Avoiding the spine when hooking bluegills.

Discussion in 'Catfishing Baits' started by SWeiss, Aug 30, 2009.

  1. SWeiss

    SWeiss New Member

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    On the first few times I hooked blue gills for bait, I hooked them too deep. I put the hook right through the spine and they were instantly paralyzed rendering them useless.

    When I was fishing last night I figured out a way to prevent this. I held the bluegill up to the light of my lantern and you can see the spine through the fish. I could see exactly where the spine was and was able to hook them just above it.

    Perhaps this will help out some of the newbs, like me!
     
  2. brianthelion02

    brianthelion02 New Member

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    Larger hooks makes it easier to miss the spinal column as well!
     

  3. Widemouth

    Widemouth New Member

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    Outstanding idea! I net mostly gills and do most of my fishing at night. This might even help me to stop cussing. Maybe not.
     
  4. SnagHatr76

    SnagHatr76 New Member

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    Thanks for the tip I'll have to try that next time I go out
     
  5. kscathunter

    kscathunter New Member

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    hooking them through the eyes will avoid that problem all together:wink:
     
  6. SWeiss

    SWeiss New Member

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    I'll give that a try next time. That won't kill 'em?
     
  7. Jeremy Sheffey

    Jeremy Sheffey New Member

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    it wont kill them, but i dont think it gives the bait the same action, and they dont live as long from what i can tell.....
     
  8. kscathunter

    kscathunter New Member

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    the main reason i do it that way is because i use circles and with them being hooked in the back the point of the hook can hook back into the bait and cost me a fish.
     
  9. SWeiss

    SWeiss New Member

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    Good point (pun intended!) :smile2:

    I worry about that too. I think that the size of the hook is important to prevent the problem you expressed. If it's too small the point will lay right on top of the back of the gill.
     
  10. Eich

    Eich New Member

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    Steve,
    You have some good points (even with the pun) there. Allow me to add that it is important to match the size of the hook to the bait, not necessarily the quarry. On another note allow me to add this tip to help keep bait alive a little longer in the bait bucket. Add a cap full of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) to the water. This because of the chemical compound gives the water more oxygen keeping the bait alive longer.

    Ray
     
  11. Cliffcat

    Cliffcat New Member

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  12. lendog

    lendog New Member

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    i have good results hookin my baits about 3/4 of an inch above the anal fin, but in faster current i hook them up thru the mouth and out the nose, this prevents the water from goin thru the gills and out the mouth and drowning them:wink:
     
  13. Widemouth

    Widemouth New Member

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