San Vicente April 4th.

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  1. Fishbreath

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    I was inspired by Queue 's panfish post and decided to give it a try myself. It's April, so they must be biting. Right? Well it turned out to be a tough morning for me. I tried three areas where I usually do well this time of year with no luck. I did catch a bass that was about three pounds, but that was it for the bass, which can sometimes be a nuisance when you are fishing for panfish. Finally, I metered some suspended fish and gave them a try. They were from 7 to 10 feet deep over about 30 feet of water. They turned out to be nice bluegill, no monsters but good quality. No redear bit today at all. After a while the overcast broke and the sun came out. That was the end of it. I had hoped maybe they had just moved deeper, but that did not work. Here are a couple that were invited home for supper. They made the cut by coming in just under 12 inches. In my estimation bluegill over 12 inches are trophy size, and I like to release them for someone else to get the thrill of caching one that big.

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  2. String bean

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    those are beautiful humpies, right there.
    my ole buddy (Justin Wilson ) would say I Guarantee.
     
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    I've heard big bluegill be called "stump knockers" before , it has a nice ring to it.
     
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    American Fisheries Society agrees with your assessment of a trophy bluegill. It’s early still, they’ll be up more soon.
     
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    Just yesterday I was thinking about you and those gills!
     
  6. Fishbreath

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    I'll be 80 this year, so I know I have more fishing days behind me than ahead. I just find at this stage of my life a nice day on the lake fishing for panfish suits me fine. By the way, if anyone is interested, both of those I kept yesterday were males.

    Edit: I should probably say a nice half day on the lake. I don't do full days any longer.
     
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    Nice to see you back in action Larry! Can't wait for you to get into those HUGE Redears!

    I took Maurice out to Hodges a few weeks back and he asked about you!
     
  8. Fishbreath

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    Hi, Roy. Next time you see Maurice tell him I said hello. I'm going to keep going as long as I can. San Vicente is a long drive for me, but it is a nice facility for a single boater, and I'm not bashful about asking for a ride up that long steep ramp. Redears are still out there, and I am confident I will get my share. That 3lb 2oz one I caught last year will be a new lake record this year, and I know where he lives.

    What does a 3lb 2oz redear look like you ask. Just so happens I have a picture of one.
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  9. Str8t Slabaronies

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    That redear is HUGE!!! I will try "again" to get the kids on some. Didn't make it out to San V last year but I want them to experience the fight they give for sure!
     
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