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River: Brazos River (Lk Whitney to Waco)
Fish: Bluegill


Post By: Lloyd Tackitt      Posted: 7/6/2018 9:55:53 PM     Points: 18748    
I've caught bigger ones, caught them up to 12 inches in the river, but this fella was fat, and a fat fish is a rare thing in the river. The current has been slow for a good while and the river is just bursting with food, so I can see why.

This is a 10.5 inch bluegill, a fat one. For a moment I thought I'd caught a crappie. I'll take these all day long. For a sense of scale the reel is 2.5 inches in diameter.

 Reply by: Flyrodn      Posted: 7/7/2018 9:06:52 PM     Points: 184622
Nice fish. As another reference most fly rod handle and reel seats together measure about 10 inches. I typically use that as a gauge to measure my fish and in others pictures to add a bit of realism to their guestimates of length.

 Reply by: Lloyd Tackitt      Posted: 7/7/2018 9:37:42 PM     Points: 18748
Mine is 10.5 inches from but to tip of the cork, measured it a long time ago to check fish with. Recently I began carrying a cloth tape measure and checked this bluegill. I didn't think to check his girth, but he was a fatty.