Giant Bluegill attack Road Runners in North Carolina

O'Neill admires another Bluegill

O'Neill admires another fat Bluegill

Cypress trees appeared to grow taller as the mist began its retreat of the sun’s warmth. A Kingfisher swooped low over the water before us as we boarded our boat, a fitting start to our day at King Fisher Society. Today would be even more special for the company we kept. Brother Ron would be in my boat. O’Neill Williams and Bob Lusk would shoot a show in another.

We quickly made our way across the lake to make our first casts of the day. I shared a trick with Ron that made him chuckle. “Try to tap the tree with your Road Runner when you cast. A perfect cast has a “tink-bloop” sound. It’s like a rim-shot.” He proved his skill as the Road Runner tapped the tree just inches above the water. The Bluegill thumped the lure as it fell. His rod bowed as he convinced the Bluegill to turn his way.   Ron scooped the fish with his hand into the boat and realized he could barely see his fingers. It was his personal best. He didn’t know it would happen several times again that day.

Our path took us before a creek mouth where we bagged a dozen Bass and Bluegill. Four pound line, an ESP Ultra-Light Rod and a Road Runner Lure was the winning combination. Ron chose a 1/16th oz black marabou. My choice was the new Natural Science, Trout-Panfish Series Road Runner in the “Yellow Corn” color. Both worked well in these Cypress stained waters.

Bob Lusk the Pond BOSS

Bob Lusk (The Pond BOSS) has a hand full of Bluegill.

O’Neill waved at us as he hollered “come on”. He and Bob taped an informative show about the lake and it’s huge Bluegill. O’Neill wanted us to join him for an early lunch and to begin taping the “Tru-Turn, Tackle Tips of the Week”. “What you’d think O’Neill?” I asked as I slid the boat alongside the dock. He bust out laughing and said “This is the best freshwater fishery in the country… Now let’s eat!

Next week: more fish and the fellowship that makes the King Fisher Society so amazing…

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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