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    With all the heat we have been having I just did not want to fool with putting the boat in somewhere…yet I wanted to fish and have good probability of catching fish. Decided to bank fish off the dam at Laurel Hill Lake…turned out to be a good decision. Fished this spot a lot over the years in the summer. Stayed way too long in the heat but brought 100 bluegill to hand…the vast majority 8-8.5 inch fish. Used 3 colors Trout Magnet…Root Beer Float…..Bison, and Sow Bug…Daiwa Gekkabijin 1.5 gram jig head #8 hook. Rod used was Major Craft Fine Tail Banshee 6 foot Super Ultra Light strung up with 2.3# test Ester line. Pretty neat to stay in one place and not move and be on fish all day. This is not a bedding area..the fish move there after spawn and hang out there all summer in about 7-10 feet of water. Notice the beautiful colors on these fish. Life is good!

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    Nice. I love finding a spot where they bite good. Awesome pics.

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    Beautiful fat gills! Thanks for sharing
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    Good looking fish, it is so dang hot right now with the humidity factored in. That lake seems to be coming back healthy for the bluegill.


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    Some good looking fish . Congrat on having a great day bank fishing .
    I’m getting to where I’m enjoying bank fishing over boat fishing . A lot less hassle.
    Most of my trips are less than two hours , so it’d be too much trouble to drag out the boat .
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    Some nice ones. Wish I could find someplace to bank fish here but everything is so overgrown and things hide in there. Good way to keep after em Randy.
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    Wow, that's a lot of bream! I'd be happy with a quarter of that many in a day. I'll be looking for a spot like that on my lake.

    "Alive without breath, as cold as death; never thirsty, ever drinking, all in mail never clinking."

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    Quote Originally Posted by jawjatek View Post
    Wow, that's a lot of bream! I'd be happy with a quarter of that many in a day. I'll be looking for a spot like that on my lake.

    Joe this is a pic from the exact same spot back in 2011. This size bluegill used to be the norm at Laurel Hill. Hoping it gets back to those days.

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    Nice, Randy.

    The county guys that run the local res I fish most have been making strong efforts to improve the fishery, and the bream. They have a total of 5 feeders set up, and they throw the feed out in the warm months, but not during fishing hours ( 8 - 8 in summer). The lake is always full at a stable depth, except for rarely when they drop it to work on infrastructure. I am very happy with the size and quality of the fish, no complaints there, but rarely get into good numbers unless on a bed in spawn a few times a year. The corps lakes are too full of hair-on-fire zoomies during summer, so I avoid the big reservoirs except for daylight until 10 AM or so, when most crazies are sleeping it off.
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    Nice pics and story, Randy. GOOD looking fish. Thanks for the post and detail# on what you used.
    Bob

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