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tnflyfisher
05-09-2012, 09:58 PM
I really didn't want to make a new thread just for a lowly panfish but I know there are some warm water diehards out there who would probably appreciate it regardless...;) Was out fishing for some green trout Monday night and caught my biggest gill ever out of a pond at a local country club. I thought for sure that it was a bass but boy was I surprised... luckily I had my camera along with me to take a couple of pics.

Tight Lines,


Monster gill taken on the TFO Finesse...
http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a341/kevinlanephotography/bgpb.jpg

Stana Claus
05-09-2012, 10:39 PM
Good Lord, man, that thing's HUGE! Definitely well fed. Bet it did feel like a beast on the end of your line. Congrats.

ifish4wildtrout
05-10-2012, 08:13 AM
That sucker is big. They are a lot of fun on the fly rod. We have a pond here in the neighborhood, full of blue gill and bass, 3 minutes walk from my house. For some reason, I rarely go down there. :confused:

Knothead
05-10-2012, 08:39 AM
Looking at the cork grip as reference, that is a pond or river monster. Biggest bluegill I have ever caught was 9 inches long, caught on an inline spinner. Bet you are going back to that honey spot!

milligan trout degree
05-10-2012, 08:54 AM
That sucker is big. They are a lot of fun on the fly rod. We have a pond here in the neighborhood, full of blue gill and bass, 3 minutes walk from my house. For some reason, I rarely go down there. :confused:

ifish, will you email me at taylorbenjamin8@gmail.com. I'd like to ask you a question about NC fishing.


Killer bluegill by the way. Those things are fun.

Waterborn
05-10-2012, 10:10 AM
I think ya need a bigger pan...(jaws music in the background) Lowly? I hear ya, but we all know ain't nothing lowly about 'em. Post away 'cause we likey. Besides, how many of us cut our piscatorial teeth on these babies (well okay, maybe not at that porcine) I have fond memories of youth and my grandparents who taught me how to fish starting with a cane pole, crickets, and scrappy 'gills. Nice fish! Uh, so whens the fish fry...

Troutman
05-10-2012, 10:20 AM
I love catching the "lowly" panfish. Wish I had a pond full of bream that size in my backyard!

No Hackle
05-10-2012, 11:46 AM
Tnflyfisher that is an awesome fish,great colors. Don't be ashamed of that monster. My father has a pond in Georgia that is full of huge bream. He also has access to ponds that you actually have a legitimate chance of catching bass over 8 lbs. I spend as much time on the bluegill as I do the bass.
Lynn

AL trout bum
05-10-2012, 01:34 PM
I love bluegill on the fly rod. It is how most people started fly fishing. Something nice about going back to the consistent action and sheer will power those fish have. Very nice gill!

wmwalker
05-10-2012, 01:35 PM
Wow that is one big boy. Really nice. I was out this morning and thought I had caught a nice bream but the one you got is outstanding. Here is my little one.:biggrin:

http://i213.photobucket.com/albums/cc269/wmwalker_2007/Tom%20lake%20in%20his%20Subdivision/DSCF1167.jpg

GrouseMan77
05-10-2012, 08:20 PM
Daaaang!:eek: I love the panfish.

Wade Blevins
05-14-2012, 10:03 AM
Would you look at the SHOULDERS on that beast! :eek:
Wow very nice, I bet that bluegill tab was as big as your thumb.
Very nice.

tnflyfisher
05-14-2012, 03:34 PM
Thanks to all for your comments and replies...
I didn't realize that warm water reports are where all the action is. Now I know...:biggrin:

Nice fish! Uh, so whens the fish fry...

Back to the pond to grow even bigger... ;)

Here is my little one.:biggrin:

http://i213.photobucket.com/albums/cc269/wmwalker_2007/Tom%20lake%20in%20his%20Subdivision/DSCF1167.jpg

How did this get in here...?? :biggrin:

Would you look at the SHOULDERS on that beast! :eek:
Wow very nice, I bet that bluegill tab was as big as your thumb.

Very close...
From a couple of other pics that I took, I determined that he measured just shy of 10". Now to hopefully catch a few more the next time out... :cool:

Tight Lines,

CinciVol
05-21-2012, 09:38 AM
Without bluegill I suspect that many of us who did not grow up near a trout stream would never have discovered fly fishing. They are awesome.

Stonefly
05-21-2012, 02:40 PM
You know what they say - if they got bigger you couldn't catch 'em.

I'm guessing you got this one from deeper water? What kind of fly?

steve

jeffnles1
06-30-2012, 11:42 PM
That thing is a BEAST. Nice fish.

Randy Ratliff
07-01-2012, 07:32 AM
Nice fish, love to hook up with them, they fight hard!!!!

Payne102
07-01-2012, 08:23 AM
Great bluegill!

g022271
07-01-2012, 10:40 AM
TnFly - They must lace that pond with steroids!! that is one big gillis. What weight rod were you using?

Mke

yonder
07-31-2012, 03:15 PM
great fish!! I love to fish for smallmouth and gills on the new river. :smile: I bumped into this thread way late, but I was also wondering about the weight of your finesse rod?? I have a 2 weight, and I am a big fan of TFO rods. Thanks.

swamp
07-31-2012, 07:01 PM
WoW, Thats a stud bluegill.I`ll bet even the most seasoned fisherman would be proud of it.

tnflyfisher
12-22-2012, 05:58 PM
Ok, I know that I have been MIA for a while and I see where some of you had additional questions..

I'm guessing you got this one from deeper water? What kind of fly?
It did indeed come from one of the deepest parts of the pond. Again, I thought it was a bass as I brought it up from the depths. Here is a close up of the fly in case anyone wants to tie some up. I know the country club gills sure do love it...
http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a341/kevinlanephotography/WB2PB_zps4f5b0b4e.jpg

What weight rod were you using?

It was the 7'9" 5wt...
Here was another shot of the monster for all the gill fans out there... :cool:
http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a341/kevinlanephotography/BG2PB_zpse9978d3d.jpg

Tight Lines,