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Offline fishon35

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Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
« Reply #60 on: Feb 28, 2012, 10:04 AM »
Ohhhh, man I wish I could go back in time.  I'd take state.

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Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
« Reply #61 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.

Offline resophonic

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Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
« Reply #62 on: Feb 28, 2012, 10:56 AM »
60 degrees tommorrow in South Bend, How warm does it have to be?

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Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
« Reply #63 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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Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
« Reply #64 on: Feb 28, 2012, 01:33 PM »
Would love to know where this is at..Is it public??

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Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
« Reply #65 on: Feb 28, 2012, 01:34 PM »
Iwant to go

Offline nrthrn IN fishr

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Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
« Reply #66 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

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Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
« Reply #67 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

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Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
« Reply #68 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!!!!!!!!
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Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
« Reply #69 on: Feb 28, 2012, 03:11 PM »
Here's what a 3lb Bluegill looks like. Around 14"


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Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
« Reply #70 on: Feb 28, 2012, 03:14 PM »
yes sir u almst hit the nail on the head dmn

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Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
« Reply #71 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.

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Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
« Reply #72 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

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Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
« Reply #73 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..........

Offline fishon35

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Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
« Reply #74 on: Feb 28, 2012, 03:43 PM »
Never ate bluegill with tar on it... looks delicious!  P.S. This is a great thread!

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Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
« Reply #75 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......

Offline gruntngrin

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Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
« Reply #76 on: Feb 28, 2012, 06:05 PM »
I am waiting for my invite......

As am I

Offline nrthrn IN fishr

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Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
« Reply #77 on: Feb 28, 2012, 06:11 PM »
pm me well try to set sumthng up

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Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
« Reply #78 on: Feb 28, 2012, 06:29 PM »
Here's what a 3lb Bluegill looks like. Around 14"

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[/ 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.

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Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
« Reply #79 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.

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Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
« Reply #80 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.

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Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
« Reply #81 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.

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Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
« Reply #82 on: Feb 28, 2012, 08:49 PM »
Is it ture that the hybrid does not reproduce?

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Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
« Reply #83 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.

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Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
« Reply #84 on: Feb 28, 2012, 09:05 PM »
Here's what a 3lb Bluegill looks like. Around 14"

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Thats not a bluegill...thats a flounder.   :woot:

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Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
« Reply #85 on: Feb 29, 2012, 09:05 PM »
I happen to be close to north liberty as well, Would love to go with.

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Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
« Reply #86 on: Mar 05, 2012, 07:12 PM »
What happened? Nobody make it out to the pits?

Offline fishon35

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Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
« Reply #87 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. :'(

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Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
« Reply #88 on: Mar 05, 2012, 09:12 PM »
LMMFAO.

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Re: cant wait to get back to the gravel pits
« Reply #89 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
When hell freezes over ill ice fish there too!

 



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