R & R Fishing! 2018

Relaxing & Enjoying – Fishing In The Rain

It was the first weekend of August and raining as the thunderstorms were rolling through, but the wind was calm and there was no lightning in the sky. So I decided I would just go out and relax on the water, fishing for whatever would bite and enjoy this incredible day (I love being in the Rain). So I grab my rain jacket and my poles and off I went for anything that would bite with little effort on my part.

Catching Bass

I first tried for Bass using a Yellow/orange NORTHLAND Buzzbait (⅜ oz), which produced a lot of action, but struggled finding any bass over 2 pounds. I then tried going deep, using the Bandit 300 and still the same result, no big fish. So where are they, why are then not biting, and do I just try later and focus on something else? So I decided to switch to my Walleye rods and stayed out in deeper water, casting for Walleyes.


Catching Walleyes

Here I was using the Bandit 300 (Yellow / Bumblebee) and casting the ice fishing Rapala (green, glow, and bronze). We tied into four walleyes, one being over 20 inches but lost that Walleye when trying to net him. We did manage to land three smaller Walleyes. After an hour of Walleye fishing I decided to relax even more and grabbed the Bluegill rods and started casting for a few Bluegills.


Catching Bluegills

For bluegills I used a small jig with flashabou skirting on it, tipping with a Gulp Maggot (pink). The bluegills ran small 6.5 inches to 7.5 inches, but we caught plenty for a meal or two.

How The Day Went

It rained off and on, there was no lighting or thunder, and the wind was not to be found. The action was great, but the fish ran small, which is unusual for this lake. So a perfect day for relaxing, fishing, and enjoying the weather! “You know a day fishing beats any day working”.

Best Bluegill Bait For 2018

Best 2018 Spring & Early Summer Bluegill Bait

It’s late May and temperatures have gone from the low 30s to low 90s within two weeks, pushing the Bluegills into the shallows for feeding and spawning.

So I got the fly rods out, put on new leaders (just 6 lb monofilament), waxed the line, and tied on one of our foam spiders we made this past January. See Making your own Dry Spider.

Fly Rods & Bait

During the Spring there is nothing better than a fly rod with a Dry Fly (spider). On these homemade spiders you can catch 50 to 100 bluegills before it falls apart. That’s catching a lot of fish without having to mess with worms or any other type of bait. If you are interested in trying a fly rod then purchase a cheap kit with the fly rod, line and reel and take it out and give it a try. To practice you can watch my videos or just take a spit shot and place it on the end of your leader and practice with it in the backyard.

Bluegill Action

In this video you will see non-stop action as my wife and youngest son try out our new foam spiders. The distance they’re casting the fly-line is 15 to 30 feet, but you can move in closer if needed, it will not push the bluegills off.

Fishing For Shellcrackers – The 2018 Catch

Let’s Get Fishing

It’s the first week of April and we just had a Blue Moon (two full moons in the same month) so the Shellcrackers should be moving in to spawn.

Searching For The Shellcrackers – The Signs Are There

We are in Tavares Florida on a chain of lakes searching for the Bully of Bluegills, which should be spawning. The spawning signs we look for are; a full moon (it just ended), the Gar-Pike spawning (very active), the Gators are very active (yes see video), and water temperature. Unfortunately the water temps were lower than we were hoping for.

How We Started Our Search

We first started by checking out every spot where we have caught Shellcrackers in the past. Next we spent hours moving down the shoreline and dropping our freshwater shrimp, only stopping when we ran into a small school of Copperheads (Bluegills).

Where Are Those Bullies

So why could we not find the Shellcrackers? My guess is the spawning season was pushed back a few days or a week due to an abnormal cool Spring and high water. For this first week of April the water was two feet higher than normal, very murky, and water temps a little lower than we like. Or due to the high water the Shellcrackers found areas to spawn that we could not get to or find.

The Catch – Copperheads

Even though we could not find any Shellcrackers we did have a great time fishing and catching Copperheads. See our video on the catch!

The Bait – Freshwater Shrimp

Our bait again this year was the Freshwater Shrimp. I like this bait for the main reason it’s native to the lake and easy to net. On this trip we caught the following fish using shrimp; Bullheads, Bass, Crappies, & Copperheads.

Best Bluegill Bait For Spring Fishing -2018

What is the Best Bait To Use For Bluegills In The Spring

Fishing for Bluegills in the Spring is like no other time of the year. So it’s time to get your Rod and the best Bluegills Bait ready to go. Don’t miss the action!

When Does The Bite Begin

The best time of the year for Bluegill action is as soon as the water begins to warm up (middle to late May). This is when the Bluegills move into shallow water to feed and look for spawning areas. So what is the best bait to use, by far it’s the floating dry fly/spider.

How Do I Use The Floating Spider
The floating spider can by used with a spinning/casting rod (behind a bobber) or with a fly rod. For the best action use a fly rod.

How Long Does This Bluegill Action Last

The Bluegills (Males) will come into shallow water 2 weeks before spawning, feeding aggressively. The Females will stay just in deeper water waiting for the time to lay their eggs. Since there are many types of Bluegills the spawning season can go to Mid June and later. So the best Bluegill action of the year will last four to six weeks in water depths of just a few inches.

Where to Purchase Floating spiders

My YouTube subscribers requested a new video on how to make a floating spider again, so I put the below video together. Note you can purchase these in many stores (Fleet Farm, Bass Pro, ect.) for $1.50 to $3.00 each, but you can make them for less than 7 cents. You can also make them look as nice as a purchase dry fly if you take the time, but why since the bluegills are just looking for a nice tasty ugly bug… So here I show how to make eight floating spiders for less than 7 cents each and under 15 minutes. Note; I have never caught a Bluegill with glasses so do not worry if it does not look like a perfect spider, again the bluegills are feeding aggressively and the ugliest bug you could possibly make will still see lots of action.

How Long Does It Take to Make A Dry fly

I like to make 8 spiders at one time as this seems to work best for the 5 minute epoxy I use. To make eight spiders it takes approximately 15 minutes, not counting the drying of the epoxy. Once the epoxy is dry you can go fishing.

What Materials are needed

I purchase 3mm thick foam form a hobby shop for $1, which will make up to 500 spiders, a tube of 5 minute epoxy, and either rubber strips (taken out of an old bungee cord) or flashabou for the spider legs. All these materials are shown in the video.

Show Me The Bluegill Action

This video is from last Spring with the baits I made then. I will make a new video this Spring with the baits shown in this video. The action and results will be the same.

More Action!

Fly Fishing For Bluegills – Up Close Action

Fly Fishing – Ultimate Method For Catching Bluegills

The most exciting way to fish for Bluegills is with a floating spider on a Fly Rod. Once you have found the gills and you drop a dry fly (Spider) over the top of them the fight is on. This fight begins with the gills that are just under the surface, each fighting for a quick lunch. I have seen up to 4 Gills at one time come out of the water for my bait and what a thrill that is. Then you have the fight between you and the Bluegill, in which a nice sensitive Fly Rod makes it a challenge on every big Bluegill. After 75 to 100 fish your arm and risk will definitely be feeling it and you will find that you have to use both hands on the rod at times, especially when they take you down into the weeds.

Late May & Early June Bluegills

This time of the year is a must for shoreline fishing and a fly rod. The best baits will be a Purple, Green, Blue, Red, or Brown spider. With a good homemade spider (dry fly) you can catch 100 Bluegills before needing to replace it with another. Here are a few tips on an artificial foam spider;

1. Make your own Spiders, they will last longer, catch more fish, and cost pennies not dollars.
2. When making your spiders wrap thread on the hook first, then place the sponge spider body on the hook and wrap that. This will help keep your hook from rotating after catching a few Gills.
3. Do not use colored hooks as the paint will break loose and your hook will rotate, a rotated hook will not catch fish.
4. Epoxy the body unto the hook after you have tied it on.
5. Thread your spider legs through the sponge body and epoxy each side, where the legs exit.
6. Use flashbou instead of rubber spider legs, it’s much stronger and will not break or rot.
7. If using rubber spider legs do not purchase them, cut open an elastic cord, as they have the same rubber strands, but they are much tougher and cheaper.
8. Have both small spiders and large spiders (large hook & body) so when fighting the Gill & Weeds your hook will not straighten.

Bluegill Strikes On Homemade Spiders (Dry Flies)

Here in this video we are using the large Green Spider and showing you the strike and retrieval. On some of these strikes we have slowed down the action so you can get a better idea of how aggressive & explosive these strikes are. Here we started with only keeping 8 inch Gills or larger, then changed to 8.25″ and larger, we filled a 5 gallon bucket up with these.