Fishing memories that last….

Massive Coppernose Bluegill

Bruce's 1 3/4 pound Road Runner Bluegill

The trip started with a drive up to High Point, NC to have dinner with my daughters. Amanda is a fifth grade teacher. Lindsey manages a large restaurant. Amanda has the ability to charm the students into learning. Lindsey leads a devoted staff of co-workers. I’m obviously proud of both.

The next day found me driving to the King Fisher Society Sanctuary.  Chief biologist, Bob Lusk (The Pond Boss) was kind enough to invite me to this event. Bob’s mission was to build relationships between other biologists and industry leaders.

They have a saying at King Fisher Society; “Peace, Privacy and Privilege.” Owner, Jim Morgan believes that the camaraderie after a day’s fishing is the most important thing.  A typical evening includes; great food, live music and then fellowship around the outdoor fire pit.

But foremost in my mind is the fishery. Morgan and Lusk have done an outstanding job building a Fishing Mecca. The average Bluegill for example is over a pound. Bruce Condello of bigbluegill.com bagged a two pound-10 ounce monster in these waters. I witnessed Condello’s fishing ability as he bagged six well over a pound on eight casts!

But there’s more. Anglers will find plenty of other quality sized species including; Flyers, Red Breast, Warmouth, Pickerel and some fine Largemouth Bass.

Ultra-light tackle was king. My gear included a 6’ ESP Rod, rigged with 4 lb. Triple Fish line and a 1/32nd oz Road Runner. The back end of the Road Runner was rigged with a Charlie Brewer, one-inch Slider Grub. It was a killer combination for Bass and Bluegill.

Jim Gronaw

One of many of Jim's Bluegill

Jim Gronaw caught some big Bluegill on a tiny topwater lure. I modified it with one Bleeding Bait treble. EVERY fish he boated from then on was on that red hook. Bluegill love the blood-injury connection! He later tested the Road Runner-Slider combination and pounded even more fish.

There are a dozen more stories from this trip but I’ll close with a quote from a wise old man. “When you’re on your death-bed, the only thing you have left is your memories…make many and make them good.”

My trip to King Fisher Society will be one of those memories. I hope you plan to go and make some of your own.

Blessings, -TJ

About TJ Stallings

45-year tackle industry veteran Marketing and Crazy Ideas at TTI-Blakemore Fishing Group (Home of Road Runner Lures and six hook brands including Tru-Turn, Daiichi, XPoint, Team Catfish, Mr. Crappie and StandOUT Hooks.) Home of Gun Protect. The opinions expressed in this blog are those of TJ Stallings and not necessarily those of TTI-Blakemore.
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2 Responses to Fishing memories that last….

  1. I meant to ask Bob Lusk at TOWA about that place. I saw it featured a couple of times in television shows and was curious. Sounds like Bob and his group have done a crackerjack job there. Bob also has a magazine Pond Boss to which I subscribe and find it a wealth of information about ponds and fish. How come you never get the big fish? (Grins)

  2. TJ Stallings says:

    You know me Don, photos first then fishing.
    I did catch my share at KFS and Bruce bagged some shots. He swears I didn’t break his camera.
    I send you an autographed copy. 🙂

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