Thursday, July 23, 2015
Big Bluegill on a Crank
Just a quickie post. I was on my way home from work when I stopped to do a little fishing in a pond I have ice fished. Since I've drilled it full of holes and measured depth several years in a row I knew the area I was throwing my lure in was 3-4 feet, sometimes shallower than that. I had a 3/4oz Bass Pro Shops XPS Lazer-Eye EGG crankbait tied on from my last time out. This crank can dive about a foot deep if I start my retrieve with my rod tip down or waggle back and forth like a wake-bait on the surface if I have my rod tip up.
I had my rod tip down so the lure was at a foot or a little deeper. I say a little deeper because I had 8# fluorocarbon line on and fluoro sinks. My crank was halfway back to the shore and still running below the surface when my rod bent and I instinctively swept the rod to the side to set the hook. As I reeled the fish in I figured I had a small bass eat my crankbait. That can happen and the fish that wiggled when I hooked it kept still while I wound it in. When I got it near the shore I realized I was going to get to add to my "on a Crank" series of blog posts. I caught a Big Bluegill, fair hooked in the mouth, on a big BPS EGG crankbait!
That's why I keep a rod in the car. If I've got some time I need to wait anywhere I can find some water and go fish it. If I'm near water I know I can stop and wet a line. I caught several largemouth this outing as well but none were very big. What I got was a chance to catch another species in a new way. I've caught big bluegills before, but this was my first Big Bluegill on a Crank.