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Man can big gills fight on light tackle! #14001627 05/18/21 07:12 AM
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Fished a lake I rarely fish especially with the pickerel population and never fished it this early in the year. The first fish was a 10" crappie - great! But then I found a school of sunfish near some pads in 3'. Man did they bend the rod! Here are a few:
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It always amazes me when fish can be caught on different soft plastics. As you can see in the photos, some were caught on a paddle tail worm, some on this clear cone tail grub:
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45 fish and I'm still learning the lake.

Another thing to consider when you know a lake has larger fish in general: you can catch fish larger lures. I've found that the larger size riles them more.

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Re: Man can big gills fight on light tackle! [Re: SenkoSam] #14001644 05/18/21 10:06 AM
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Solid Post and solid fish. Good job. thumb


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Re: Man can big gills fight on light tackle! [Re: SenkoSam] #14001794 05/18/21 12:38 PM
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Big Slabs. Good job Senko Sam! woot


Side Note: Were they in spawn mode? noidea

Re: Man can big gills fight on light tackle! [Re: SenkoSam] #14001862 05/18/21 01:30 PM
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Nice gillz! cheers

Re: Man can big gills fight on light tackle! [Re: SenkoSam] #14001943 05/18/21 02:18 PM
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Way to go Sam ! YES, for their size they put up a righteous struggle ! Love that Pumpkinseed on the right grin

Re: Man can big gills fight on light tackle! [Re: SenkoSam] #14002406 05/18/21 08:02 PM
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Nice fish. thumb

Re: Man can big gills fight on light tackle! [Re: SenkoSam] #14002548 05/18/21 09:56 PM
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Beautiful colors on those fish! Thanks for sharing senko sam thumb


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Love the pumpkinseed...wish we had those here in Texas...

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Thanks, guys!
Inch for inch sunfish are amazing fighters, but one thing had me wondering about this yellow perch:
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Is the fat belly because of eggs or what it gorged on? Water temperature range to spawn is 46-52 degrees and the water temperature a few days ago was 62 degrees.
Having fished in lakes near Wichita Falls, I never caught one in the four years I lived there. Bet Texas has some giants!

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Re: Man can big gills fight on light tackle! [Re: SenkoSam] #14003202 05/19/21 12:52 PM
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Man that is a prized fish up north. For those of us that have never tasted one, they are extremely delicious.


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Thanks, guys!
Inch for inch sunfish are amazing fighters, but one thing had me wondering about this yellow perch:
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Is the fat belly because of eggs or what it gorged on? Water temperature range to spawn is 46-52 degrees and the water temperature a few days ago was 62 degrees.
Having fished in lakes near Wichita Falls, I never caught one in the four years I lived there. Bet Texas has some giants!

Re: Man can big gills fight on light tackle! [Re: SenkoSam] #14003375 05/19/21 02:22 PM
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I would guess eggs in the belly. Probably spawning.

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Nice fish. Love the perch and the Pumpkin Seed.

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Great pictures! Bluegill on an ultralight rod & reel are a ton of fun. thumb


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