Post By: Milehighfishing Posted: 6/14/2012 8:31:06 AM Points: 190
Haven't been able to get on the water for the last 3 weeks, which is a shame since I live less than 5 miles away from Chatty. Tonight though I was given a chance to run down to Chatty with the Kayak for a quick 2 1/2 hours of fishing. I was on the water at 6:45 and landed two eyes before 7:15, first one came in at 15", the second at 19". Fished until 9:15 with a total of 6 fished landed. I was trolling one line with night crawlers the other I tried a 5" trigger x leech (worthless), all my fish came on the night crawlers. Maybe I wasn't tolling the leech correctly... ?
Out of the 6 fish landed, 5 were eyes and one surprise. I grew up in the Midwest fishing small ponds catching panfish and bass until I graduated from college and moved out here in 2001. I don't believe in the last 10 years of living out here that I've caught a bluegill (never really fished for them). I broke my gill drought though as my 5th fish was a healthy 8" gill. Surprised the heck out of me and kinda reminded me of my old haunts picking up hand sized gills with bobbers and worms.
Reply by: FishWhacked Posted: 6/14/2012 9:27:03 AM Points: 168
Nice, man! I also grew up fishing for panfish in the midwest and still love the fight of a gill no matter the size. They're in there but tough to locate consistently. Mostly on the south end of the N/S running road or the west side of the E/W road.
As for rigging leaches, I've had great luck with them while slow bottom bouncing a lindy rig. Worms definitely got some but leeches brought the bigger fish. I noticed I'd get more bites by making sure the leech was hooked only once in the head allowing the body to slowly roll...kinda like the 1/3 worm piece does on the same rig. Also, while the leech was alive, it would swim giving the walleye fits! They couldn't help but bite. Happy fishing out there!