I said arrivederci to Axehead yesterday. I teach a mile from the lake and like to spend my short lunch breaks fishing it. If you read my older report https://www.windycityfishing.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=91788
you'd saw that I was only catching what basscaster used to call Axehead Specials". With the spawn wrapping up the pattern continued
Over the long weekend the gills moved close to shore and started their spawn. This gave me the idea to try to catch a bluegill to use as live bait for something bigger. The problem was all the gills I caught were too big to use for bait.
I finally caught a small enough one and rigged it up with a large treble 20# braid and a bobber. I never really use bobbers (unless fishing for steelhead) but I really enjoyed doing it. A minute after tossing in the rig, the bobber started darting back and forth frantically, seconds later it dove down: fish on. Wasn't a true "Lunchtime Lunker" but a lot bigger than the others.
Arrivederci Axehead, see you in the fall.