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#11496507 - 03/23/16 04:05 PM Early Springtime Bluegill-Rio Fest!
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Registered: 07/12/10
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Loc: Universal City Tx.
Fished the Guadalupe River in a couple of spots and the Bluegill and Rio bite was on FIRE! Caught a bunch of very nice Bluegill in the 7 to 8 inch range along with a nice bunch of big Rios. I caught three Rios in the 10 inch range and one that was just a little over 11 inches. Rounding out the catch were a couple of nice Redbreast in the 8 inch range and a nice bass in the three pound range. All of the sunfish including the Rios were urinating while the hook was being taken out. This means the spawn is not that far off. All fish were released. Fish are very active looking for food before the spawn. All fish were caught on worms using both float and bottom techniques. Fish were found in 3 to 5 feet of water holding by large rocks and brush piles. Was trying to sight fish the Rios but the Bluegill would usually get the bait. It was about four Bluegill to every one Rio. A great early spring day fishing the Guadalupe River. It just don't get any better. fish


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#11496529 - 03/23/16 04:14 PM Re: Early Springtime Bluegill-Rio Fest! [Re: banker-always fishing]
K.G Offline
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Registered: 05/06/08
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#11496533 - 03/23/16 04:15 PM Re: Early Springtime Bluegill-Rio Fest! [Re: banker-always fishing]
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Thanks K.G for the reply! It is going to be one good year! hooked
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#11497526 - 03/23/16 11:12 PM Re: Early Springtime Bluegill-Rio Fest! [Re: banker-always fishing]
gar1970 Offline
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Registered: 04/23/11
Posts: 1458
Loc: southwest more west than south...
nice report as always and great looking fish!
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#11497678 - 03/24/16 06:31 AM Re: Early Springtime Bluegill-Rio Fest! [Re: banker-always fishing]
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Registered: 04/04/14
Posts: 3173
Loc: Brenham, TX
That's a great sign!!! Catching trophy Rios this early in the year. You might just catch that 12 inch Rio this year. Or maybe I'll beat you to it roflmao

Great catch and thanks for the report thumb

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#11500365 - 03/25/16 08:31 AM Re: Early Springtime Bluegill-Rio Fest! [Re: banker-always fishing]
Action_Jackson Offline
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Registered: 01/18/15
Posts: 1455
Loc: Dallas, Texas
WTG Banker an buds!!! Wish we had Rios up this way bang

Looking forward to a great year of bull gills and shellcrackers cheers
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#11510457 - 03/30/16 07:24 AM Re: Early Springtime Bluegill-Rio Fest! [Re: Action_Jackson]
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Registered: 07/12/10
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Loc: Universal City Tx.
Thanks gar1970,Jamie,and A.J. for the replies! cheers Getting trophy Rios and a bunch of nice Bluegill in very early spring is surely a great sign for a great year! hooked
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#11517483 - 04/02/16 07:35 AM Re: Early Springtime Bluegill-Rio Fest! [Re: banker-always fishing]
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Registered: 07/03/11
Posts: 11503
Loc: San Antonio TX
Nice fishing Chuck and getting trophy Rios this early in the year. When will the Rios start their spawn and nest guarding? How will the Rio year be?

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#11520240 - 04/04/16 07:14 AM Re: Early Springtime Bluegill-Rio Fest! [Re: banker-always fishing]
Let's go Offline
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Registered: 12/03/15
Posts: 152
Loc: Mesquite tx
Those rios are pretty thumb
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#11520658 - 04/04/16 10:34 AM Re: Early Springtime Bluegill-Rio Fest! [Re: banker-always fishing]
drrouter Offline
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Registered: 01/30/11
Posts: 1714
I haven't caught a Rio in 2 years! Gotta get out there more. Good job BAF.

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#11523646 - 04/05/16 03:19 PM Re: Early Springtime Bluegill-Rio Fest! [Re: banker-always fishing]
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Registered: 08/12/10
Posts: 9446
Loc: Feeding Time
Those Rios make my mouth water
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#11524525 - 04/05/16 10:34 PM Re: Early Springtime Bluegill-Rio Fest! [Re: banker-always fishing]
Kent Meadows aka Team Hooligan Offline
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Registered: 07/04/10
Posts: 1693
Loc: Austin
Chuck, how long does it normally take for those 8" fish to reach 10" during say normal conditions. Also is this an earlier Rio bite than normal?
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#11524705 - 04/06/16 06:50 AM Re: Early Springtime Bluegill-Rio Fest! [Re: Kent Meadows aka Team Hooligan]
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Registered: 07/12/10
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Loc: Universal City Tx.
Thanks guys for the replies. cheers Drrouter: With the mild winter we had you should catch a bunch of em. hooked Curtis: The Rios should start sitting on their nest by late April or very early May. eeks Kent: Rios grow between 2 to 4 inches a year depending on water bodies and conditions.(Until they achieve their maximum growth.) A 8" Rio should be about 10" in a year if conditions are good. coolio
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#11525917 - 04/06/16 03:50 PM Re: Early Springtime Bluegill-Rio Fest! [Re: banker-always fishing]
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Registered: 12/18/10
Posts: 1278
Loc: N.Houston/Fort Worth
Excellent CATCHN trip for sure....
Those rio's look like they could put up a good fight...
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#11532076 - 04/10/16 06:07 AM Re: Early Springtime Bluegill-Rio Fest! [Re: banker-always fishing]
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Registered: 07/12/10
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Loc: Universal City Tx.
Thanks SK for the reply. Yes Sir Rios are some super fighters! boxing
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