Blue Gill have become such a major topic on this forum, and especially with the recent article in PB magazine, I have realized a new appreciation of BG.
I have taken them for granted previously, and considered them only as forage for predators, and still do, but now respect others view as an important sport and trophy fish.
Thanks to Bill Cody, early on for assistance in BG ID, and more recently involvement with Todd Overton’s approach to preserving “pure” CNBG genetics, a new appreciation has developed.
I confess I am guilty for taking them for granted since we routinely catch 8-10 inch CNBG.
I have absolutely no interest n attempting to grow a “record” BG, but have the greatest respect for those that have that goal.
The most fun I have is teaching a youngster, (or older in some cases) to fly fish for BG.
I make it easy – in front of the feeder with pellet flies…..
But in the final analysis, they remain the backbone forage fish for our ponds.
I agree with Todd – when you can grow BG this size and aggressive, why would HBG be an option?