Not A Comfortable Bed For Humans !

@fishtiger58 (30338)
Momence, Illinois
December 31, 2015 9:45am CST
Some of you know I fish, a lot. We have a boat and are retired and now can spend even more time out fishing. It's such a relaxing way to spend the day. In this one particular lake we like to fish in Central Illinois they have some of the biggest blue gill in the state. And man they are big. They average around 10 inches which for this panfish that is huge. The lake is very heathly and in some areas you can actually see the spawning beds on the bottom of the lake. The bluegill like shallow areas to make their beds. For me seeing them was amazing. It's not something you can usually see but in this lake there are several areas where you can see the beds and the male bluegills who make the beds guarding them awaiting the females arrival. I was pleased to get this photo of the beds. Pretty amazing at least to me.
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@DWDavis (10771)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
31 Dec 15
One thing I miss about New Hampshire is the clear water of the lakes and rivers. Here in eastern NC the rivers are tinted with tannin from all the leaves and up close the water looks much like strong iced tea.
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@fishtiger58 (30338)
• Momence, Illinois
31 Dec 15
Minnesota has many lakes and rivers that look like that, I always call them rootbeer lakes.
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@DWDavis (10771)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
31 Dec 15
@fishtiger58 You and your husband enjoy many of the same past times as my wife and I - camping, fishing, and hiking.
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@fishtiger58 (30338)
• Momence, Illinois
31 Dec 15
@DWDavis Yes our favorite things to do, and now we are retired so we are going to be able to travel farther to do these things, see more of the country.
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• Preston, England
31 Dec 15
nice that the water is clear and clean enough to see such natural wonders
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• Preston, England
31 Dec 15
@fishtiger58 I would have done the same thing
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@fishtiger58 (30338)
• Momence, Illinois
31 Dec 15
@arthurchappell It's amazing how perfectly round they get them. Also if anything they don't like falls into the bed they immediately remove it.
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• Preston, England
31 Dec 15
@fishtiger58 sounds pretty organized - maybe they could tidy my bedroom for me
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@paigea (22198)
• Canada
31 Dec 15
That would be amazing to get a clear view of the beds. Great photo!
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@fishtiger58 (30338)
• Momence, Illinois
31 Dec 15
Thanks I was pretty excited to actually finally get to see them.
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@paigea (22198)
• Canada
31 Dec 15
@fishtiger58 I am not into fishing. I enjoy paddling my kayak, but I have never had a clear view of any fish environment.
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@fishtiger58 (30338)
• Momence, Illinois
31 Dec 15
@paigea My son has a two man Kayak and we paddle on the Kankakee River which I live next to. My husband drives us and the Kayak about 6 miles away and we paddle home and carry the boat home. It's a wonderful relaxing experience.
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@trivia79 (7914)
• El Segundo, California
1 Jan 16
I'm not fond of fishing but I'm curious with the picture you posted. What's with circular shape? Are they small patches or big one?
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@fishtiger58 (30338)
• Momence, Illinois
1 Jan 16
Those are fish beds. That's how fish make their beds. It's a bunch of them.
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@trivia79 (7914)
• El Segundo, California
1 Jan 16
@fishtiger58 What kind of fish of them anyway?
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@fishtiger58 (30338)
• Momence, Illinois
1 Jan 16
@trivia79 Bluegill they are a panfish.
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@celticeagle (118280)
• Boise, Idaho
1 Jan 16
Nice picture and clear water. Wow!
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@fishtiger58 (30338)
• Momence, Illinois
1 Jan 16
Thanks glad you like it.
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@celticeagle (118280)
• Boise, Idaho
1 Jan 16
@fishtiger58 ....More, more!
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@fishtiger58 (30338)
• Momence, Illinois
1 Jan 16
@celticeagle I will I have plenty to share, over 10,000 photos over the last 5 or 6 years. Had to get an external hard drive, all those photos were slowing my computer down.
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@just4him (117342)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
1 Jan 16
That picture is amazing.
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@fishtiger58 (30338)
• Momence, Illinois
1 Jan 16
Thanks I think so too, glad you like it.
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@just4him (117342)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
1 Jan 16
@fishtiger58 I didn't know what it was until you explained it in your post.
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@fishtiger58 (30338)
• Momence, Illinois
1 Jan 16
@just4him it's so rarely seen I just had to share.
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@rebelann (41425)
• El Paso, Texas
31 Dec 15
Wow, that's so kool. Mom used to love to go fishing and I always wondered why she made such a big deal out of the 6" bluegill she caught, you've answered that one for me.
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@fishtiger58 (30338)
• Momence, Illinois
31 Dec 15
They are quite the fighter when you have them on your line. So a 10 inch is really fun. And hey were you been haven't seen you in a while.
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@rebelann (41425)
• El Paso, Texas
31 Dec 15
Dealing with loss @fishtiger58 I've been here just not as much. I've never liked fishing so I didn't have a clue about that.
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@fishtiger58 (30338)
• Momence, Illinois
31 Dec 15
@rebelann I'm so sorry for your loss. I am happy to see you back.
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• Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
5 Jan 16
Nice pic! I enjoy fishing too and catching crabs as well
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@fishtiger58 (30338)
• Momence, Illinois
5 Jan 16
I have never crab fished but then I live in the middle of the United States no oceans around here lol.
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• Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
5 Jan 16
@fishtiger58 Yeah its fun and easy, just set up bate in the cage and toss it and retreive in an hour or soo lol One time we caught over 12 crabs in less than 20 minutes of baiting the cage
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@fishtiger58 (30338)
• Momence, Illinois
5 Jan 16
@BACONSTRIPSXXX And I bet the were delicious too.
@PainsOnSlate (20254)
• Canada
31 Dec 15
That is an awesome photo. Hubby still fishes and when we were younger and I was pregnant we went fishing all the time in small lakes and ponds, some rivers in Kansas too. I craved fish and enjoyed the physical hiking and fishing back then.
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@fishtiger58 (30338)
• Momence, Illinois
31 Dec 15
I was pretty darn happy about this shot. We used to hike to fish as well. But my husband gets poison ivy really bad, so we decided on a boat. He hasn't had any poison ivy since.
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• Canada
31 Dec 15
@fishtiger58 Sounds like a smart choice. I don't think I've ever had poison Ivy but I am knocking on wood as I write this...
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@fishtiger58 (30338)
• Momence, Illinois
31 Dec 15
@PainsOnSlate apparently the more often you get it the worse it gets each time. He's glad not to have it anymore,
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@boiboing (12648)
• Northampton, England
31 Dec 15
That looks like a soggy dinosaur footprint.
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@fishtiger58 (30338)
• Momence, Illinois
31 Dec 15
I can see that too.
@boiboing (12648)
• Northampton, England
31 Dec 15
@fishtiger58 Phew, I'm glad it's not just me.
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@fishtiger58 (30338)
• Momence, Illinois
31 Dec 15
@boiboing nope lol
@shshiju (10492)
• Cochin, India
31 Dec 15
Nature wonders are always beautiful.
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@fishtiger58 (30338)
• Momence, Illinois
31 Dec 15
My favorite thing to photograph. I love nature.
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@shshiju (10492)
• Cochin, India
31 Dec 15
@fishtiger58 In camera or mobile?
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@fishtiger58 (30338)
• Momence, Illinois
31 Dec 15
@shshiju Always a camera, I have 3
@Traceyjayne (1114)
• United Kingdom
1 Jan 16
it is an amazing photo.
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@fishtiger58 (30338)
• Momence, Illinois
1 Jan 16
Thanks I think so . It's not something we get to see in the wild very often.
@hiru84 (956)
• Malaysia
1 Jan 16
It's very nice photo and those beds are very clear. I can't think how you get this picture. You are a great photographer.
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@fishtiger58 (30338)
• Momence, Illinois
1 Jan 16
I was in my boat out fishing. You could clearly see these so I took a photo. I was pleased.
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@jstory07 (67189)
• Roseburg, Oregon
1 Jan 16
You took a very good picture.
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@fishtiger58 (30338)
• Momence, Illinois
1 Jan 16
Thanks glad you like it.
@suzzy3 (8362)
31 Dec 15
What a remarkable photo such clear water and the fish so clear as well.
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@fishtiger58 (30338)
• Momence, Illinois
1 Jan 16
Thanks glad you like it.
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• United States
31 Dec 15
If I was just looking at the photo blindly so to speak I wouldn't have a clue what that is. Our pond is full of chocolate milk!
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@fishtiger58 (30338)
• Momence, Illinois
31 Dec 15
Most of the time you can't see the bottom of ponds or lakes. This was pretty amazing and not something you see often. I just had to share.
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@LadyDuck (157821)
• Switzerland
31 Dec 15
This photo is amazing, I did not even know that fish make this kind of beds.
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@fishtiger58 (30338)
• Momence, Illinois
31 Dec 15
Pretty amazing how they do that. I couldn't be more pleased to find and photograph this. I made my husband motor all around that lake in our boat to see if we could see more. We did find a couple other spots where you could see the beds.
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@MALUSE (40324)
• Germany
31 Dec 15
Who eats all the fish you catch?
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@fishtiger58 (30338)
• Momence, Illinois
31 Dec 15
Mostly we release all the fish we catch. Occasionally we keep a few to eat.