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They are a "grub" that they sell at the pet stores, they use them to feed reptiles, they cost about 8.00 for 50, they are about 1" long and the head and a$$ end have brown on them with pinchers. Also have picture on one of these posts from months past....Tight lines
 

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Has anyone noticed the bigger gills starting to suspend out in deeper water above the thermocline yet?
The pattern is not in full effect yet. We have caught a few out in 25-30 FOW adjacent to the drops where weeds extend down to 20-22, but not like we would later in August. Best action for 8"ers or better has been right where those weeds end on the dropoff, 18-22 FOW and theyre closer to the bottom, like within 4 feet and not really flying up to crush it like they do when the thermocline pattern is in full effect.

We use Gulp stuff and throw 4 different styles at them. Try the 1" minnows, hellagramite, 2" floating trout worm or the red Angle worms. We tried the Angle worm for first time this year...they KILL.
 

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View attachment 265145 Yep... you were right on! 20 feet right on the bottom!
I was out yesterday as well. Same deal. 20-22 FOW was the number again. We tried 24-27 for awhile near where we caught them in 20-22 to see if the cruisers were out hovering...only caught a couple and refocused on the 20-22. The way the weather looks, that mid to late august thermocline pattern over deeper waters might not develop. We need a week in the mid to upper 80's and its only going to be near 80. My guess is theyll stay in 20-22 where the deep weedline ends. I will continue to report results.
 

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Oh, and we caught 4 nice 12" crappie at dusk using big Emeralds, 5-10 down over 25 adjacent to weedbed that tops out at 6-8 feet coming out of 35 FOW. Just anchored and hanging them over the side of the boat.
 

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I am starting to mark more and more fish suspended but active ones are still on the bottom
im thinking that the thermocline pattern isnt going to be as good this year as it has been last few years. we needed the first two weeks of August to be in the mid to upper 80's to really make the top layer hot. Its been too cool, but then again, last year we SMOKED em in Septemeber when they were suspended. Just gotta keep at it and figure em out.
 

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I do well using a spreader rig 1/2oz bell with a double dropper above sinker,fly and waxie on one drop and a gold #6 Aberdeen with red worm or crawler chunk on other keep it just above the fish.
 

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Thanks guys. Next time out I'll take a break from the crappie and chase some gills. It'll be a couple weeks but I'll report back.
 

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There were only a few suspended fish this morning on the lake we fish, but we caught nice gills on the bottom in 30-35'(very clear-can see bottom in 20'). Like others said, they are not crushing it like last yr's suspended fish and were smaller on average. I agree on the theories about lack of hot weather/water making a difference. We have done very well every yr for the late August suspended gills, and last yr was the best ever for size and numbers on the lake we fish. Might be different this year, though.
 
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