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Title: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: nrthrn IN fishr on Feb 23, 2012, 07:33 AM
its been a year but  every time i go i fill a cooler wth the biggest gills u will ever see  and so many bass ull be sick of thm by the time we leave i cant wait  till this wther makes up its mind 
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: nrthrn IN fishr on Feb 23, 2012, 01:03 PM
anyone been to any of the good  gravel pits latly
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Post by: gotime on Feb 23, 2012, 05:05 PM
What pits ya talking about ??
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Post by: nappo on Feb 23, 2012, 07:52 PM
Would that pit be in Leesburg?
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Post by: walleyepac on Feb 23, 2012, 10:40 PM
I m thinking probably shackamack or in S. INDIANA
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Post by: shovelholdsdirt on Feb 24, 2012, 07:18 AM
anyone been to any of the good  gravel pits latly

Nope, but I've been to a good marl pit.
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: nrthrn IN fishr on Feb 24, 2012, 07:29 AM
no my fav is the one in south bend  thy got a 3 and hlf pound gill 2 yrs back and ive got so many 16 inch 2 to 2hlf lbs gills and its like tht almst every cast  night crawler no sinker and every once in a blue moon the crappie come out one will cover the whole bottm of a 5 gallon bucket    i really cant wait   but this place made me dislike bass i caught   so many  both of my thumbs are so raw by the time i leave  ive fished this pit for 10 yrs now and like i tell my buddys   when thy take me there good holes lol  and only take 2 dozen crawlers  haha  after 2 or 3 hours of caughtin lil dink nibblers im like let go get 6 dozen crawlers 4 u and 8 dozen for me  there  like y  im like ur goin to see and wthin 3hrs  thy r out standin arnd tryn to get someone to bring more lol 
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: sprkplug on Feb 24, 2012, 07:34 AM
A 16" Bluegill?   3.5lbs?
 I'm gonna' need to see a pic on the scale, or against a rule.......... And I would love to see either one, so please post away. :)
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: nrthrn IN fishr on Feb 24, 2012, 07:47 AM
i can do bettr thn a pic ill take u thre and whn we leave wth all these mnster gills thn u can take ur own pic if u like lol   i promse ill make a beliver out of ya  my dad said the samethng til i shwd up at his door wth a cooler full  i did have pics but like i said its been a yr and ive been thru 2 phne already    so if u wnt to go let me knw
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: sprkplug on Feb 24, 2012, 07:55 AM
i can do bettr thn a pic ill take u thre and whn we leave wth all these mnster gills thn u can take ur own pic if u like lol   i promse ill make a beliver out of ya  my dad said the samethng til i shwd up at his door wth a cooler full  i did have pics but like i said its been a yr and ive been thru 2 phne already    so if u wnt to go let me knw

I appreciate the offer, but there's no need to risk giving away such a good spot by taking someone else in, I will be satisfied with a picture of one on a digital scale, and up against a tape measure.

No disrespect intended, but bear in mind that the Indiana State Record BG "only" weighed 3.25 lbs, and was 13.5" long. And this upcoming March 25th, that record has stood for exactly 40 years.
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: sprkplug on Feb 24, 2012, 08:14 AM
For comparison, here are a couple photos from last year. I raise bluegills, and this is a hybrid from one of my ponds. 9.75" and 1lb 2ozs.

(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1067.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fu434%2Fsprkplugphoto%2F1lb2ozsmalehybrid.jpg&hash=d5369e6f5815d8d9b0eb7ace5dec3381)

(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1067.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fu434%2Fsprkplugphoto%2F100_0074.jpg&hash=f21ffbd5fcbca6fa44717bf7e65bb0f1)
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: nrthrn IN fishr on Feb 24, 2012, 08:18 AM
understand  but i dnt mind takin peaple im not greedy and like i said thy r the biggest anyones ever seen in there and i cant caught thm all  well when the wther makes up its mind ill be postn thm pic for all to see  but the offers out thre if anyone wnts to see  for thm selfs  my dad had his strys and whn i shwd up  he said r u fishin nxt to a  nuclear plant lol 
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: nrthrn IN fishr on Feb 24, 2012, 08:47 AM
ive been told tht this pit ive been fishn is a 180 feet deep  the gills look like packcoos big humps on the heads  and frm finger tip to almst my elbow  long
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: nrthrn IN fishr on Feb 24, 2012, 09:05 AM
and if u r bass fisher just take a walk arnd the pit and see the biggest bass ive seen but  dnt plan on caughtn thm unless u got a trick  or two ive tryd everythng i can thnk of   and cant get thm mnsters  to bit 
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: sprkplug on Feb 24, 2012, 09:10 AM
A new world record REDEAR was caught last summer, it weighed over 5.5lbs, and was "only" 16.75" long,
and they grow larger than Bluegill.............

I would love to see a 16" Bluegill, or a 3.5lb Bluegill. But I would need to see them on a scale, with a tape alongside.......... most fish of this reputed magnitude never live up to the angler's claims once an accurate measuring device is produced. Don't misunderstand, I would love to be proven wrong, with "proven" being the key point here. I have seen verified photos of Bluegills over 3 lbs before, so I'm ready and willing to take a look. However, outrageous claims demand infallible proof...  Unfortunately, stories from an undoubtedly, and justifiably, excited angler do not count.
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: nrthrn IN fishr on Feb 24, 2012, 09:23 AM
ive been fishin my whole life and ive fished ths pit over and over and everytime the samethng happns  i leave wth buckets and coolers of thys mnsters so if u thnk its a lie bring ur camra and scale and u can take pic and wght thm  y im caughtn thm lol    i fish my buddys pound and its got Georgia giants in it and it nothng like the pit
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: sprkplug on Feb 24, 2012, 09:29 AM
I can't wait for your photos, good luck. ;)
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: nrthrn IN fishr on Feb 24, 2012, 09:29 AM
i have a 10 inch hand and theres only 2 ways i can hold the fish thumbin thm by the mouth or holdn thm like a taco lol   im cant get my hands belly to back so whos ready i am   
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Post by: justjiggin83 on Feb 24, 2012, 01:35 PM
That sounds like a good time to me. Id love to go.
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Post by: coho333 on Feb 24, 2012, 02:09 PM
X2  I am game
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Post by: shovelholdsdirt on Feb 24, 2012, 02:49 PM
Wish I could go.  However, I can't afford it...I would be inclined to mount any bluegill over 12". :)
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: Flat Bob on Feb 24, 2012, 03:10 PM
Shoot take me I'll be happy with a bunch of 12"ers. ???
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: neonnc3 on Feb 24, 2012, 03:18 PM
As would I.Im sure large bluegill are present in most lakes and rivers. I too have hybrids in my pond and the best they have grown to is 9 in and one pound. Red ears grow larger and there have been some very nice three-quarter and one pounder taken from pine lake and most are in the ten and eleven in. size. I wont discount a mans word, but I too need to see,lol That said Ill come too!..... :P
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: gotime on Feb 24, 2012, 04:41 PM
Are you sure my wife didn't give you the tape measure you are using ;D ;D
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: ole green moe on Feb 24, 2012, 05:17 PM
  ;) ;)   I can't believe all the scepticism about a 16" bluegill ::), but a 180' deep gravel pit? :-\     I don't know about that. ;D ;D ;D       Just seems like an awful long ways to bring up rocks. ;)     I'm just sayin'.
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: nrthrn IN fishr on Feb 24, 2012, 05:57 PM
well lets make plans anytime is good for me im layoff so  lets go
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: nrthrn IN fishr on Feb 24, 2012, 06:18 PM
lol my grl just seen the pic of  sprkplugs gill on the other page and said the gills u get at the grvl pit  r way long thn tht one lol   thn i told her thats wht im tryn to tell these guys
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: rippin lips off on Feb 24, 2012, 06:24 PM
i would like to go and try andsee some of these big gills.........
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: Knoodles on Feb 24, 2012, 06:30 PM
A 16" Bluegill?   3.5lbs?
 I'm gonna' need to see a pic on the scale, or against a rule.......... And I would love to see either one, so please post away. :)

Me too, would like to see the picks with tape and scale. 
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: wax_worm on Feb 24, 2012, 07:21 PM
ive been told tht this pit ive been fishn is a 180 feet deep  the gills look like packcoos big humps on the heads  and frm finger tip to almst my elbow  long

UMMMM....I am with sprkplug on this one....I need to see some pics....I am not a big person and my finger tip to elbow is roughly 17.5 inches.  No possible way you are catching true BLUEGILLS anywhere close to that size.  Since you offered, I will take one for the team and be happy to meet you there anytime.  Just PM me when and where to meet you.  I will bring the bait, the camera and the tape measure.  You name the time and place.  I can be in South Bend in 30 minutes or less.  Also, I assume you have permission to fish there as I am not going to trespass.
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: 1MOFISH on Feb 24, 2012, 07:29 PM
maybe they arent gills but warmouths they get to over 2 lbs here they look like a gill on roids i.d. fish that are not uasual is difficult i saw a tench couldnt begin to tell you
GOD BLESS
mo
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: ole green moe on Feb 24, 2012, 07:41 PM
Let me see if I've got this straight, we have a 10" hand. 180' deep gravel pit. 16" bluegill that are 3.5 lbs. each. Now even a girlfriend. Is there any overhand bowling also? I'm out for the year, great story to end the season with. Maybe we can have good ice next year.
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: sprkplug on Feb 24, 2012, 07:59 PM
If there was ever a time I hoped to be proven wrong, this would be it. I would like to think that I'm fairly knowledgeable about Bluegill, but I am certainly willing to admit that I have been mistaken before. However, I'm having a hard time making the math work in this case. If the Indiana record was 13.5" @ 3lbs 4ozs, and the world record was 15" @ 4lbs 12ozs, then a 16" Gill has to be pushing 5lbs, maybe a little more. A new world record, and multiple versions of it from the sound of things.

In addition, if the angler's hand is 10", and the 16" fish reached from fingertips to near elbow, then the forearm length would be only 6". That doesn't quite add up, either.

I believe in giving everyone the benefit of a doubt, so that eliminates one possibility and leaves me with 3 scenarios.

A)  There is a lake full of world record sunfish in Northern Indiana.
B)  The fish in question has been misidentified.
C)  The size of the fish has been greatly misrepresented.

I am greatly anticipating pics and measurements of these fish, but I'm not ready to hold my breath.
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: shovelholdsdirt on Feb 24, 2012, 08:31 PM
  ;) ;)   I can't believe all the scepticism about a 16" bluegill ::), but a 180' deep gravel pit? :-\     I don't know about that. ;D ;D ;D       Just seems like an awful long ways to bring up rocks. ;)     I'm just sayin'.

Theres a pretty deep hole in fort wayne...Hanson Gravel on Sandpoint.  They have an observation tower to look down into it; its gotta be well over 300'. 
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Post by: Gills-only on Feb 24, 2012, 08:40 PM
How big a hole do you have to pull those Gills thru???  They have to be 7-8" tall.
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Post by: countryboy on Feb 25, 2012, 01:04 AM
dang!
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: nrthrn IN fishr on Feb 25, 2012, 09:04 AM
sounds like i shld make a trip to see if i can get a rod out in the water just so i can shw u unbelievers  and like i said anytime u wnt to fish it u let me knw   i only live 20 min frm these pits  and if u wnt ole green moe we can stop by grandpas bwling alley and do sum overhand bowling  thts no prblem    for u who doubt me just stay toned til i can make it up thre  and u will see   buckets and coolers full and me smiling ear to ear
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: fishinator on Feb 25, 2012, 09:53 AM
16" gill? That aint nothin, shoot when I hit my honey hole I pull the bait away from those little guys so I aint got to waste time unhookin em.  ;D
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: Fish Stalker on Feb 25, 2012, 10:53 AM
I too am layed off work for a few weeks so if you want to meet somewhere i would be more than happy to catch a 16" gill.I live near Valpo.So if you want someone to go let me know.Pm me the time and place you want to meet up.
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Post by: wax_worm on Feb 25, 2012, 11:40 AM
sounds like i shld make a trip to see if i can get a rod out in the water just so i can shw u unbelievers  and like i said anytime u wnt to fish it u let me knw   i only live 20 min frm these pits  and if u wnt ole green moe we can stop by grandpas bwling alley and do sum overhand bowling  thts no prblem    for u who doubt me just stay toned til i can make it up thre  and u will see   buckets and coolers full and me smiling ear to ear

Like I said....the ball is in your court now.  Send me a PM with a time and place to meet you and I will bring the bait, camera and tape measure.  I can be there in South bend in 30 minutes.  If you catch buckets and coolers full it shuold not take long to get one picture worthy.
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Post by: princecraft on Feb 25, 2012, 12:10 PM
Pick me, pick me
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Post by: portageredneck on Feb 25, 2012, 01:42 PM
i am off tomorrow and both sat and sun next week...don
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Post by: Crappie slayer35 on Feb 25, 2012, 08:32 PM
Me too I would like in in this one. I'm usually off every weekend.
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Post by: BIGKAT9 on Feb 25, 2012, 08:45 PM
Heck i'll bet the pictures weighs  a half pound.
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Post by: gotime on Feb 26, 2012, 03:53 PM
Count me in, I'll bring the beer !!
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Post by: gruntngrin on Feb 26, 2012, 09:59 PM
Count me in,would love to have a stringer mount of 16 inch gills  ;D
Heck ill even blow a week off work for a trip like that  ;D
Ill buy all the crawlers,beer,gas, carry all your stuff,bait your hook,unhook your fish,ect ect  ;D
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Post by: Jig_Head on Feb 27, 2012, 02:49 AM
Im definitely in, im off every weekend. pm me
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Post by: Fish Stalker on Feb 27, 2012, 07:03 AM
Waited all weekend to get a reply.What happened to the open invite ??? Guess if i can't go catch 16" gills i will have to settle for 24" crappie ;D LOL
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: Knoodles on Feb 27, 2012, 07:31 AM
Not at all suprising this guy BAILED!!!!  I am not even sure the motivation here?  Why come on and chirp about cannon gills, invite people, etc and be full of it? 
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: Fish Stalker on Feb 27, 2012, 07:59 AM
Don't think there was any motivation other than having to be the guy that catchs the biggest. One of those mine is bigger than yours type of guys.
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: resophonic on Feb 27, 2012, 10:20 AM
If you looked at his gramar,spelling and his command of the engilsh language ( and I am not sure if it was english) I am surprised that he got any responses on any of his posts. Although it was certainly entertaining.
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: bsufishinguy on Feb 27, 2012, 07:36 PM
Well the guy can barely type....let alone  operate a measuring tape
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: Flat Bob on Feb 27, 2012, 08:37 PM
Waited all weekend to get a reply.What happened to the open invite ??? Guess if i can't go catch 16" gills i will have to settle for 24" crappie ;D LOL
Is that all you got? I regularly catch 36" crappie and got one on the wall that's 42". But I don't have a camera to show ya.
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: abishop on Feb 27, 2012, 09:49 PM
Would like to know where these gravel pits are. I know they get some BIG fish around the Linton pits near Terre Haute. Never fished there but know guys who tear them up at the right times. Only have electric motors and arent heavily fished. The harder ones to get to have the best fishing. Sure would like to have a 16 inch gill next to my 26 inch crappie. LMMFAO.
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: Crappie slayer35 on Feb 27, 2012, 10:34 PM
I think he's probably looking for some attention. Maybe looking to see what kind of response he will get from all of us who are in touch with reality LOL. ???
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: Jig_Head on Feb 28, 2012, 03:15 AM
If you looked at his gramar,spelling and his command of the engilsh language ( and I am not sure if it was english) I am surprised that he got any responses on any of his posts. Although it was certainly entertaining.
     I think maybe that was the point....entertainment . Get our minds off the short ice season we had
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: Gills-only on Feb 28, 2012, 08:22 AM
Ya think he throwing the bait out there to see how many bites he would get??
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: nrthrn IN fishr on Feb 28, 2012, 09:03 AM
well didnt make it to the pits ths weekend i went pike fishn on the kank  and dwn  river a few miles thy found a 4 feet 7inch  gator  lol  but the pit is real and the gills are too so let it warm up a lil and well go get um  im really diggin the repiles  so keep thm comin 
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: fishon35 on Feb 28, 2012, 09:11 AM
Back in '82, I could throw a pigskin a quarter-mile.
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Post by: nrthrn IN fishr on Feb 28, 2012, 09:25 AM
uncle rico were have u been  lol 
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Post by: fishon35 on Feb 28, 2012, 10:04 AM
Ohhhh, man I wish I could go back in time.  I'd take state.
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: Fish Stalker on Feb 28, 2012, 10:13 AM
Is that all you got? I regularly catch 36" crappie and got one on the wall that's 42". But I don't have a camera to show ya.

You must fish the same pits nrthrn IN fishr does ;D HAHA  I just hope one day i could be blessed to even see a 16"gill,let alone catch coolers full.
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: resophonic on Feb 28, 2012, 10:56 AM
60 degrees tommorrow in South Bend, How warm does it have to be?
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: nrthrn IN fishr on Feb 28, 2012, 11:05 AM
ok u r from north liberty u knw who i am  so pm me and ill let let u in on a lil info mr resopnic
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Post by: Billie_95 on Feb 28, 2012, 01:33 PM
Would love to know where this is at..Is it public??
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Post by: Billie_95 on Feb 28, 2012, 01:34 PM
Iwant to go
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: nrthrn IN fishr on Feb 28, 2012, 02:10 PM
when i was there one day thy were scuba diving there and thy said the schools of fish were blocking the sun out when they swam past
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: gruntngrin on Feb 28, 2012, 02:44 PM
ok u r from north liberty u knw who i am  so pm me and ill let let u in on a lil info mr resopnic


Looks like im moven to north liberty so let me in on it also  ;D
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: bret on Feb 28, 2012, 02:52 PM
This is the only thread I'm watching on this site....I'm ready to see some pig, hump nose, knot headed gills!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: sprkplug on Feb 28, 2012, 03:11 PM
Here's what a 3lb Bluegill looks like. Around 14"

(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1067.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fu434%2Fsprkplugphoto%2FP10009811.jpg&hash=a6bc30f2fd2b341dba467ed47e2c9fb8)
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: nrthrn IN fishr on Feb 28, 2012, 03:14 PM
yes sir u almst hit the nail on the head dmn
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: sprkplug on Feb 28, 2012, 03:25 PM
By the way, that fish is not one of mine. In fact, it's not even from this state. That fish came from Richmond Mill lake, in North Carolina. It was caught by Dr. Bruce Condello, Bluegill enthusiast extraordinaire.
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: nrthrn IN fishr on Feb 28, 2012, 03:31 PM
no bs  thy are just like that in this pit  im tryn to set sumthng up wth a few guys    so u guys out there will see  soon
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: sprkplug on Feb 28, 2012, 03:39 PM
Just like the pic I posted... On a digital scale, with a rule set beside it........ :whistle: ;)2 

 16"..... New world record seen first right here at IS ;D  Think of the tourism dollars spent and the jobs that will be created..........
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: fishon35 on Feb 28, 2012, 03:43 PM
Never ate bluegill with tar on it... looks delicious!  P.S. This is a great thread!
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: wax_worm on Feb 28, 2012, 04:28 PM
no bs  thy are just like that in this pit  im tryn to set sumthng up wth a few guys    so u guys out there will see  soon

I am waiting for my invite......
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: gruntngrin on Feb 28, 2012, 06:05 PM
I am waiting for my invite......

As am I
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: nrthrn IN fishr on Feb 28, 2012, 06:11 PM
pm me well try to set sumthng up
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: abishop on Feb 28, 2012, 06:29 PM
Here's what a 3lb Bluegill looks like. Around 14"

(http://i1067.photobucket.com/albums/u434/sprkplugphoto/P10009811.jpg)
[/ I am wondering why certain gills are so different appearance wise. Must be different cross breeding or water clarity. I myself like the colorful males. What do all you think are the reasons. That is a beautiful gill size wise but kinda ugly. I would still be proud to put it on my den wall.
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: sprkplug on Feb 28, 2012, 07:34 PM
The water clarity the fish came from certainly has a lot to do with it, as does the time of year. Case in point-this fish is wearing his spawning colors, which tend to be darker in males. Bluegill will often darken up after being caught, and while being handled due to stress. And lastly, this is a Coppernose Bluegill, a strain found in southern waters, and colored differently than our native, northern strain.
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: abishop on Feb 28, 2012, 07:59 PM
Sparkplug, you have it going on. Seems like you are definitely a informed breeder. Do you happen to have a pic of these Georgia giants that get over 3 to 5  pounds. From what I have read these are the biggest of the gills. Was wondering if they have the orange bellies and blue typical colors that the gills have around these parts? Thanks for all the info.
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: sprkplug on Feb 28, 2012, 08:43 PM
abishop, I will have to dig through my photos to find them. I will touch on one very important point first though. Georgia Giants are Hybrid Bluegill, a cross of at least two different fish, the exact combination is considered proprietary information by the supplier, Ken Holyoke. The common Hybrid Bluegill is the result of a union between a female green sunfish, and a male bluegill. In my research I have found no instances that can be substantiated where Georgia giants achieved sizes that were larger than "ordinary" hybrid bluegill. There is however, much hype and misinformation out there, a lot of it stemming from one photo of a huge fish claimed to be one of Holyoke's giants. "Bubba" as it has come to be called.

Many people purchase hybrid bluegills based on advice from a friend, or a glowing recommendation from a fish supplier, without ever learning the hybrid's shortcomings and advantages. I could type for hours, but in a nutshell, a hybrid bluegill will not grow larger than a regular bluegill, all aspects being equal. A hybrid fish will not exceed the maximum size of it's parent species.... they grow faster for the first couple of years, then their growth slows and the regular bluegills can overtake them in size, if everything is equal. I have raised hybrid bluegills in one of my ponds for years, I'm still waiting to see one over 2lbs. The pic I posted of the bluegill on the scale weighing 3lbs tells the whole story.   

Regular Bluegills have the capacity to outgrow hybrids if ultimate size is the goal.
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: abishop on Feb 28, 2012, 08:49 PM
Is it ture that the hybrid does not reproduce?
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: sprkplug on Feb 28, 2012, 09:01 PM
Completely false. Another internet myth. Hybrid Bluegills can and do, reproduce. The benefit of hybrid bluegills in that regard is that the first generation hybrids, referred to as F1's, are predominantly male. Around 90-95% male in fact. The lack of female partners limits their reproduction, as long as no other sunfish species are present.

That's why hybrid bluegills are recommended to be stocked without regular Bluegills, fewer females means little to no offspring, which in turn means they will not overpopulate and stunt.
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: shovelholdsdirt on Feb 28, 2012, 09:05 PM
Here's what a 3lb Bluegill looks like. Around 14"

(http://i1067.photobucket.com/albums/u434/sprkplugphoto/P10009811.jpg)

Thats not a bluegill...thats a flounder.   :woot:
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: gamehawg on Feb 29, 2012, 09:05 PM
I happen to be close to north liberty as well, Would love to go with.
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: gamehawg on Mar 05, 2012, 07:12 PM
What happened? Nobody make it out to the pits?
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: fishon35 on Mar 05, 2012, 07:53 PM
They did... but when the giant gill got hooked, he fought back and swam so hard the unlucky fisherman was pulled into the bellows of the pit and never heard from again. :'(
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: abishop on Mar 05, 2012, 09:12 PM
LMMFAO.
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: Jig_Head on Mar 06, 2012, 02:32 AM
He actually did pm me back about going last saturday but ive been pretty sick so i turned it down, plus it was super windy and cold
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: fishon35 on Mar 06, 2012, 06:34 AM
It was a good thing you didn't go... that could've been you.
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: shovelholdsdirt on Mar 06, 2012, 06:38 AM
It was a good thing you didn't go... that could've been you.

Exactly...
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: nrthrn IN fishr on Mar 06, 2012, 07:31 AM
lol headed there in the morning so be ready for sum pics
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: gotime on Mar 06, 2012, 07:32 AM
lol headed there in the morning so be ready for sum pics
I'm ready !!
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: SouthBend on Mar 06, 2012, 07:49 AM
I'd recommend taking today's paper to put the fish on when you take the photos. Might be hard to convince some of the guys here otherwise.
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: nrthrn IN fishr on Mar 06, 2012, 08:09 AM
i sure will do that  i got the tape and scale ready to   going to get the ol cardinal ready now
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: TheDL on Mar 06, 2012, 08:52 AM
I eagerly await your proof.  Good luck out there
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: abishop on Mar 06, 2012, 09:08 AM
Norm, I am ready just call. I have a flat of crawlers just waiting to feed those hungry gills. Al
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: fishon35 on Mar 06, 2012, 11:36 AM
i sure will do that  i got the tape and scale ready to   going to get the ol cardinal ready now

Nrthrn, You are one of the best "sports" on this forum!  abishop, I truly hope they don't take you too :-\.  Leave your worms at home... these Goliath's eat human.  Tie your finger on... guaranteed to catch 3 on the same hook! 
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: SouthBend on Mar 06, 2012, 12:16 PM
This just might be one of the best threads I have ever read on this board. I check it daily in anticipation!
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: Billie_95 on Mar 06, 2012, 02:39 PM
I know where he is talking about and was told the same how big they are.So its the truth.
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: SouthBend on Mar 06, 2012, 02:57 PM
I know where he is talking about and was told the same how big they are.So its the truth.

I know where too  and have heard the same from other people including my grandfather who used to fish out there 30+ years ago. I just never had a way on.
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: resophonic on Mar 06, 2012, 05:27 PM
I went out to that gravel pit this afternoon. I went to go get several of those 5# blue gills. On my way I tripped on a morel. Since I knew I could catch big blue gills there anytime, I chose to pick mushrooms. I only brought home 4 because they were a little smaller than usual and I knew it would be better tomorrow. The mushrooms are always big at this particular gravel pit. When I got home i weighed the 4 mushrooms and as I suspected they were a little below average,they only weighed 30lbs. 9 ozs. The average weight would be 8 lbs. a piece. I would show you the pictures but unfortunatley when I tripped on that first morel I fell and, wouldn't you know it, I broke my camera. You will just have to take my word for it.
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: Knoodles on Mar 06, 2012, 06:10 PM
i sure will do that  i got the tape and scale ready to   going to get the ol cardinal ready now

I am awaiting the next excuse.  Although it would be funny if dude posted a picture with a ton of cannon gills that mad our mouths drop. 
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: abishop on Mar 06, 2012, 06:38 PM
You just have to be ready for anything. Remember my son, patience is a virtue grasshopper.
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: sprkplug on Mar 06, 2012, 07:13 PM
A cooler full of world record Bluegills. Shoot, a cooler full of State record Bluegills.

I say again.... on the digital scale, next to the tape. Just like the photos I posted.

The fish must break 3lbs 4ozs to claim state. 13.5" long.
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: wax_worm on Mar 08, 2012, 01:34 PM
Hmmmm.....they must not have been biting when they went the other day.    :roflmao:
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: Flattop on Mar 08, 2012, 01:49 PM
I'll bet that solar storm has got them in a negative pattern. :-\ ;)
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: marmooskapaul on Mar 08, 2012, 08:40 PM
Is this the thread about the two 28" bass??? What did I miss.
Oh Crap I always come in late
Paul
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: Jig_Head on Mar 09, 2012, 03:46 AM
No, but we all catch 28" bass on this thread. This ones about 16 inch gills, a lot of suspense and no evidence
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: fishon35 on Mar 09, 2012, 07:08 AM
He seems like a nice guy...
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: abishop on Mar 09, 2012, 06:33 PM
He is my # 1 new bestest buddy. He is taking me to the famous HONEY HOLE. Just have to wait my turn.
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: fishon35 on Mar 09, 2012, 06:57 PM
What # are you in line??? I'm tellin you, if I lived near the pits and was offered a seat in the truck, but became a number, I'd do something to jump the line. Hell, you might have to give him a back rub, but at least you'll get to go! ???
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: abishop on Mar 09, 2012, 07:05 PM
What ever it takes. I will be the next new world record bluegill holder.
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: sprkplug on Mar 10, 2012, 07:57 AM
The sad part is, this thread was the most entertaining thing that happened to me this past season. My ice never got over 1.5" thick. I fished open water most of the winter.

Never caught any 16" Bluegills, though. ;)

Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: bret on Mar 10, 2012, 10:02 AM
I'm starting to lose interest...lol.  If the pics of the hog bluegills get posted someone wake me up or send me a PM.  :)
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: fishon35 on Mar 10, 2012, 02:31 PM
Northrn, where are you? The Pits? Are you ok? Did they get you to? We are getting concerned!
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: wax_worm on Mar 10, 2012, 08:09 PM
I'm starting to lose interest...lol.  If the pics of the hog bluegills get posted someone wake me up or send me a PM.  :)

Hard to post pics of fish that don't exist......16" gills by the cooler full, you would think somewhere, someone he has taken would have a picture or two of these monster gills, since they are world record quality fish.   ::)
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: sprkplug on Mar 10, 2012, 09:57 PM
I'll post one of mine from today, hopefully to get things started.........  10", and 1lb 1oz.

(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1067.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fu434%2Fsprkplugphoto%2F172ozs3-10-12.jpg&hash=94d6f027732cf7e74011446cc41b331f)
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: walleyeboater on Mar 12, 2012, 07:52 PM
Swaaaeeett!!!
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: princecraft on Mar 13, 2012, 03:59 AM
That is one fat fish.  Is it a hybrid?
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: sprkplug on Mar 13, 2012, 06:27 AM
Yes it is.
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: bret on Mar 13, 2012, 06:50 AM
Sparkplg,  Got these from a pond that a buddy has permission to fish.  These fish were caught on Jiggin raps.  They are very healthy and THICK.  I would love to have this strain of gill in my pond.  Can you tell anything about the gills from the pics?  The knife in the picture is a Cutco 11 1/4" long.

(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi34.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fd125%2Fbretkrista%2FFishing%2520Photos%2FFish_013.jpg&hash=78393d51fa73ba3d88e0f15cb33023ca)



Here's one that came from one of our lakes in K-county:

(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi34.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fd125%2Fbretkrista%2FPicture025.jpg&hash=349b824ae7bf46d265648afa08e49370)
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: sprkplug on Mar 13, 2012, 11:23 AM
Those are some great looking gills'. Indiana is too far north to have any of the southern strains, or coppernose Bluegills, so chances are those are northern, or native fish. There are a couple folks selectively breeding Northern strain Bluegills for optimum size, but they are scarce, and not readily available to the general public.

I would say that those fish came from a BOW where the food supply is plentiful, and whatever harvest strategies are practiced there regarding Bluegills, and just as important, Bass, are working together to produce these excellent fish. That's not to say that genetics doesn't play a role in creating a big Bluegill, because it can. But in my opinion, having an adequate food supply is more important than a good pedigree. Are those fish fed supplemental, or artificial feed? If not, the BOW that they came from is a pretty special place.

Your bottom photo looks to be a cross between a Redear and a Bluegill. A naturally occurring hybrid. Nice fish also!
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: abishop on Mar 13, 2012, 04:57 PM
With this warm weather we should be hearing something on the record bull gills.
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: fishon35 on Mar 13, 2012, 08:50 PM
I, along with the others who are watching this thread, can not wait for a report.  I might even walk from upstate NY to fish with yous guys! 

abishop, I'll bring downriggers with bear traps on them if you bring planer boards and a crate of 2ft. worms.
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: bret on Mar 15, 2012, 06:33 AM
Quote
I would say that those fish came from a BOW where the food supply is plentiful, and whatever harvest strategies are practiced there regarding Bluegills, and just as important, Bass, are working together to produce these excellent fish. That's not to say that genetics doesn't play a role in creating a big Bluegill, because it can. But in my opinion, having an adequate food supply is more important than a good pedigree. Are those fish fed supplemental, or artificial feed? If not, the BOW that they came from is a pretty special place.

To my knowledge there is no special harvest strategies in place and I'm not sure how much fishing pressure it gets.  They may do some supplemental feeding.   All species of fish in the pond seem very healthy.  It is a true joy to fish this pond because of the huge bluegills!
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: captain54 on Mar 15, 2012, 06:50 AM
Beautiful Gills,my favorite fish. On a down note a caught two 16-17 inches yesterday but a 75 lb snapping turtle came out of the mud and ate stringer and all before I could get a picture. lol  I'm 59 and ice,open water fished all my life and still looking for and 11 inch fish,I caught several 10-10 1/4 inches through the years but here in Pa. they take a long time and far and few get to10 inches.
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: SouthBend on Mar 15, 2012, 09:57 AM
I'm starting to wonder if this thread is one of those "How do you keep an idiot in suspense" jokes..... If it is, it is working for me anyway.

I'm curios where this ranks as far as views/comment quantity for Indiana board posts. 7 pages of comments and over 3000 views seems pretty high for a little Indiana board.
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: fishon35 on Mar 15, 2012, 11:23 AM
(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1160.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fq485%2Ffishon35%2Fdeliv01.jpg&hash=4d804efd1c97fb22487ff166220e1946)


Any one else hear the dueling banjo's???
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: portageredneck on Mar 15, 2012, 08:41 PM
the crappie in my avatar is 17.5 inches and weighed 2.5 pds...the in state record is 4 pds i think....now thats a crappie
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: libo on Mar 18, 2012, 09:01 AM
nrthrn in fishr.-that was a good one, maybe start one about the 30'' smallies your catching, they will probably believe it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: A- bomb on Mar 23, 2012, 04:13 PM
i can only speculate.... but i would have to assume that due to the harsh winter and thick ice the pits have experienced some serious winter kill due to the disolved oxygen levels getteing to low...
largest of the species are usually killed  first...place is probly just left with a ton of stunted 9" inchers!!

and after this much build up i would hate to laugh at a 12" gill if even one of those were to posted.....

so we wait!!
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: plowman on Mar 23, 2012, 04:39 PM
WOW!! Just stumbled onto this thread. What a blast. Read the whole thing. Very entertaining. Waiting for pictures and in line number ;D
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: portageredneck on Mar 24, 2012, 09:13 AM
12 inch gills...mother natures cure for erectile dysfunction....
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: gillin1026 on Mar 26, 2012, 09:06 PM
i can if i can figure out how to do it
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: abishop on Apr 21, 2012, 11:29 PM
I want pics, and a PHONE CALL.
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: fishon35 on Apr 22, 2012, 06:52 AM
I'm tired of waiting too...

 ??? ??? ??? ??? ??? ??? ??? ??? ???

Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: Shawgill on Apr 22, 2012, 09:04 PM
the biggest bluegill in INDIANA COME FROM bASSMASTERS#62  lake, top 100 bass lakes in America
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: Gillfisher on Apr 23, 2012, 08:42 AM
I've had gills suck down crawlers hooked once and hanging straight down about a foot below the hook all you here is a pop and it is inhaled

This is what a mainly use to catch gills, just a crawler threaded on the hook past the collar, nothing else. A 6 inch bluegill can suck the whole crawler in and get hooked deep. Happens a lot.

This isn't huge but this size is common by my house.

(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1233.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff394%2FGillfisher%2FSSPX0150.jpg&hash=7afad2e5076d2c49b6b78bbe5dae9b9f)

My neighbor has pictures of a couple 12 inch gills he caught a couple years before I moved here. I will see if he will let me scan them so I can post, but it may be a while as he is retired and gone a lot.
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: abishop on Jun 22, 2012, 04:43 PM
S T I L L   W A I T I N G......
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: sprkplug on Jul 11, 2012, 12:50 PM
Wow, can't believe this thread has almost 6000 views.....

It was too cold back in February, I suppose it's too warm now? ;)
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: shake on Jul 11, 2012, 03:25 PM
lol....I almost forgot about this thread....never got involved in the conversation, but it sure was entertaining.
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: fishon35 on Jul 11, 2012, 08:06 PM
promises, promises... it was great while it lasted! Kept us all interested...
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: jcindiana on Aug 15, 2012, 08:40 PM
wow now that so funny stuff.....
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: ole green moe on Dec 28, 2012, 07:52 PM
I thought I would resurrect an oldie but a goodie from the past. ;D I loved every post on this thread!!! ;)
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: abishop on Dec 28, 2012, 08:20 PM
I want to fish it thru the ice.
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: Fish Stalker on Dec 28, 2012, 08:30 PM
If your going to ice fish the pits better take a saw to cut a large enough hole to get them gills threw.LOL
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: Jig_Head on Dec 28, 2012, 08:32 PM
Hhahahahahahahah awesome
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: Fergie2u on Dec 28, 2012, 08:33 PM
O BOY here we go.LOL
 ;) ::)
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: Fish Stalker on Dec 28, 2012, 08:39 PM
You know we really need some ice if we are back to this .HAHA
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: wjr1244 on Dec 28, 2012, 09:57 PM
You know, I pm'd this guy back when he first posted this and thought that I might get to go, but I never got a response.  I do know what pit he is talking about though, and I'm not really sure that he had the "permission" that he said he had.  Those pits are owned by Walsh and Kelly, and Reith Riley and I think may still be in operation.  As far as the enormous size that was bragged about, well I will leave that to your imagination. ;)
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: Fishking83 on Dec 28, 2012, 10:01 PM
I had been steelhead fishing last year for about a month once this thread was started so I never read it until just now.  Haven't fished last ice ever because I usually begin steelhead fishing around mid Feb.  I can't believe what I miss out on by not checking in after mid Feb.  I just read all 9 pages though.  If that place freezes he will surely be eating well this winter.
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: resophonic on Jan 21, 2013, 06:46 PM
I'm thinking there should be ice on the gravel pits by now ??? ;D ::)
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: abishop on Jan 21, 2013, 07:44 PM
NOW, THAT IS WHAT I AM TALKING ABOUT. STILL WAITING FOR THE CALL.
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: tater140 on Jan 21, 2013, 07:49 PM
The thread that just keeps on giving.  It really is a good read.
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: Fish_Tko on Feb 11, 2013, 09:00 AM
Unfortunately its not laying on a tape measure and looks like its already mounted ::)
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: wax_worm on Feb 11, 2013, 04:32 PM
Unfortunately its not laying on a tape measure and looks like its already mounted ::)

I think it is just frozen!  Looks like he is holding by the gill flap on the backside.  It is a bigun for sure, but would like to see it on a tape like you said.
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: Dougie51869 on Feb 15, 2013, 01:51 PM
hey i would like to get out on the gravel pit. pm me and we can get on a couple of stocked lakes too
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: cmoore09 on Feb 15, 2013, 02:02 PM
3.5 pound gill?  Did it come across the ooze from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles?
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: HuntHard on Feb 15, 2013, 02:30 PM
(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1053.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fs471%2Fhunthard2%2F0202131837a_zps18dc6992.jpg&hash=9e8eb1f98dbaeb6e84a443a6a97bd20a)

(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1053.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fs471%2Fhunthard2%2FIMG955389_zpsc8dd89c6.jpg&hash=90580840f682383981899b7f379cc839)

(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1053.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fs471%2Fhunthard2%2F0201131943a_zps8ef1e28b.jpg&hash=08fb345d564bd1c29f476f480dbe3a7e)

Yeah dont think my 12 " Bull gill was mounted lol my ice fishing partner and i made a trip to Nebraska where the gill and pike fishing is awesome

The pics were taken on an older camera phone so theyre not the greatest quality but my buddys gill was 10 1/2" and the best pike was 38 " since we got the fish verified as all three of these are Nebraska Master Angler award fish I will post a picture of the award certs after we recieve them !!! This one a phenomial trip but I couldnt even dream of a 16" Bluegill. My partner shown with the 10 1/2" gill just broke the WY state record crappie and it was only 15 3/8" long lol http://county10.com/2013/01/13/record-black-crappie-caught-at-boysen-reservoir/
A 16" Would be one heck of a trophy and one would most likely have some pics
Unfortunately its not laying on a tape measure and looks like its already mounted ::)

Lol at this where is your big gill pics?
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: HuntHard on Feb 15, 2013, 04:32 PM
Found this interesting also
Turns out T. Hudsons World record Gill that is  4 lbs 12 oz
is only 15"s long LOL


(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1053.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fs471%2Fhunthard2%2FWorldrecordBluegill_zpsf9ea6987.jpg&hash=9a641ebf1bf22722d0959efce556ec4f)
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: Kamodude on Feb 16, 2013, 05:55 PM
You need to empty your messages !!!!!! Tryied to send you on but its full!!!!!
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: graham on Feb 20, 2013, 03:45 AM
Found this interesting also
Turns out T. Hudsons World record Gill that is  4 lbs 12 oz
is only 15"s long

Only. Lol

I am surprised in all this time someone hasn't figured out a way to fish this pit and confirm or deny the story. Well........maybe they have and aren't reporting for a reason....   :o
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: ole green moe on Mar 07, 2013, 09:51 PM
That time of year again... Time for those gravel pits to really heat up!!! ;D
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: cmoore09 on Mar 08, 2013, 04:41 PM
That time of year again... Time for those gravel pits to really heat up!!! ;D

This thread alone was worth joining iceshanty.com.  God Bless the Gravel Pits
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: sprkplug on Sep 03, 2013, 02:41 PM
Just dropped by IS to stoke the fire of anticipation, and had to read back through all the posts in this thread...over 9600 views. Wow.
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: Fish_Tko on Sep 04, 2013, 10:29 AM
(http://i1053.photobucket.com/albums/s471/hunthard2/0202131837a_zps18dc6992.jpg)

(http://i1053.photobucket.com/albums/s471/hunthard2/IMG955389_zpsc8dd89c6.jpg)

(http://i1053.photobucket.com/albums/s471/hunthard2/0201131943a_zps8ef1e28b.jpg)

Yeah dont think my 12 " Bull gill was mounted lol my ice fishing partner and i made a trip to Nebraska where the gill and pike fishing is awesome

The pics were taken on an older camera phone so theyre not the greatest quality but my buddys gill was 10 1/2" and the best pike was 38 " since we got the fish verified as all three of these are Nebraska Master Angler award fish I will post a picture of the award certs after we recieve them !!! This one a phenomial trip but I couldnt even dream of a 16" Bluegill. My partner shown with the 10 1/2" gill just broke the WY state record crappie and it was only 15 3/8" long lol http://county10.com/2013/01/13/record-black-crappie-caught-at-boysen-reservoir/
A 16" Would be one heck of a trophy and one would most likely have some pics
Lol at this where is your big gill pics?

http://i.imgur.com/n5Ton.jpg    Here is a redear from last year. I don't have a pic of a 12" gill on a tape, but have caught a handful over 11" on the tape.
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: Dylan-ICEFISHING on Nov 17, 2013, 02:39 PM
My dad and I wanna go now!!!! Lol call me 5745515410 we will take u up on the offer :P
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: high_flags on Nov 17, 2013, 03:12 PM
This is a replica of that world record Bluegill. I bought it at a local sporting good store that was closing its fishing dept. I like seeing it on my wall, its quite the dream.

(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi34.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fd146%2Feddy1123%2FP1010002-6.jpg&hash=3b4809f6505aae459f49993d275811f0) (http://s34.photobucket.com/user/eddy1123/media/P1010002-6.jpg.html)
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: Shawgill on Nov 23, 2013, 07:42 PM
I just want to do some overhand bowling ;D
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: Joe2727 on Nov 24, 2013, 11:34 AM
I fish a couple of private lakes and on Camelot I catch some really good size gills I'm hoping to get a few to put on the wall.
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: cmoore09 on Nov 25, 2013, 11:39 AM
This is the 2nd time I have had the pleasure to read through this thread (and it keeps growing all the time).  It is my new tradition before Ice Season.  This is as good as our family tradition of watching Lampoons Christmas Vacation every year.  It is worthy of its own t-shirt for iceshanty folk.  Good Luck All!
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: Indiana Angler on Jan 16, 2015, 09:11 AM
Got out to the old pits the other day, I filled a cooler wth the biggest gills u will ever see, and so many bass I was sick of them by the time i left. The flx28 just showed a red circle, didn't need it anyway tho, couldn't get my jig to the bottom before it got inhaled.  ;)
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: Gillhunter97 on Jan 16, 2015, 10:43 AM
Went to the south bend pit and got myself a bucket full of 17 inchers.. yes 17 not 16.. I'm now a record holder! ;) ;D ::)
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: ryoder on Jan 16, 2015, 10:51 AM
Got out to the old pits the other day, I filled a cooler wth the biggest gills u will ever see, and so many bass I was sick of them by the time i left. The flx28 just showed a red circle, didn't need it anyway tho, couldn't get my jig to the bottom before it got inhaled.  ;)

Awesome!!  :thumbsup: :bow: let's see the pics.

I caught this one last year in the pit during softwater season.

(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1328.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fw532%2Fryoder17%2FMobile%2520Uploads%2Ffishing%2FE2D381BF-E917-4340-A344-C9DF6C1C3BE9_zpspp1eicet.jpg&hash=fc349881cc0a1a32a3dd79b770304a56) (http://s1328.photobucket.com/user/ryoder17/media/Mobile%20Uploads/fishing/E2D381BF-E917-4340-A344-C9DF6C1C3BE9_zpspp1eicet.jpg.html)
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: HuntHard on Jan 28, 2015, 09:39 AM
I ventured across the country for my shot at the pits !! Couldn't catch the gills but I found a perch !!

(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1053.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fs471%2Fhunthard2%2F2008_giant_perch_zps34e9c419.jpg&hash=e2a097ff10ba3fa91b78620788982108) (http://s1053.photobucket.com/user/hunthard2/media/2008_giant_perch_zps34e9c419.jpg.html)
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: Old Goat on Jan 28, 2015, 10:36 AM
Once again this thread made my day. I've been arguing with other IS members so much I forget to go out on the ice.
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: Slabhunter136 on Jan 28, 2015, 10:46 AM
We catch them like that ALL the time, especially this year  ;) ..............  :o BAAAHAHAHAHAH. Sorry, I am new to the site and I couldn't help from commenting on this post!!

Tight lines guys!!
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: IceSkak on Jan 28, 2015, 02:12 PM
Yes count me in, just let me know when, I will be there for this one
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: panfishpopper85 on Jan 28, 2015, 03:09 PM
count me in!!! i have to to see this!!!
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: slugger33 on Jan 28, 2015, 05:43 PM
| (https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1378.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fah112%2Fevynhole33%2FMobile%2520Uploads%2FPhoto-0028_zpsyba6f1uz.jpg&hash=04c46cdfcfb92a2e56373c22dafaa558) (http://s1378.photobucket.com/user/evynhole33/media/Mobile%20Uploads/Photo-0028_zpsyba6f1uz.jpg.html)
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: slugger33 on Jan 28, 2015, 05:46 PM
| (https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1378.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fah112%2Fevynhole33%2FMobile%2520Uploads%2FPhoto-0028_zpsyba6f1uz.jpg&hash=04c46cdfcfb92a2e56373c22dafaa558) (http://s1378.photobucket.com/user/evynhole33/media/Mobile%20Uploads/Photo-0028_zpsyba6f1uz.jpg.html)
 
I forgot to write text on the last post. I caught this 30' out of an old pit I fish. He was a little on the small size
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: HuntHard on Jan 28, 2015, 06:09 PM
Finally I have seen one of these GIANTS !!!!

(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1053.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fs471%2Fhunthard2%2F12122015_zpseea657f4.jpg&hash=bb9f7678ceaad92c94e2da15e893d580) (http://s1053.photobucket.com/user/hunthard2/media/12122015_zpseea657f4.jpg.html)
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: hounds on Jan 28, 2015, 07:20 PM
I really like cmoore09's Idea about an Ice Shanty T-Shirt

How about hunthards Pic, With I caught it at the Pit as a caption underneath. :laugh:
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: icehacker on Jan 30, 2015, 07:15 PM
Hey nrthrn Ind fisher, I will go ice fishing with you at that gravel pit any time! you just say the word, and I will even supply the bait!! Please please either take me or tell me how to get there. That sounds like a blast. I can go any Saturday or sunday since I live in Warsaw, It wouldnt have enough day light left to fish if I went on a week day after work. Here is my number 574-551-6625 call me and lets set something up.
Thanks...my name is John
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: cmoore09 on Dec 14, 2017, 10:58 AM
Yep.  I read this every year to start my ice fishing season.  God bless the Gravel Pits. 
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: walleyeslayer on Dec 15, 2017, 06:06 AM
"they blocked out the sun" lol
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: trophytaker1 on Dec 17, 2017, 09:08 AM
Is this the same guy that catches the 5 puond blugills at the Leesburg pit ?
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: cmoore09 on Jan 05, 2022, 07:54 AM
its been a year but  every time i go i fill a cooler wth the biggest gills u will ever see  and so many bass ull be sick of thm by the time we leave i cant wait  till this wther makes up its mind

This.  Post.  Never.  Dies!!!!!
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: hounds on Jan 05, 2022, 07:45 PM
You need to get a Shirt made...........I fished the Pit with Dylan.   The boy is famous on this site.
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: river_scum on Jan 07, 2022, 05:14 AM
yea famous for BS.  couple others run a close second on here. lol  ill have to make time to reread this thread for some laughs.
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: cmoore09 on Jan 07, 2022, 07:56 AM
You need to get a Shirt made...........I fished the Pit with Dylan.   The boy is famous on this site.

Oh I may be able to make this happen.  Fishin the pits with Dylan is my motto this year.
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: hounds on Feb 23, 2022, 06:16 PM
My dad and I wanna go now!!!! Lol call me 5745515410 we will take u up on the offer :P

Just Curious, has anyone ever called that number?  At least for kicks!!!
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: wallydiven on Feb 23, 2022, 07:15 PM
Just Curious, has anyone ever called that number?  At least for kicks!!!
Probably still  3' of ice there! Bring lots of buckets for all them giant fish!!
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: river_scum on Feb 23, 2022, 08:01 PM
Just Curious, has anyone ever called that number?  At least for kicks!!!

lol call him and invite him to the gravel pits for some 16" bluegill fishing.  if its same guys number he would get a kick out of that i bet.
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: PoleCat on Feb 24, 2022, 10:48 AM
I remember him stating that he had to lip a gill through a 10" hole...how can you not believe a master fisherman like that. Just that one time battery was dead on his phone. What is the odds and of all times to have that happen @#$% :tipup:
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: zcm_82 on Feb 24, 2022, 10:57 AM
I remember him stating that he had to lip a gill through a 10" hole...how can you not believe a master fisherman like that. Just that one time battery was dead on his phone. What is the odds and of all times to have that happen @#$% :tipup:

 :roflmao:

My battery always goes dead when I get coolers full of state record bluegills  ;)
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: Michigan Slim on Feb 24, 2022, 03:21 PM
New to this thread but following intently!
Just one thing to add: COLD WEATHER SHRINKAGE. I WAS IN THE POOL! Same for State record fish maybe? State record but cold and some shrinkage?  ;D
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: hounds on Feb 25, 2022, 05:57 PM
Been by that Gravel Pit a few times, if it had gill's that big, there would have been boats on it.
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: R.S. on Feb 27, 2022, 05:21 AM
it mite be shut off since those guys drown?  anyone fished it in the last year or two?
Title: Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
Post by: hounds on Feb 27, 2022, 01:28 PM
That was more like five years ago wasn't it?