurements and then let the fish go to grow.

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    man I can't wait to hit the lake...nice catch!
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