A Little Rockaway, Some Huge Bluegill

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A Little Rockaway, Some Huge Bluegill

Postby BiggerThomas on August 20th, 2016, 7:43 am

I was up near Lake Hopatcong the other day and crossed over the Rockaway. I always keep a rod in my trunk these daya so I found a little parking spot and tried my luck. I didn't catch any trout but I did reel in a couple nuclear-sized bluegill! Tons of fun right there. The fun stopped, however, once a snapping turtle began patrolling the area. The thing was huge--at least the size off a kitchen sink.
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Re: A Little Rockaway, Some Huge Bluegill

Postby MR.MCR on August 23rd, 2016, 12:59 pm

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES.......TURTLES ON THE HALF SHELL.....
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Re: A Little Rockaway, Some Huge Bluegill

Postby Bubba Zinetti on August 24th, 2016, 9:50 am

MR.MCR wrote:TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES.......TURTLES ON THE HALF SHELL.....

Um...It is Heroes in a half shell. Just saying....
Edited to add: Turtle Power!
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Re: A Little Rockaway, Some Huge Bluegill

Postby MR.MCR on August 24th, 2016, 2:58 pm

I was thinking turtle soup....clams on the half shell.....turltle on the half shell.......eh dont be so picky.......dont scare away the posters....Tom had 2 posts this week.....Just say THANK YOU for posting......
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Re: A Little Rockaway, Some Huge Bluegill

Postby BiggerThomas on August 24th, 2016, 8:49 pm

How old are you guys?! I try to start a serious thread about the almighty Bluegill and turtles as big as kitchen sinks, and you guys go and pull the rug right out from underneath.
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Re: A Little Rockaway, Some Huge Bluegill

Postby martalus on August 25th, 2016, 2:09 am

Bluegills put up a nice fight on the flyrod, at least for the first few runs. They are also happy to take a dry fly or whatever is offered.
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Re: A Little Rockaway, Some Huge Bluegill

Postby MR.MCR on August 25th, 2016, 5:45 am

BiggerThomas wrote:How old are you guys?! I try to start a serious thread about the almighty Bluegill and turtles as big as kitchen sinks, and you guys go and pull the rug right out from underneath.



You mentioned turtles first..... ( Thank You for posting ) :lol:
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Re: A Little Rockaway, Some Huge Bluegill

Postby NJAngler on September 2nd, 2016, 12:35 pm

A 9" Bluegill on a 7'6" fly rod, 5 weight line fights way better than a 9" brown trout and far less picky. Really surprised more people don't indulge in fly rodding for panfish. Good variety of fish can be caught on those panfish poppers. Bass, Crappie, Pickerel and occasionally a perch. Nothing beats topwater action - either panfish poppers of buzzbaits, my favorite kind of fishing.
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Re: A Little Rockaway, Some Huge Bluegill

Postby Paul W on September 5th, 2016, 11:54 pm

NJAngler wrote:A 9" Bluegill on a 7'6" fly rod, 5 weight line fights way better than a 9" brown trout and far less picky. Really surprised more people don't indulge in fly rodding for panfish. Good variety of fish can be caught on those panfish poppers. Bass, Crappie, Pickerel and occasionally a perch. Nothing beats topwater action - either panfish poppers of buzzbaits, my favorite kind of fishing.


True. Last year I caught a 9 1/2 inch bluegill on a 5 wt. and it was a good fight when it turned sideways. Caught it on a #10 Henry's Fork Hopper--have to keep the fly big so every other 5 inch bluegill in the lake doesn't drive you crazy. Before it gets too cold I'll probably take a stab at those big bluegills with my 6ft. 2 wt.
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Re: A Little Rockaway, Some Huge Bluegill

Postby jim k on December 4th, 2016, 11:05 pm

Bluegill are great on a fly - when you can find the bigguns.

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