Went to Lake Norman state park again today, but today we fished the smaller park lake.
Crappie, crappie, everywhere. All small, 6-7". All returned. Caught about 2 dozen.
While fishing for crappie, though, I was slow retrieving a minnow, and this bluegill hit it like a ton of lead. Good fight on my ultra-light!
My wife is holding the fish for the photo, judge the size by her hand (which was closer to the camera than the fish)... Remember, though, that she's 6 feet tall, not a little delicate thing. We didn't measure, since Adam had the ruler about 100 feet away, but we know he was over a foot and at least 1 lb. That was a THICK bluegill, I thought he was a bass in the water. We released him, because we had to go somewhere after the park, and wouldn't have a chance to clean him.
Then we went to the park pier, and caught more crappie (4) and spotted bass (3) on minnows. Here's Adam with 2 crappie (8" and 10") that he and my wife caught at the same second.