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Lake: Aurora Reservoir
Fish: Bluegill

Gigi schools Teamgr3 (WHAAAAAAT) !!!!

Post By: TeamGR3      Posted: 9/17/2015 8:46:10 AM     Points: 1435    
My wife and I fished from 6PM to 715PM, last night took her to my HOT spot we caught lots of perch-to include a "MONSTER BLUEGILL" that Gigi yanked in, we thought it was a smallie or largie, but when it came up we netted the biggest bluegill I have ever witnessed, even fishing down south while at Ft. Campbell KY. The crazy part is that she caught perch 11&12"s long, she expressed that she wanted a master angler fish-she is in. Proud hubby-great time-great eats!!!!
 Reply by: TeamGR3      Posted: 9/17/2015 8:47:02 AM     Points: 1435    
few more pics...
 Reply by: sylvan      Posted: 9/17/2015 8:51:58 AM     Points: 9213    
I've fished Aurora since it opened. I've heard of fisherman catching a few small gills. Tuesday I also landed a large gill and again Wednesday another. Maybe they are beginning to take hold. According to the site they were last stocked in 2000.
 Reply by: TeamGR3      Posted: 9/17/2015 8:54:01 AM     Points: 1435    
Sylvan-when I get back from fly fishing Bozeman with my son next week I would like to meet you and possibly fish with you ATOWN, let me know if that could be possible...
 Reply by: bron      Posted: 9/17/2015 8:58:44 AM     Points: 22056    
That's a really exceptional CO gill! Nicely done!
 Reply by: Kev-o      Posted: 9/17/2015 9:33:00 AM     Points: 44306    
Very nice gill congrats!
 Reply by: Ajax5240      Posted: 9/17/2015 10:05:53 AM     Points: 24610    
That is one heck of a gill! Looks like it turned into a tasty dinner too!

Happy wife, happy life!!
 Reply by: sylvan      Posted: 9/17/2015 10:35:30 AM     Points: 9213    
TeamGR3 sounds like a great idea. We can tell old war stories I to spent time at Ft. Campbell. You can E-Mail me through my skipper page or call (Harry 720-275-0446). Good Luck and have a safe trip.
 Reply by: FISHRANGLER      Posted: 9/17/2015 10:36:11 AM     Points: 1679    
Nice fishes
Please release the gills in atown
So the will repopulate the lake
We cannot count on the cpw do to so and they play a very important roll in feeding the other fishes
If they do ever come back it will be because people are willing to release the large gills that are left in there.
I know the lake very very well and can base this off of many years of fishing the lake.
 Reply by: colorado.gemini      Posted: 9/17/2015 10:56:37 AM     Points: 0    
Got to fish for dinner huh....... so many anglers keep fish just because...... looks like your not too different
 Reply by: Goosehunter82      Posted: 9/17/2015 11:06:11 AM     Points: 35509    
Here we go....
Very nice fish btw. Thanks for always sharing your pictures.
 Reply by: TeamGR3      Posted: 9/17/2015 11:19:55 AM     Points: 1435    
Sylvan-will call when back and the keep fish(bluegill), was not aware of bluegill situation at ATOWN, will CPR them from now on-I am in agreement with letting them populate, I fished for gills in the past down south never an issue with numbers, but as stated I will release knowing now they are low numbers in there. The fish did not go to waste-we did eat it within the hour, and I have no regrets there.
 Reply by: FISHRANGLER      Posted: 9/17/2015 11:38:19 AM     Points: 1679    
Thanks team gr3
It's just a suggestion is all.
Don't Read anything into it I'm mean really how are you to know unless someone says something about it?
The lake does have low numbers, that's all I was saying. So who ever that other guy is giving you grief ?
He can pound sand

I hold the lake record there for blue gill it was released . Theres a very good story about that gill. But I have landed very large gils there. None of those got weighted.
You should have had it weighed and then you would have had the lake record. Certified scale at office.
 Reply by: TeamGR3      Posted: 9/17/2015 11:59:14 AM     Points: 1435    
Fishrangler- I am good with my taking that gil(at that time) and eating it with my family, I got what the threads have said, I am cool as ice with comments, I know some threads get heated, I do understand the importance of the population sustaining factor, it is great that it was brought to my attention, as I mentioned I never(in the past) looked a gills as a low number fish, but I too learn and listen to new ideas and suggestion... you sound like a great guy, love to meet you on the lake some time in the near future a well. And in the future I will do a bit of homework on lakes and fish stability, but I will continue to consume fish- Legally and well within the slot and number limits-no waste here.
 Reply by: bron      Posted: 9/17/2015 12:12:11 PM     Points: 22056    
From the photos you did a fine job of cooking the fish. That looks real tasty!
 Reply by: panfishin      Posted: 9/17/2015 12:54:56 PM     Points: 7460    
nice work! that's a very efficient trip!
 Reply by: Ajax5240      Posted: 9/17/2015 1:41:59 PM     Points: 24610    
GR3, next time your wife lands a big Gill like that, if you take Ranglers advice and release it.. Get her a master angler patch and certificate for it. May not be as tasty, but a reward none the less.

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I don't believe you can get one if the fish has been fried.. haha
 Reply by: D-Zilla      Posted: 9/17/2015 2:50:31 PM     Points: 1889    
I put a couple perch back into Aurora for you this morning. You can catch them later...I'd give it a couple months though, they weren't too big. Eat'n size? Yeah, but not big like some of the ones you're getting. 8" range, so maybe December or so?

You do catch a lot of fish out of those lakes, I need to borrow the Carp Guys drone and spy on you!
 Reply by: footmaster      Posted: 9/17/2015 5:27:27 PM     Points: 6    
Nice bluegill! I too am a long time fisher of Aurora and have never brought one to hand. Congrats! It's great that they're starting to take hold, but agree with Fishrangler that they're gonna need help. TeamGR3, great catch and good on you for having an open mind and a listening ear! All of us could use a little more of that. Continued success out there and keep your wife puttin' the beat on those perch! :)
 Reply by: fom      Posted: 9/17/2015 5:48:35 PM     Points: 2505    
Team, I know both Sylvan an Rangler , both are great dudes, you would enjoy both as I'm sure they would enjoy your company also. Dandy gill also'

FOM/Kev
 Reply by: SnipeHuntin      Posted: 9/17/2015 6:39:35 PM     Points: 6832    
CPW has a Kept category too. It's right on the form. That's a MA Gill and a nice one at that!
 Reply by: TeamGR3      Posted: 9/18/2015 9:05:08 AM     Points: 1435    
Thanks to all you guys- I got some great and constructive feedback, all noted, and taken to heart, when I get back from Montana next week, I will reach out to some of you guys to fish and tell war stories, and dzilla, anytime you want to hook up let me know I will humbly give you my 2 cents on some of my homework...
 Reply by: aerofanbig      Posted: 9/18/2015 10:01:49 AM     Points: 1241    
I'm kind of curious to hear from the ATown masters, your thoughts on why the gills never really took off? They seem to overpopulate and stunt in almost every other body of water they are put into. Too cold maybe? Heavy predator presence?
 Reply by: colorado.gemini      Posted: 9/18/2015 2:05:05 PM     Points: 0    
Just quit taking fish in general, do you really need food that bad or do you keep every fish you catch? Moreover, Aurora is always pressured and for those who can't travel to more exotic locations becomes the perfect place to be. A monster gill is as exciting as a 14" bow. All I see anymore is more anglers trying to fill up the stringer
 Reply by: dizzel      Posted: 9/18/2015 8:34:38 PM     Points: 21117    
Team GR3, do you mind sharing the recipe you use when you "fish fry" these tasty pan fish, im usually frying up catfish or crappie but want to try the gills, I hear they are fairly tasty.
 Reply by: TeamGR3      Posted: 9/19/2015 5:27:24 AM     Points: 1435    
recipe= sazon(wal mart& king soopers carry it) a bit of salt pepper to taste the orange comes from the sazon , cast iron skillet enough grease of choice to cover half the fish fry for 3 minutes each side don't forget cold beer!!! enjoy
 Reply by: sylvan      Posted: 9/19/2015 7:56:18 AM     Points: 9213    
Colorado.gemini its called selective harvest!
 Reply by: SnipeHuntin      Posted: 9/19/2015 8:12:25 AM     Points: 6832    
Agree on the Selective harvest.
 Reply by: Ajax5240      Posted: 9/19/2015 9:35:51 AM     Points: 24610    
Because fresh fish tastes good...
 Reply by: libster      Posted: 9/19/2015 11:44:29 AM     Points: 421    
in my update today, I posted that I caught a 9" Bluegill, because of this post I returned it to the lake. Here is a pic though.
 Reply by: fishMA      Posted: 9/19/2015 12:56:03 PM     Points: 94    
Good fish population has to do with balance in the food chain. If enough food is provided the gills will grow in numbers. With the right predators ie other warm water fish like bass or pike or selective harvest by us the population should drop and size goes up. Many colorado lakes are stuck btw cold and warm water fisheries. It takes longer for trout to even grow big enough to eat gills while a young lmb can't stay away from the gills
 Reply by: fishMA      Posted: 9/19/2015 2:11:40 PM     Points: 94    
Reality is that lots of people suck at fishing...don't catch much don't fish much and get excited to catch any fish at all. They go fishing 3 to 4 times a year and keep everything and usually don't even eat it. Overall the damage by this group of people is minimal with the exception of metro waters that get slammed when rumors about the trophy every cast start to circulate. I don't know any serious fisher people that go out 3 to 4 times a week to fill limits but they do exist and are a far greater negative impact. If you know of anyone that keeps over their possession limit in the freezer not daily bag but I am talking freezer full the cpw should be contacted to protect these fish populations
 Reply by: bron      Posted: 9/19/2015 5:08:03 PM     Points: 22056    
Limit on gills is 20. Doubt anyone is going to catch 20 eating sized gills 3-4 times a week in CO.
 Reply by: RogBow      Posted: 9/19/2015 9:46:56 PM     Points: 1420    
Gills are great, good job. There's plenty in there.

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