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Catching Bream in the Cold Weather and the Hot Summer

Day 4: Where Bluegill Bream Go After Bedding Season

Editor’s Note: Few people fish for bluegills in the coldest winter and the hottest summer months in the South – except for the late Steve Pope of Centre, Alabama, who was a fishing guide at Guntersville and Weiss lakes in north Alabama.

Click for Larger ViewClick for Larger ViewWhen the bluegills pulled off their beds, Pope found that they moved out to about 10 feet of water and tended to hold on rocks, riprap and bridge pilings. By the end of June in the South, many of the larger bluegills had left the riprap and the bridge pilings and moved-out to their deep-water haunts where they would spend the summer, the fall and the winter. Then they'd migrate back into shallow water to spawn.

Click for Larger ViewClick for Larger ViewHad you always wondered where bluegills went when they left their beds? Steve Pope believed he'd solved this mystery. To enjoy good bluegill fishing all year, learn to look deep during extreme weather conditions.

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John Phillips, winner of the 2012 Homer Circle Fishing Award for outstanding fishing writer by the American Sportfishing Association (AMA) and the Professional Outdoor Media Association (POMA), the 2008 Crossbow Communicator of the year and the 2007 Legendary Communicator chosen for induction into the National Fresh Water Hall of Fame, is a freelance writer (over 6,000 magazine articles for about 100 magazines and several thousand newspaper columns published), magazine editor, photographer for print media as well as industry catalogues (over 25,000 photos published), lecturer, outdoor consultant, marketing consultant, book author and daily internet content provider with an overview of the outdoors. Click here for more information and a list of all the books available from John E. Phillips.

Tomorrow: How Not to Catch Bluegill Bream

Check back each day this week for more about "Catching Bream in the Cold Weather and the Hot Summer"

Day 1: Use a Depth Finder to Catch Big Deep Water Bluegill Bream
Day 2: Rigging for Deep Water Bluegill Bream in Cold Weather and the Summer
Day 3: How to Catch Bluegill Bream during Bedding Season
Day 4: Where Bluegill Bream Go After Bedding Season
Day 5: How Not to Catch Bluegill Bream

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Entry 707, Day 4