Best bait for bigger bluegill ?

Discussion in 'Bluegill Fishing' started by 18lbflathead, Nov 16, 2006.

  1. 18lbflathead

    18lbflathead New Member

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    What is the best bait to catch big bluegill.Thank you for your post.:embarassed:
     
  2. CatHound

    CatHound New Member

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    I use Ultra light gear for Bluegills - 2 lb line usually or 4 lb at most. Or I use a 3 weight fly rod with a max of a 6X tippit.

    For offerings, on an UL set-up, I use a float with worms, caterpillars, grubs, maggots, meal worms, or wax wroms on a fine wire aberdeen hook or a bait holder hook in sizes of 12, 10, or 8. Crickets and smaller grass hoppers work too. I also use really small jigs (1/32 or 1/16 oz) with with plastic curly tails or tubes sweetened with a piece of crawler. Beetle spins and other micro sized spinners can work, but I've usually not done as well with them.

    On a fly rod, just about any dry fly that looks like the local bugs, in sizes of 18 - 12, or nymphs in sizes of 22 - 12 will work.
     

  3. DELLIS

    DELLIS New Member

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    wax worms they can't lay off of them or small chunks of night crawlers smaller hook the better
     
  4. IrishO'Brady

    IrishO'Brady New Member

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    I know this sounds nasty , but if your catching bluegill for bait, take the eyes out and use them. Bluegill will absolutely go nuts for another bluegills eye on a hook. I have no idea why but man it works.
    Plus one will last you forever , they stay on a hook and are tough.
     
  5. channelcathunter64

    channelcathunter64 New Member

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    the only bait i use is crickets and i catch huge bluegill on em
     
  6. zappaf19

    zappaf19 New Member

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    I use bee moth/wax worms on my ulta light. They love them!
    Bill
     
  7. catman529

    catman529 New Member

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    My biggest gills were caught on nightcrawlers. You gotta be in the right place for bigguns, or the small ones will tear your worm up. My pb was 9.5 inches, caught in a dirty retention pond.
     
  8. greasemonkey07

    greasemonkey07 New Member

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    Find yourself a good farm pond stocked full of bluegills. Your sure to catch some bigguns from there.
     
  9. C_wernett

    C_wernett New Member

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    Of course like always, there's a time and place...early spring is better than most times. I've liked lakes that have good shellfish, and sandy areas. I fish fishfinder rigs in the shellfish beds in the spring. Light leader and small circle hooks, 1/8-1/4 oz egg weights, depending of depth/current. On an UL set up, this weight also allows you to do something necessary, which is cast long distance without spooking the biggest fish. The little guys won't go anywere when you come up on them, but the big ones will. I generally catch fish from 1/2lb up to a 1 1/2lbs.
     
  10. 223reload

    223reload New Member

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    I have found the old addage bigger bait =bigger fish to be true also the bigger bluegill will usually be below the smaller ones in a school try using a tad bit more weight to get the bait down faster
     
  11. CatfishHateMe

    CatfishHateMe New Member

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    corn, size 18 hook, 4 pound test line, bobber, a zebco33 on a small zebco rod ...all i use and i catch bluegills for catfishing, dont really keep weight of my gills recorded or ever measure/weigh them, i just throw em in a bucket full of water. same thing if i wanna catch bigger ones only i have a slightly bigger hook and sometimes ill throw little chunks of crawlers at em to.
     
  12. catter5000

    catter5000 New Member

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    I have to agree with Richard on this one. I never knew just how big the gills were in Keystone until I was fishing a bass tourny. I was using a small crank bait that ran about 6 ft. deep and started catching the biggest gills I have ever seen in Keystone.Tried fishing shallow and only caught the little ones.So size does matter? JMO Allen
     
  13. skeetermagnet

    skeetermagnet New Member

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    The best bluegills I've ever caught were on a small spinnerbait when I was bass fishing. It was the traditional style spinnerbait, but just small. Caught several big gills approaching a pound in a little clear pond. I just kept throwing it at this big tree that had it's roots in the water and they kept hitting it. They cleaned up pretty well. :smile2: From then on I never go out without a couple different colors of that same spinnerbait. It always does well.
     
  14. GMC FishHauler

    GMC FishHauler New Member

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    rooster tail or mepps. The little ones will hit it too but u will only hook the ones with a mouth big enuff to get on
     
  15. CJ21

    CJ21 New Member

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    I just use them good old crickets rig on a small float, with 8 lb test line, with a no 4 hook. I use this rig on ul spinning reel and rod.
     
  16. onemorecast

    onemorecast New Member

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    All of my big bluegills have been caught on small to medium sized crankbaits. My biggest a 12 1/2" was caught on a 3/4 oz spinnerbait fishing for bass.
     
  17. derbycitycatman

    derbycitycatman Well-Known Member

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    Ive caught my biggest bluegills using minnows. That and have also caught them on what I call mini spinnerbaits. They are much bigger than rooster tails, probably a half or third the size of a normal spinnerbait.
     
  18. squirtspop

    squirtspop New Member

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    The best I've found is a little gold colored jig called a trout magnet with the little red plastic worm that comes with it. The yellow works but not near as good as the red.
     
  19. skeetermagnet

    skeetermagnet New Member

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    Brian,

    Sounds like we are talking about the same thing. I think it is called a mini-bomber. Works pretty good. So does my favorite trout lure, a Little Cleo.
     
  20. David Knotts

    David Knotts New Member

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    I like to use wasp larva, they work great, but can be a little painfull to get, you can allso put some red food color on em, or green and work just as good. But the best bait I ever used is small crawfish.