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Thread: Float Tubing for Panfish 2018

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    I'm getting into float tubing this coming year as it's much easier than to bring the inflatable boat especially when fishing solo. If there are any of you fisherman out there who enjoy catching panfish i.e. blue gills, redears and know a few good spots to go I'd love to meet up and fish for them. Ive fished at Perris, Lower Otay before with limited success.

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    I have fished Perris from a float tube for several years now.. Couldn't ask for a better trophy Bluegill place. Never in my life have I caught so many Bluegill over 10 inches long. Some even larger. But all the big ones get released to keep the big BG fishery going. We use a special little lure and also a special set-up for bait fishing. If they finish the work on the dam and re open the Bernasconi side, it will be really good. An easy launch (but a walk to the lake from the parking area). Fishing is slow now but will get better in the Springtime. I'd love to float tube with you sometime.

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    The other place you might consider if you don't mind the drive is Lake Barrett. (you can't keep the fish) However, it's no stop action on real nice Bluegill and Crappie. A tube launch fee is only $20 and you can hook up with other anglers. Go to SD fish forum and make some new friends. (there a lot there) Make sure you write a report with pictures. (people will find it very entertaining)

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    I was going to also mention Barrett. I've been lucky to have fished the lake a dozen times. After a morning fishing for bass, we bring out the ultralight outfits and have a blast catching some very big Bluegill. On a couple of my last few trips there, we just brought the ultralight outfits and fished for the big panfish all day! I got my largest one there..a 12 inch giant.

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    Hi fishmounter, that sounds good, I've got a older fishfinder that i'd like to try out as well. As I mentioned I could use some pointers regarding lures,
    techniques but I also love dropping down a worm and feeling the bite! Do you think they are going to be open again in a few months?
    I know they start their spawns in early spring and with our Soutnern Cal weather that's not too far out. I'll send you a PM as it draws near or reach out to me.

    Thanks

    Quote Originally Posted by fishmounter View Post
    I have fished Perris from a float tube for several years now.. Couldn't ask for a better trophy Bluegill place. Never in my life have I caught so many Bluegill over 10 inches long. Some even larger. But all the big ones get released to keep the big BG fishery going. We use a special little lure and also a special set-up for bait fishing. If they finish the work on the dam and re open the Bernasconi side, it will be really good. An easy launch (but a walk to the lake from the parking area). Fishing is slow now but will get better in the Springtime. I'd love to float tube with you sometime.

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    i drop shot for them but instead of like a regular drop shot i do two surgeons loop knots one like 1 foot off bottom and other like 3 foot then use one hook on each surgeon loop, and do one small bait and one bigger bait and a weight at bottom. have fun with your double ups. baits i use are like rip a robo worm like 1 inch and put it on, or pieces of nightcrawler or those really cheasy looking cheap soft plastic insect looking baits. at castaic ive never got them to commit on like a trout spinner bait ect. or super small crankbaits,, for me they like it to be easier and slower. though i have seen a monster bluegill come out the depths and ready to smash a 5" swimbait at castaic upper, but at last second he saw me and took back off.. and im talking a monster bluegill. good luck man. in winter and dead heat of summer they are pain to find and usually deep but they like to bite fast so you dont have to spend like a huge amount of time in one spot hoping to get a bite like these catch and released largemouth. ps the fall is also a really good time to get them because they come shallow but it can be really early fall or middle or late so you have to kinda of try for them to know if they have moved up or not. but then after that they go deep. pss. from the banks i just use one hook though but on top of water i use 2. its basically the same set up i use if i go rockfishing in the ocean on a boat. cya
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