1. Let the gill swim around for almost 3 hours without a hit. Was it the bait? Or no bigger bass around? ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™‚๏ธ I had the rest of the poles carried back to truck but ...more left the bobber out while I was packing. I reached down to reel it in and leave, and this guy was on the other end. SHARKY RETURNS!!!!!! But is it really SHARKY????? Crazy stats: -5 years ago Dad catches it: 27" exactly 8lbs -1 year ago Mason catches it: 29" 9lbs 1oz - I catch it today: 28" 7lbs 10oz Soooo, can a catfish shrink? I mean, really, what are the odds there are TWO sharky cats in this pond???????? Slim to None!!!!!!๐Ÿคทโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™‚๏ธ

    7 lb. 10 oz. 28.0 in. Channel Catfish with a Live Bluegill

    1. Thanks Scott๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿป
    2. Real nice cat Robert.
    3. I like that better than Sharky. Thanks Capt๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿป
    4. Jaws๐Ÿฆˆ
    5. Thanks Jeff, George & Rick๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿป
    6. Bryan..... well Chris knows that all too well! ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ
    7. Rick S 0
      All nice catches!
    8. Bryan Harper 0
      Nice kitty! You do know that we humans shrink with age? ๐Ÿคฏ๐Ÿ˜œ๐Ÿค™๐Ÿป
    9. Nice ๐Ÿ‘
    10. Jeff Beers 0
      Nice catch! Crazy history behind it.
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  2. Second crappie only produced a small bass. Put out a bluegill while casting the plastic worm. This guy popped it on the first cast.

    2 lb. 9 oz. Largemouth Bass with a Blk/Gld Culprit plastic worm

    1. Lol, maybe for Chris, not me Morris๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜†
    2. get the net๐Ÿคฃ
    3. Thanks guys๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿป
    4. Bryan Harper 0
      Keep โ€˜โ€˜em coming brother!๐Ÿค™๐Ÿป
    5. Nice ๐Ÿ˜Š
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  3. First hit, bobber down....... I think he's got a crappie in that belly. 20" 3lbs 13oz

    3 lb. 13 oz. 20.0 in. Largemouth Bass with a Live Crappie

    1. Thanks David๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿป
    2. nice
    3. Thanks Dave๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿป
    4. Dave Jerry 0
      nice job Robert
    5. Shroom season is over here Bryan, back to fishing๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿป
    6. Thanks George๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿป
    7. Bryan Harper 0
      Nice Largie! Good to see you back at it Robert! ๐ŸŽฃ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป
    8. Nice one โ˜๏ธ
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  4. Just for Chris! Hard time catching anything small enough for bait. Postspawn, so there were very few biting. Took a while, but managed to get a few eventually. ...more Luckily I had a couple small crappies from another pond to start with.

    Bluegill with a Nightcrawler

    1. Thanks Frank๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿป
    2. Slab!
    3. Thanks guys๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿป
    4. Bryan Harper 0
      Nice Gill! ๐ŸŽฃ๐Ÿค™
    5. Nice ๐Ÿ‘
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  5. FINALLY!!!!!!! It Begins!

    Mushrooms with a Eagle Eye

    1. Thanks B๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿป
    2. Lmao Capt ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ
    3. don't forget to do the math on my 9lbs 6oz caught on the tiny ice rod. i'm way beyond the puny 12 lbs on a regular rod club
    4. b ripoer 0
      Good eating
    5. Robert found the gingerbread house 15 minutes after he found the mushrooms ๐Ÿ„๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ
    6. Lol Bryan๐Ÿคค๐Ÿคค๐Ÿคค๐Ÿคค๐Ÿคค
    7. Bryan Harper 0
      Mmmm! Rice pilaf with some shrimp tempura and steamed vegetables๐Ÿ˜‹
    8. Woohoo Congrats Dave๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป
    9. Dave Jerry 0
      nice job Robert, got into some today myself
    10. Thank you Debbie. Next batch I am definitely having fish with them. ๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿป
    11. Ohhhh Chris..... talk to me when you're in the 12lb Club๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜
    12. can't catch fish so goes flower picking instead.... sad
    13. Those are nice sized looking shrooms Robert! Have to fry some fish up with those tasty treats!
    14. First batch of the year..... I ate them all! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ
    15. Scott S 0
      Good eating Robert, I'm jealous. I used to find those on my parents property years ago.
    16. Nice ๐Ÿ‘
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  6. Had 2 runs with the live gill. First one dropped it, but not the second one. He had quite the battle scar from hitting something.

    7 lb. 9 oz. Channel Catfish with a Live Bluegill

    1. Thanks Lance๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿป
    2. Lance Spencer 0
      Great catch!
    3. Thank you Stan! ๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿป
    4. Stan Halulko 0
      Very nice!
    5. Thank you Brother๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿป
    6. Nice one brother๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿป
    7. Ray: turned it lose to battle another day. This pond has a healthy balance. Didn't want to disrupt that.
    8. Thanks Bryan ๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿป
    9. Are you going to eat that one?
    10. Are you going to eat that one?
    11. Bryan Harper 0
      Nice bruiser! Donโ€™t you just feel bad when you either catch a battle scarred warrior like that or a fish thatโ€™s malnourished? ๐Ÿ˜œ
      One the fattest pig Trout that ...more Iโ€™ve caught had a horrible mangled gill plate but that didnโ€™t stop it from eating! Nice work Robert๐Ÿค™๐ŸŽฃ๐Ÿป
    12. Lmao Morris! It's a dog eat.... ๐Ÿ˜cat world out there! ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜†
    13. Thanks Rick and Chad๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿป
    14. Robert bites them when his net is too small๐Ÿ˜†
    15. Chad Jaco 0
      Nice catch Robert!!๐ŸŽฃ
    16. Rick S 0
      Big kitty!
    17. Thanks George๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿป
    18. Lol Tim! That's how he came out of the water.
    19. Nice one โ˜๏ธ
    20. Tim Crowley 0
      Nice! Sure you didnโ€™t use a baseball bat to help land him?
    21. There's bigger in there Capt.,... next time! ๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿป
    22. big Kitty
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  7. Headed to a farm pond this morning. Had a hard time catching gills small enough for bait. Finally found some on crawler, but these things were hitting a 3" ...more grub.

    Bluegill with a Berkley PowerBait 3 in. Ribbontail Grubs

    1. That they do Scott๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿป
    2. A pail full of those makes an awesome fish fry.
    3. Thanks Josh & John๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿป
    4. john stimson 0
    5. SLABS ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿป
    6. Thanks Bryan๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿป
    7. Bryan Harper 0
      Beautiful Gills!๐ŸŽฃ๐Ÿป๐Ÿค™
    8. Thanks Rick๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿป
    9. Rick S 0
      Huge bluegill
    10. Thanks guys๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿป
    11. David Thering 0
    12. Big one โ˜๏ธ
    13. Tim Crowley 0
      Nice problem to have.
    14. bluegill filets
    15. bluegill filets
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  8. Just for you Morris! Found a rod and reel laying on the boat at the pond. Needless to say, they weren't hitting the topwater plugs today! ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ

    Largemouth Bass with a Topwater

    1. nope!!!!!๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
    2. Tim Crowley 0
      Always worthwhile throwing a topwater! We are truly addicted.
    3. George Horvath 0
      Drill a hole
    4. Bryan Harper 0
    5. ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ Nice farm Robert!
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  9. Nephew, myself, and his son went to a farm pond this morning and got into some nice Crappies, Bass and Gills. We each got a nice mess of fish to clean.

    13.0 in. Black Crappie with a waxworm

    1. Robert Coleman 0
      Thanks Dave๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿป
    2. Dave Jerry 0
      Very nice Robert no ice here in Kentucky, going to get the boat ready, good fishing to all
    3. Robert Coleman 0
      Thanks George & Tim๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿป
    4. Tim Crowley 0
      Farm ponds are heaven.
    5. George Horvath 0
      Big one โ˜๏ธ
    6. Robert Coleman 0
      Thanks Brother๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿป
    7. Bryan Harper 0
      Nice Slabs! ๐ŸŽฃ๐Ÿค™๐Ÿป
    8. Robert Coleman 0
      Thanks Scott๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿป
    9. Nice work Robert.
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  10. Nephew and I got a couple JUMBOS. Mine came in at 14", and Mike's was 13.5". Pretty sure his weighed more, as you can tell by the gut on it. Quite ...more possibly the best ice fishing trip we've had. Now to get Morris up here to give this ice thing a try! ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ

    14.0 in. Yellow Perch with a waxworm

    1. Nathan: Tiny spoon and a waxworm.
    2. what bait did you use
    3. Thanks Nathan ๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿป
    4. like the perch
    5. Robert Coleman 0
      Thanks Stan๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿป
    6. Stan Halulko 0
      Some good eating, nice job,
    7. Robert Coleman 0
      Thanks Tim & Robert๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿป
    8. Robert Salmons 0
    9. Tim Crowley 0
      Good ones!
    10. Robert Coleman 0
      Thanks Dave๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿป
    11. Robert Coleman 0
      No sign of any of them Bryan. Well, I guess we all did catch at least one Walleye, but no size. ๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿป
    12. Dave Jerry 0
      nice job Robert, love to catch jumbos
    13. Bryan Harper 0
      Nice sized perch! Whereโ€™s the Pike,Walleye,and Smallies! Iโ€™ve been wanting to hit those NE South Dakota lakes for years!!! ๐ŸŽฃ๐Ÿค™๐Ÿป
    14. Robert Coleman 0
      BAHAHAHA, oh I knew what you were referring to Scott! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
    15. Scott S 0
      Couple of studs.....the Perch that is....lol
    16. George Horvath 0
    17. Robert Coleman 0
      Thanks George
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I live in Iowa City, IA. Love to fish for anything that swims! Have the Iowa River close by and lots of farm ponds. Travel north every year ...more for ice fishing trip and once during the summer. Can't wait to try deep sea fishing and notch that one off of my bucket list.

Fishing Favorites

  • Species Smallmouth, Largemouth, Walleyes
  • Waterway Wherever there is water!
  • Lure Crankbaits, plastics and live bait