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Fishnoob
02-23-2009, 12:17 AM
Hello all - new to forum.

I'm a bit confused. I just moved to western TN. and when I ask people a good place to fish BlueGill, they all look at me funny?

So down here should I say "crappie?"

I fished a bit as a youngster and now being 39 I want to start again. Been so long I probably forgot even how to fish. Not only that, but being from Michigan, I am used to fishing BlueGill and Perch in much larger lakes.

Here in Western, TN. what they call a Lake, I thought was a small pond.
Can BlueGill (I mean Crappie even be caught in these tiny lakes down here?)

To me a 400 Acre lake seems too small to even support a good Pan fish that is large enought to eat.

I honestly like eating them as much as the catching part.

I'm just overwhelmed, because I don't know how to fish these small ponds. I'm 3 hours away from what I would call a good size lake. Too far for me to drive.

Any advice for a noob is appriciated.

beenfishin?
02-23-2009, 12:30 AM
That's allright! All yanks is confused!:) Naw, Bluegill are bream. Crappie are, well, crappie! Do you want to fish for bluegill... http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u54/blw270/bream005.jpg or Crappie?

http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u54/blw270/fish1-2-8003.jpg

Arkie John
02-23-2009, 12:47 AM
Google is your friend.

If you persist, you will get used to fishing our 'ponds.'

aj

Fishnoob
02-23-2009, 01:11 AM
Oh I see, so Briem is the same as BlueGill, but Crappie are totally different?

I have never eaten Crappie. Love BlueGill. How are Crappie to eat?

Also, Is there a way to fish for both when out fishing. You know what I mean? I'm confused on how to set your line and area for Briem vs catching Crappie.

I want to go next weekend, but I suppose it would be too cold for the fish to bite.

I guess what Arkie must be saying is that you can still catch good size pan fish in the small lakes down here in the south. Do you calll them lakes or ponds here?

There is one fair size body of water a few miles from me that rents small boats. It not a bad size lake and looks clean. Perhaps I will try fishing there.

GRIZZ
02-23-2009, 01:25 AM
From one Yankee who likes TN to another. Your going to have to learn the fishing language down there, but its not to hard. A crappie is a crappie is a crappie unless it's a sac-a-lait, but your to far north for that or a speck, but your too far north for that too, but they are all still crappie. Well, unless its a white crappie or a black crappie or a black nosed crappie or a hybrid crappie or a strawberry crappie, but I won't go there. Now a sunny or a sunfish or a bluegill in TN is a brim or bream, but they are still sunfish. I'll give some links to pictures later. Your going to hear a lot about rockfish and stripes. A rockfish is a striped bass and a stripe is a white bass.

The biggest problem is knowing what letters in the words they leave out there. You'll soon know what I mean. Then you need to stick to your northern guns and keep saying crappie properly. Down there they insist on saying craw-pee instead of the properly pronounced but unfortunately associated crap-ee. They can scream the F, D, GD and S words at the top of their lungs when their craw-pies get off their hooks, but heaven forbid someone dares to say crap-ee. Oh.. and they call minnows - minners. That's all I can remember right now.

Did I miss any of your weird TN fish names guys? Despite all the weird ways they say things though, people in TN are the friendliest, kindest, most generous and fun people you can meet. I love being there and can't wait to get back.

Here is my advice, well its what I do, but I'm kinda hard to get along with. Learn the fishes real names and use them. Here's a list. Fishes of Tennessee - Reservoir and Big River Fish of Tennessee - Jim Negus (http://www.tnfish.org/PhotoGalleryFish_TWRA/FishPhotoGallery_TWRA/TWRAFishPhotoGallery.htm)

luvjign
02-23-2009, 07:00 AM
From one Yankee who likes TN to another. Your going to have to learn the fishing language down there, but its not to hard. A crappie is a crappie is a crappie unless it's a sac-a-lait, but your to far north for that or a speck, but your too far north for that too, but they are all still crappie. Well, unless its a white crappie or a black crappie or a black nosed crappie or a hybrid crappie or a strawberry crappie, but I won't go there. Now a sunny or a sunfish or a bluegill in TN is a brim or bream, but they are still sunfish. I'll give some links to pictures later. Your going to hear a lot about rockfish and stripes. A rockfish is a striped bass and a stripe is a white bass.

The biggest problem is knowing what letters in the words they leave out there. You'll soon know what I mean. Then you need to stick to your northern guns and keep saying crappie properly. Down there they insist on saying craw-pee instead of the properly pronounced but unfortunately associated crap-ee. They can scream the F, D, GD and S words at the top of their lungs when their craw-pies get off their hooks, but heaven forbid someone dares to say crap-ee. Oh.. and they call minnows - minners. That's all I can remember right now.

Did I miss any of your weird TN fish names guys? Despite all the weird ways they say things though, people in TN are the friendliest, kindest, most generous and fun people you can meet. I love being there and can't wait to get back.

Here is my advice, well its what I do, but I'm kinda hard to get along with. Learn the fishes real names and use them. Here's a list. Fishes of Tennessee - Reservoir and Big River Fish of Tennessee - Jim Negus (http://www.tnfish.org/PhotoGalleryFish_TWRA/FishPhotoGallery_TWRA/TWRAFishPhotoGallery.htm)Purdy good synopsis, GRIZZ. The main two are:
Drop the "g" in words that end in "ing" (it's a waste).............and don't add "s" to the end of "crappie". (This gets more important the further south you go).:)

SweetHomeAlabama
02-23-2009, 09:23 AM
Fishnoob,

If somebody tells you the milk is "rurnt", don't drink it. :D

fatboy
02-23-2009, 09:30 AM
weird???????? Hmmmm, kinda like ice fishing and taking pics of snow drifts several feet high is weird to me. Glad to have ya noob and welcome to the South. Grizz, you are welcome down here anytime. FATBOY

waterboy1
02-23-2009, 09:56 AM
Fishnoob, Although its harder this time of year, both types of fish can be caught. Although a bream will hit a minnow, he is more likely to hit a worm, spike (maggot), wax worm (waxie), or cricket, or bug looking jig. Crappie are more likely to hit minnows, or jigs, but will also hit a waxie or cricket. Styles of fishing can be similar, ie slip floats, light rods etc. Both fish seem to like similar habitat, stumps, fallen trees, rocks, docks, etc. Don't be surprised also if you catch a catfish or two. The lakes here can be plenty big. Used to fish a 6 acre lake in northern Indiana all the time, pulled hundreds of gills from it, but it can depend on the fishing pressure the lake receives. Good luck

Minus 1
02-23-2009, 09:57 AM
There is a nice lake up in the NW corner of Tenn. Got a lot of cypress trees in it. Full of big bream and crappies . Been going there for over 40 yrs. Can't remember the name of it tho..:p

DRPEPPER
02-23-2009, 11:06 AM
I did a tour of duty in Pittsburgh about a dozen years ago. I had an awful time ordering a "bloney" sandwich. They call baloney "Jumbo" up there. I never did ask why. Also, when you order a "Coke", here in the south, you will be asked what kind of Coke do you want. Along with the brand name Coke, you might be asking for an RC, Pepsi, or even Dr Pepper!!
I am glad for you that you didn't land in Texas. Then you have to learn about fishing in a tank too. I fished in tanks the whole time I was being "raised".
DP

FisherMike
02-23-2009, 11:13 AM
I sure can't ad anyting to this thread.
Especially from being from Michigan myself.
Welcome to the board.

jaxsprat
02-23-2009, 11:35 AM
To GRIZZ great post no way to add as U said it all from a confused northern IL person. I can pronounce them, I can fish them, just have trouble catching them...:)

skiptomylu
02-23-2009, 11:40 AM
This is a very funny thread so thanks to all as it made my mornin'. Just thought I would throw that word change in too. The language down here is not like up North and actually thank goodness for the difference.

We grew up calling them White Perch in SE Texas for the most part, but crappie has kind of taken over.

Anyway...

24939 From Toledo Bend Texas!

Skip

i-catch-cartags
02-23-2009, 11:54 AM
fishnoob this is a easy one!! You can catch both species in the very same (small pond) All you have to do is just wait for the (TIDE) to come in....:eek: Hope this helps :D By the way welcome to "tha" fourm.

GRIZZ
02-23-2009, 02:24 PM
I forgot to mention to stop by the TN forum here at CC. They are a good bunch and you will run into a more concentrated group of folks from your new home state to get info from.

Tennessee Crappie Fishing - Crappie.com (http://www.crappie.com/crappie/tennessee-crappie-fishing/)

PawPaw "gene"
02-23-2009, 04:58 PM
Fishnoob, if you think the ponds are small in TN you should see what we fish in down south. But north or south, big or little, large fish or small fish we are gathered to share our fishing experiences. So I welcome you from the state of confusion, I mean Louisiana. Hope you enjoy the site and pass along some of your wisdom and you get to use some of ours.

"gene"

yankee doodler
02-23-2009, 05:02 PM
Fishnoob,

If somebody tells you the milk is "rurnt", don't drink it. :D

and if they say they "reckon" it's "rurnt", still don't drink it. By the way, good to see somebody else in this "state on a downward sprial" got a lick o sense and moved to part of God's country. Save me a seat.

foul hook
02-23-2009, 05:23 PM
Testy testy! dont get your feathers all ruffled there Yank. Didnt realize that you might be so sensitive. Just a little informative southern humor. I have several good Yank friends. Mater of fact my son is a Yank and there was nothing that I could do about that, but God is working with him every chance he gets. I hope that you didnt get so excited that you didnt get the part about Cane Pole. That old boy can catch a fish, and he is more your age. For the record, I was in combat when you were in dipers and dont ever doubt my heritage. Lets shake hands Yank, who knows i might turn out to be your best friend.

cityboy
02-23-2009, 05:59 PM
Hello all - new to forum.

I'm a bit confused. I just moved to western TN. and when I ask people a good place to fish BlueGill, they all look at me funny?

So down here should I say "crappie?"

I fished a bit as a youngster and now being 39 I want to start again. Been so long I probably forgot even how to fish. Not only that, but being from Michigan, I am used to fishing BlueGill and Perch in much larger lakes.

Here in Western, TN. what they call a Lake, I thought was a small pond.
Can BlueGill (I mean Crappie even be caught in these tiny lakes down here?)

To me a 400 Acre lake seems too small to even support a good Pan fish that is large enought to eat.

I honestly like eating them as much as the catching part.

I'm just overwhelmed, because I don't know how to fish these small ponds. I'm 3 hours away from what I would call a good size lake. Too far for me to drive.

Any advice for a noob is appriciated.

ok so it's like this , i was a yank to!!! breem? wth is a breem? come to find it is a bluegill/ pumpkin seed/ shellcracker/ sunfish/red ear /orange belly all in the breem catorory.

wishtofish
02-23-2009, 05:59 PM
Testy testy! dont get your feathers all ruffled there Yank. Didnt realize that you might be so sensitive. Just a little informative southern humor. I have several good Yank friends. Mater of fact my son is a Yank and there was nothing that I could do about that, but God is working with him every chance he gets. I hope that you didnt get so excited that you didnt get the part about Cane Pole. That old boy can catch a fish, and he is more your age. For the record, I was in combat when you were in dipers and dont ever doubt my heritage. Lets shake hands Yank, who knows i might turn out to be your best friend.

Glad you got out of your "foul" mood! I must admit I took a little offense myself over your not so hospitable post. I have been a transplant (Yankee) for more many years, and there are many others. There's a ton that wish they could move south but cant, but they do come down when they can, and the local lodges, bait shops and Chamber of Commerces welcome them with open arms.

Kman
02-23-2009, 06:18 PM
No one asked for this, but Im givin it anyway.:D

Being "Southern" is something hard to explain to someone that aint. Don't make us better, but we think it does.:D You just don't see people "overly proud" to be from the north. Or at least they don't have bumper stickers that say so.:D

We don't mean to come off strong, but we do get tired of turning on the TV to watch our heritage and beliefs get SMASHED into unimportant, ignorant, backward, racist, rhetoric, by the media. (New York, and California) Now, they may not represent the "north" and the good folks I know that live north of that Mason Dixon Line....BUT THEY AINT THE SOUTH EITHER BROTHER!

It would take me 2 days to write what I feel the south means to us, and maybe I should one day, not the time or place. But I understand bein a bit "jumpy". We still smell the powder burnin and probably always will. (who can tell me where that line came from?)

Now, rude aint good either, southern hospitality is much better.;)

I travel a lot and spend a lot of time up north. I have family, friends, places I LOVE to hunt and fish there, and all, but I am sorry to say.....

It aint dixie.:p

I realize that tones of voice and facial expressions are not part of internet chat rooms, so in light of that, I am smiling and laughing as I write this. No harm intended, just good ol fashion southern ribbin!

foul hook
02-23-2009, 06:21 PM
I really didnt think you people were so thin skin. was it the D part or the Y part that got you so upset? I promise to do better in the future. My fishing partner guides our northern neighbors on occasion. He has checked me on several occasions. I have never met a Northern person that didnt like me B4 the day was over. If that little post bothered you guys you really wouldnt like my Yankee jokes. The war has been over for several years, so come on down and lets do some stump juice or a Bullet and catch a fish . On me. That is the best that I am going to do!

foul hook
02-23-2009, 06:32 PM
Skiptomolu, I see your battle ribbon. I assume that was AFVN in the 60 s . Looks like I have started Tet Offensive. Call in the Artillery i need some help! Air strike will help.

foul hook
02-23-2009, 06:40 PM
wishtofish, I understand the White river in your area has some great trout fishing. Do you have any crappie, white perch, or specs in your home waters? I want to see your wonderful state some day, B4 long. I have got to go back and correct my spelling B4 those D/Y get excited about my spelling.

LipJerker
02-23-2009, 07:03 PM
Welcome fishnoob, Hope you are finding your way around by now. I am still learning myself. Come on over to the tennesse board sometime and check it out. There is a good group of guys over there that are willing to help out. All the information they have given me has been very helpful.

This has been an interesting thread to read. I guess it doesn't matter where you are from everybody does and thinks differently.

Reckon how there got to be so many different English languages?

PawPaw "gene"
02-23-2009, 07:08 PM
Glad to come back to this thread and see the war hasn't started again and we have laid aside our arms (not giving them up thou). Fishnoob, rest assured you're in good company.

"gene"

wishtofish
02-23-2009, 07:09 PM
I really didnt think you people were so thin skin. was it the D part or the Y part that got you so upset? I promise to do better in the future. My fishing partner guides our northern neighbors on occasion. He has checked me on several occasions. I have never met a Northern person that didnt like me B4 the day was over. If that little post bothered you guys you really wouldnt like my Yankee jokes. The war has been over for several years, so come on down and lets do some stump juice or a Bullet and catch a fish . On me. That is the best that I am going to do!

foul hook;
No animosity from me. Takes a lot to get me riled and that really didnt bother ME that much, I just had to stick up for the new guy. Been there a looong time ago. The bad part is I will always be a DY-nothing I can do about it, is there, maybe a time limit or a class I can take? Moving is not an option!(That should keep the replys down!)
If the situation arose, I would love to take you up on the stump juice & fishing offer AND, I would like to hear some good Yankee jokes-(I mean Yankee jokes. Dont know if there is a "good" Yankee-except maybe Cane Pole's neighbors.

wishtofish
02-23-2009, 07:14 PM
wishtofish, I understand the White river in your area has some great trout fishing. Do you have any crappie, white perch, or specs in your home waters? I want to see your wonderful state some day, B4 long. I have got to go back and correct my spelling B4 those D/Y get excited about my spelling.

If you like to trout fish, the White and Little Red are the places to go. As for Crappie, check the Arkansas board and see why I may find it hard to venture anywhere else!

foul hook
02-23-2009, 08:16 PM
Well I guess the battle is over. The war rages on! Yall be back tomorrow at the same time to witness the blud, guts and gore . Who started this crap anyway? Had to be a DY!

catch fillet
02-23-2009, 08:34 PM
Dont worry hook,ol Smittys got yur back

foul hook
02-23-2009, 08:44 PM
Hey Smitty where you at? I got in a heap of trouble over here. I dont need Smitty! I need THe Crappie Guy!

GRIZZ
02-23-2009, 09:05 PM
People simply need to learn the difference between good natured teasing and insults. On the receiving end people need to consider the source and be mature about it. Its not a complex issue. Treat other how you want to be treated, and yes I'm a Yankee, a considerate one. We do exist, just like rude rednecks exist. Each person no matter where he or she is from is responsible for what they type or what comes out of their mouth. That being said there is no shortage of people who engage their tongues before their brains in both the north and the south. I just prefer to converse with people who exercise their gray matter before they exercise their mouths.

beenfishin?
02-23-2009, 09:16 PM
Well, I'm not young first off, Unless you consider 39 years old young, if so then you must be old. LOL!

I actually posted simply because I had questions about fishing small ponds down where I now live. I am used to fishing the Great Lakes and other Large bodies of water, so I was confused when I saw people here fishing small ponds. Wasn't sure if good size Sunfish fish could be pulled from them. (Not a Catfish fan)
Humm, I guess that makes me more of a Southerner than you my friend.

No need to hate. Last time I checked this was an open forum, so Relax Skeeter, I'm not hurtin no one.

Sheesh! Talk about a douch bag.

Don't worry none bout foul mood--I mean hook. He's from GA and they still ain't got over ole Sherman.:D Anyway, your in north west tn so your still a dern yankee to me:D. Welcome, and them pics I posted for you to see was of fish caught in a 4 acre pond; so yes, you can catch some gooduns in small water.

foul hook
02-23-2009, 09:27 PM
GRIZZ, this was put to sleep over an hour ago.

GRIZZ
02-23-2009, 09:45 PM
I'm a slow ornry Yankee. So there. :p

mike_3720
02-23-2009, 09:47 PM
Grizz, rednecks are everywhere, they aren't limited to just the South.

GRIZZ
02-23-2009, 09:54 PM
Oh thats for sure. I live square in the middle of NY redneck country. Sounds weird doesn't it? Kinda like wearin sandals and cut off jeans with a pin stripe suit.

foul hook
02-23-2009, 09:59 PM
Slow is good GRIZZ. I love ORNERY!

GRIZZ
02-23-2009, 10:06 PM
Slow is good GRIZZ. I love ORNERY!

Then we should get along famously. GRIZZ punches Foul in the nose. :D

Fishnoob
02-23-2009, 11:21 PM
No one asked for this, but Im givin it anyway.:D

Being "Southern" is something hard to explain to someone that aint. Don't make us better, but we think it does.:D You just don't see people "overly proud" to be from the north. Or at least they don't have bumper stickers that say so.:D

We don't mean to come off strong, but we do get tired of turning on the TV to watch our heritage and beliefs get SMASHED into unimportant, ignorant, backward, racist, rhetoric, by the media. (New York, and California) Now, they may not represent the "north" and the good folks I know that live north of that Mason Dixon Line....BUT THEY AINT THE SOUTH EITHER BROTHER!

It would take me 2 days to write what I feel the south means to us, and maybe I should one day, not the time or place. But I understand bein a bit "jumpy". We still smell the powder burnin and probably always will. (who can tell me where that line came from?)

Now, rude aint good either, southern hospitality is much better.;)

I travel a lot and spend a lot of time up north. I have family, friends, places I LOVE to hunt and fish there, and all, but I am sorry to say.....

It aint dixie.:p

I realize that tones of voice and facial expressions are not part of internet chat rooms, so in light of that, I am smiling and laughing as I write this. No harm intended, just good ol fashion southern ribbin!

That's ok, "foul hook" didn't mean any harm. I understand his love for the south. Honestly a lot of places up north east are loaded with jerks, and Foul Hook probably just assumed I was one of them.

Actually the folks in Michigan are pretty nice once you get a bit north state.
Hunting and fishing are HUGE in northern Michigan and the further North in MI you go the more it's like down south. In fact people in northern MI even talk with a Southern accent.

I was just trying to get the hang of fishing smaller bodies of water. For those of you southern folks that have never been to Michigan and like to fish, I think you would enjoy it. You can't drive more than 10 miles in any direction with out hitting a large inland lake.

I wasn't trying to bash Foul Hook, just had to set him right on the fact that my family are all die hard southerners at heart because that's our roots.

I do know that at least in TX folks are seriously proud of their state. So much so that they even still consider themselves their own country. I can respect that because my brother lives in TX and he is a die hard Texan. If you even say a bad thing about TX then he wants to fight.

deathb4disco
02-23-2009, 11:26 PM
I was just trying to get the hang of fishing smaller bodies of water.


Your best friend on the site is the "Search" function. For starters, go to the top of the screen, click on Search and Advanced search. Type "pond" in the Keyword box. Then, just sit back and read.

CrappiePappy
02-24-2009, 08:58 AM
I'm glad to see ya'll got your stuff together, and put this North/South discourse behind ya ;)

I did take the liberty of removing some inflamatory posts, for the sake of keeping the forum civil and within site rules. Let's try and keep it that way.

... cp :cool:

skeetbum
02-24-2009, 10:42 AM
Welcome to the forum, Noob. Was north of the line when I was a kid, but I got south as quick as I could. Couldn't chase me back up with a big stick. Bluegill get big in ponds down here. Small pond- small fish is not the rule 'round here. Just stick around and read a bunch of these posts from different states and you'll catch on fast. No question is out of place.

GRIZZ
02-24-2009, 05:21 PM
I'm glad to see ya'll got your stuff together, and put this North/South discourse behind ya ;)

I did take the liberty of removing some inflamatory posts, for the sake of keeping the forum civil and within site rules. Let's try and keep it that way.

... cp :cool:

Thanks CP. I appreciate your diligence! Your one of the reasons this site is so great.

yankee doodler
02-24-2009, 06:26 PM
I'm glad to see ya'll got your stuff together, and put this North/South discourse behind ya ;)

I did take the liberty of removing some inflamatory posts, for the sake of keeping the forum civil and within site rules. Let's try and keep it that way.

... cp :cool:

one thing we all agree on is its' better to be fishin' and on that note for you northern Michiganders (yoopers) "Keep the line tight, eh", and for you good ole' southern boys. "Keep the line tight, ya'll.

danny
02-24-2009, 08:42 PM
Noob welcome from Middle Tennessee.

foul hook
02-25-2009, 09:27 AM
Fishnoob, i think that you and I should have the last word on this. I understood fully where you were comming from, and i think that you understood me. No malice intent. For those that took offense I do apologize. Now with all that said. How many of you really know where the term RED NECK came from? Hey GRIZZ, I would really like to hear yout take on this.

Kman
02-25-2009, 10:32 AM
Well, I don't remember all the details, but I watched a special on the history channel and (Lord knows the media won't lie to you!:D)
but the sotry had something to do with the railroad being built through West Virginia and Kentucky. The money men behind the railroad had hired basically a militia that was forcing "something" I just can't remember on the residents and workers building the railroad. They had enough and formed their own militia and marched all the way to the railroad headquarters by the thousands. They wore red hankerchiefs on their necks to identify themselves. This group of men fought bravely but were ultimately defeated in the first battle. There are still today thousands of rounds still on that Kentucky hillside where that battle was fought. Anyway, the men that wore the hankerchiefs were called rednecks. They were "hillbillies" from Kentucky and W.Virginia and the heart of the south as it is thought of today. The term redneck was a prideful, respectful, term of endearment used to identify these men and their bravery.

wish I could remember the actual beef it was over.:mad:

Alpar
02-25-2009, 10:33 AM
Jackson Browne ?

J White
02-25-2009, 01:14 PM
Don't matter what you call 'em, long as they got two eyes and a bunghole
they'll do to "et" :eek: :)

FisherMike
02-25-2009, 01:20 PM
It was over the union coming into mining towns.

foul hook
02-25-2009, 08:05 PM
Kman , that is close enough. Miners were trying to organize and the company was not going to have that. They brought in the National guard with automatic weapons .

JIG Gene-e
02-25-2009, 08:19 PM
Humm! And here I thought a redneck was anybody that didn't grow their hair out in the 60s.

cityboy
03-08-2009, 10:28 AM
What About The Bream Or Breem

MSHLS
03-09-2009, 11:08 AM
Had to chime in on this, though not from TN it is pronounced croppie, not crappee, crappee is what a baby does in it's diaper. Sac a lait (French for Sack of milk) is a term widely used in south Louisiana it is still a crappie whether it be white or black.

Just joking on the crappie pronunciation I hear it used both ways and know what it means. Means good eatin'. Just some advice don't go to South LA and call 'em crappee or croppee. You can get away with white perch.

Mrs. Crappie Stalker
03-09-2009, 05:57 PM
Hey fishnoob, welcome to TN. If you're in west Tenn., then you're possibly within spittin distance of us. I'm originally from Missouri and we called em bluegill too. Here in TN they're bream and you pronounce it like brim. I've been here since 1989 and I still call em bluegill.

Fishnoob
03-09-2009, 07:39 PM
Yea they call em Blue Gill up where I'm from. They can call them what they like, I just like to eat them.

Up in Michigan I used to hawl fat ones in on Lake Erie, one after the other. I'm just kind of adjusting to smaller lake fishing now, but these guys say they are there and in good numbers, so I won't give up.

Jeepster04
03-09-2009, 08:01 PM
Welcome to the board fishnoob! What part of W. TN you from? I live in Memphis and can promise you, there are some of the biggest and best fish in these parts. Don't let the size of water fool you. These fish get to feed aggressively for a much longer periods of time than they do up north and their size proves it. It seems that you are not familiar with crappie, so I would make that my first priority to catch a few and eat. I believe most on here will tell you, they are the best eating fish in freshwater. If I can help in any way, don't hesitate to pm me.