My granddaughter, Zoe, and I caught over 36 bluegills. They were 9-11 inches in size. Amazingly the best and really only place to fish was off of the dock. The fish came in at about 7:30 in the evening and were biting until 9 pm. I caught 9 largemouth bass this way but they were only 10-13 inches. Michigan requires bass to be 14 inches in length. Riley took me out in the boat but other than two largemouth that were of the same size as those caught from the dock there was no action.
I used two presentations. One was a basic crappie rig. The other was a number six or eight hook under a pencil bobber. For most of the week, I used nightcrawlers and pieces of them. After going to a local bait shop on Wednesday which was our stormy day, I learned that wax worms was the real item. I bought one container and I should have purchased two. The gills could not grab them fast enough. Zoe and I ran out of them. We then went to very small pieces of nightcrawler that were the size of the wax worms. That worked until dark. While we had more throw backs with these grubs, the action was fast and fun.
Here are a few pictures. Unfortunately De did not get any of Zoe fishing.
Holy Mackerel, How did this post hide from everybody for so long?
9 - 11" bluegills are a good size. I bet those gills gave you and Zoe a good fight, especially when they turn sideways. That pot of cleaned bluegill sides looks like good dinners to me and catching 36 of them had to give you more than a few good dinners.
If I remember right, bass only had to be 10" to keep when I fished for them, but then I have not fished in 40 years.WOW! I can't believe it's been 40 years. Time sure flies
How old are Zoe and Riley?
De takes nice pictures. Just missing Zoe and Riley.
What lake were you on?