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F1 bass: Beware Frankenstein bass

Dec 26, 2021

A couple weeks ago a potential new customer told me that another lake management company had told him, when he asked about the potential genetic issues with the offspring of F1 bass, that his company specifically selected the bass to avoid that. There are small lies, and then there are big ones. This is a Read more…

F1 largemouth bass: Beware Snake-Oil Fish Sellers

Dec 26, 2021

There’s that saying, “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.” But there’s another saying, this one from the apostle Paul: “Have nothing to do with the worthless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them for what they are.” Anyone who has read the New Testament knows that Paul spent a fair Read more…

F1 largemouth or Florida largemouth bass: Which Fish Is Better for Your Pond?

Dec 25, 2021

We have made several posts in the past about F1 largemouth, urging landowners not to stock them because of the genetic issues that arise when they begin breeding with one another. Many landowners have taken this information to heart and stocked pure Floridas; more than a few of those ponds are well on their way Read more…

Grow Four-pound Bluegill in Your Alabama Pond

Dec 18, 2021

A well-known fish hatchery in Alabama – one that gets far more of the stocking business in that state than we do at the moment – states in an article they have on their website that coppernose bluegill, when fed supplementally, can be grown to 1.5 to 2 pounds, “in some cases.” Given that the Read more…

Stocking Your Tennessee Pond: Choose a Company with Integrity

Dec 18, 2021

If you go just by Google results and which company ranks the highest for searches pertaining to stocking a pond in this state, you’ll likely end up with a company that is actually headquartered multiple states north of us. Said company claims to be the best choice for stocking your pond; they also claim to Read more…

Lake Management: Do You Want a Swimming Pool or a Fish Ecosystem?

Nov 25, 2021

Some of the bigger lake management companies working in the Southeast like to brag about their expertise in killing aquatic plants that grow in ponds and lakes. More than one of these even go so far as to claim that they’re restoring the ecological balance of the water body by doing so. This holds every Read more…

Another Giant Hand-painted Bluegill

Nov 7, 2021

If you have ever wondered why I post photos of very big bluegill with the fish in a bucket, rather than being held by myself or an employee in a more camera-friendly pose, the answer to that question is a great example of our core philosophy. If you have photographed more than a handful of Read more…

When Is a 1.8-lb. Bluegill Small?

Nov 5, 2021

I have made posts in the past claiming that no one can touch my company when it comes to growing big bluegill.  That encompasses both management and genetics.  The management difference that we bring to the table can be witnessed by the fact that two different bluegill in the three-pound class were caught from ponds Read more…

Multiple 2-pounders in One Day

Aug 21, 2021

On August 7, we had the pleasure of guiding four bluegill nuts from Kentucky.  They caught several bluegill that weighed 24 ounces, including this northern male: We had scale malfunctions at different junctures (two different scales no less!), so not all of the big ‘uns got weighed – this one likely pushed two pounds: The Read more…

Guide Party from Michigan

Aug 21, 2021

On July 17 and 19th, we guided two bluegillers from Michigan. All they did on the 17th was catch two 24-ounce bluegill, one a northern female and one a 12″ coppernose female: Then on the 19th, they caught a 27-ounce hand-painted bluegill from a different pond:

F1s: Beware Armchair Quarterbacks and Dishonest Hatcheries

Aug 6, 2021

There’s a website online that presents itself as an authority on pond management. Most of the moderators have never worked on any pond other than the one in their backyard, i.e. are hobbyists, but they don’t mention this. The owner is a pond management professional but rarely posts. One of their moderators recently discounted a Read more…

A Great Bluegill Pond Getting Better

Jun 13, 2021

A little over a month ago we took a guide party to our best trophy-bluegill pond. The biggest bluegill always bite best in the hot months, June through August, and this year in particular we had a cold spring, so it was a little early for them. Our party caught six bluegill 1.4 pounds or Read more…

Smallmouth Genetics

Nov 28, 2020

We’re big into genetics.  Some biologists will tell you that water quality, food web, etc. are more important than genetics; in our experience, nothing trumps genetics.  Here’s an easy way to think about how important genetics are: a poorly-fed Great Dane is still going to end up several times bigger than a well-fed Dachsund.  Likewise, Read more…

A Couple Hand-painted Bluegill We Seined Today

Oct 5, 2020

So we seined one of our hatchery ponds today for hand-painted bluegill.  These days when people ask me which subspecies of bluegill they should stock if their goal is trophy bluegill, I tell them hand-painted.  Here’s why: We didn’t weigh the top fish, but the bottom one weighed 2.1 pounds.  It came from a roughly Read more…

An Average Day on a World-class Pond

Aug 26, 2020

I and our new assistant fisheries biologist Greta fished our best trophy-bluegill pond for approximately four hours on July 27. In that time, a three-pound, a four-pound, a four-and-a-half-pound, and a five-pound largemouth were caught, along with a 1.6-pound bluegill. Here are the two largest fish (Greta caught both): This is from a 1.1-acre pond Read more…