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Old 08-12-09, 06:20 PM   #26
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yea there called rock bass here in TX too.....i caught a tiny one not too long myself on a little wake spinner.......

thats a little fattie he caught there....nice looking fish
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Old 08-12-09, 06:48 PM   #27
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Not once has one ever stripped line off my reel, that's what I consider a fight. I am using light tackle too most of the time I catch them, 6' 9'' ML rod, XF tip, 8# test.
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Not once has one ever stripped line off my reel, that's what I consider a fight. I am using light tackle too most of the time I catch them, 6' 9'' ML rod, XF tip, 8# test.
How many bluegills have stripped line off your reel?
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Old 08-12-09, 07:18 PM   #29
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None, I dont consider them a good fight either. Actually there are no bluegills here, just pumpkinseed sunfish.
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Old 08-12-09, 07:32 PM   #30
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None, I dont consider them a good fight either. Actually there are no bluegills here, just pumpkinseed sunfish.
Oddly enough, bluegills have been dubbed the best fighting freshwater fish, pound for pound
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Old 08-12-09, 07:56 PM   #31
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ehhh....pound for pound I would say smallmouths win hands down. Like I said im not catching bluegills, its pumpkinseeds so they could fight differently...but i doubt it.

What do you consider putting up a good fight?
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Old 08-12-09, 07:58 PM   #32
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None, I dont consider them a good fight either. Actually there are no bluegills here, just pumpkinseed sunfish.
Perhaps you should try some saltwater fishing like this.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J_it62G0QnA
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Old 08-12-09, 08:00 PM   #33
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ehhh....pound for pound I would say smallmouths win hands down. Like I said im not catching bluegills, its pumpkinseeds so they could fight differently...but i doubt it.

What do you consider putting up a good fight?
Haven't ever really classified it. In a nutshell, a good fight is fighting bigger than it is
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Old 08-12-09, 08:07 PM   #34
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Ha very funny. I'm sorry I just don't consider fish, that average under 1#, having the ability to put up a good fight. They don't strip line or go on runs, rarely jump, and never break your line off.

Where as the fight of a smallie consists of line stripping, long runs, aerial maneuvers, head shakes that could throw your bait, running under your boat, and taking you into cover that could break your line.
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Ha very funny. I'm sorry I just don't consider fish, that average under 1#, having the ability to put up a good fight. They don't strip line or go on runs, rarely jump, and never break your line off.

Where as the fight of a smallie consists of line stripping, long runs, aerial maneuvers, head shakes that could throw your bait, running under your boat, and taking you into cover that could break your line.


You also can't keep an 8" smallmouth
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Old 08-12-09, 08:17 PM   #36
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There are better tasting fish out there, so that doesn't concern me.
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Old 08-12-09, 08:18 PM   #37
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There are better tasting fish out there, so that doesn't concern me.
Obviously you completely missed the point
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Old 08-12-09, 08:20 PM   #38
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My bad, what was your point?
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Old 08-12-09, 08:25 PM   #39
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My bad, what was your point?
My point was the fact that there are huge differences in size between the two. They also fight differently, so claiming a rock bass or gill isn't a good fighter because of what a smallmouth can do holds no water.

Muskies can do a lot of things a smallmouth can't, doesn't mean a smallie isn't a good fighter
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Old 08-12-09, 08:47 PM   #40
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True, I see what you saying. I guess all fish put up a fight, who wouldnt if you had a hook in your cheek. Its just hard to compare between between species of different sizes, you could however compare the fight of a largemouth vs. a smallmouth.
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Old 08-12-09, 10:24 PM   #41
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I love getting an ultra lite outfit with 4lb test and go perch jerkin or catchin redeyes or any other fish. It really is relaxing and fun. They fight hard enough.
It's a great way to teach kids how to fight a fish.
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Old 08-12-09, 10:54 PM   #42
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right on lash. also catch a gill of ANY kind on a fly rod. then you get a good fight there. IN MY OPION. the only time i didn't get a good fight out of a fish with a hook in it's jaw was the one that i didn't hook. which is pretty often,lol. there i said it before ya'll could, hahahahahahaha.
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Old 08-13-09, 12:12 AM   #43
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Ha very funny. I'm sorry I just don't consider fish, that average under 1#, having the ability to put up a good fight. They don't strip line or go on runs, rarely jump, and never break your line off.

Where as the fight of a smallie consists of line stripping, long runs, aerial maneuvers, head shakes that could throw your bait, running under your boat, and taking you into cover that could break your line.

Grasshopper,

Fish have different fighting styles. Longer, slenderer fish such as pike or even smallmouth are agile enough to take it to the air and jump because mechanically, their body is more suited to that.

Look at a bluegill. Its a short, stubby, plate shaped thing. It is always at its best trying to use what power it has. And here is the problem - if it only weights 1 pound, and you weigh 200, and your line can handle 10 - its not gonna win.

It has nothing to do with the quality of the fight, its just mechanics. Like if you were 500 pounds and hooked a 10 pound bass good on 150 lb test, if that bass doesnt throw the hook you're gonna get it.

To get a good idea of what a bluegill would fight like if it were bigger, take on a 5 pound flounder or stingray. They will pull your arm out of the socket.

Or, just try fishing for them with ultralight fly or spinning tackle.
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Old 08-13-09, 12:46 AM   #44
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Or, just try fishing for them with ultralight fly or spinning tackle.
AMEN, BRUTHAH!

Bluegill on 2lb or even 4lb test and a little 5' ultralight spinning combo is a blast!
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Old 08-13-09, 07:52 AM   #45
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AMEN, BRUTHAH!

Bluegill on 2lb or even 4lb test and a little 5' ultralight spinning combo is a blast!
That is the best way to hook a kid on fishin' take 'em to a pond full of bluegill/sunfish or what ever and let them hammer away with some worms and an ultralight rig... They'll be "hooked" for life!
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Old 08-13-09, 09:01 AM   #46
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Old 08-13-09, 05:50 PM   #47
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True, I see what you saying. I guess all fish put up a fight, who wouldnt if you had a hook in your cheek. Its just hard to compare between between species of different sizes, you could however compare the fight of a largemouth vs. a smallmouth.
Smallmouth, any day of the week!
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Agreed, hands down.
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I'm just thankful for whatever I can get to take the hook.
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I'm just thankful for whatever I can get to take the hook.
If it can keep me from getting SKUNKED, I'll take whatever He gives me.


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