Early Morning Blue Gill

I got dad out fishing again on Friday. We were on the water fishing shortly after 6 am. I decided we would go back to basics to assure that dad would catch fish. To me, this meant slip bobbers and night crawlers for Blue Gill. We pulled up on a spot on the northeast side of the  main lake, so it was shaded for a while. It also had a flat that came out a ways,10 to 15 ft deep, before it dropped off into deeper water, 30 ft plus. We started catching some keeper Gills right away. Not giants by any means, but keepers. We worked our way slowly down the shore, filling our basket as we went, mainly with Blue Gills, but also a few Yellow Bass. We also caught a few Channel Cats and an occasional Large Mouth, which we didn’t keep, but were fun to fight on the ultra-lights we were using. After fishing down that shore for a few hours we went into a cove down near the dam. We had little to no success in the cove, so the fish that were easy pickin’ there earlier in the year seem to have moved out to the main lake. From there we moved over to the dam where we tried the bobbers and worms a bit, but soon switched over to an 1/8 ounce jig with a white curly tail grub and an 1/8 ounce white and silver rooster tail, which produced some smaller Large and Small Mouth Bass, before calling it a day around noon.  We kept about as many fish as I wanted to clean, 13 Blue Gill and 7 Yellow Bass. All in all a pretty enjoyable morning and it’s always good to get dad out fishing.

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