Best size of bluegills?

Discussion in 'Bluegill Fishing' started by joe shmoe, Jul 13, 2007.

  1. joe shmoe

    joe shmoe New Member

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    i was wondering what would be the best size of gills in a lake or river
     
  2. joe shmoe

    joe shmoe New Member

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  3. richard dunbar

    richard dunbar New Member

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    Hand size and below, but does it really matter. No not in my oppinion. A live guill is a live guill is a live guill
     
  4. wizazz

    wizazz New Member

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    Smaller the better... but not too small.... Its easier for the cats to catch and eat the smaller Baits....less effort... it takes more effort for the cats to catch a big bait and manuver the bait to be able to swallow the bait.... a good average bait size would be like 3-8 inches :wink: 3-6 being the best



    bigger the bait ....does not mean bigger fish........ it means less fish..... :big_smile:
     
  5. Redb

    Redb New Member

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    Hand size is best, just big enough to fillet.
     
  6. TONTO

    TONTO New Member

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    I like big gills for flatheads, the smaller three to five inches will get you more blues and channels though.:roll_eyes:
     
  7. FATFLATTIE

    FATFLATTIE New Member

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    Use as big as you can throw. A 5lb flathead can easily eat a bluegill larger than your whole hand. A 5lb channel can do the same. I have noticed no drop off in the number of fish using either large or small fish. Also if you catch some really big ones, you can just cut them in half and use those for the flatties as well.
     
  8. DemolitionMan

    DemolitionMan New Member

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    Are we talkin about eatin bluegills or usein em for bait?????Dwight
     
  9. kkyyoottee

    kkyyoottee New Member

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    I have had cats nail them 5-7 inches long but I like the 2-3 inch size!!:smile2:
     
  10. catfish chaser

    catfish chaser New Member

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    I don't think the size matters. I've had some monster bluegills on and catch some smaller sized flats. I had a real small gill on one time and caught a 20# flat.
     
  11. jeremiad

    jeremiad Well-Known Member

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    Good question!

    From what I've seen, the small pond or lake and its residents will quickly determine the size of any bluegill you throw in. If you bluegill are too few and too small without enough cover, well, you won't have any in a few weeks (they kinda get eaten).

    If they survive and reproduce, then they will grow and multiply until they take over. Then they'll get stunted and grow smaller. Fish them out enough or provide enough predators, and they'll balance out at a pretty good size.

    Our local state-maintained fishing lake is only 17 acres. Being so close to Washington D.C., it is heavily fished. Interestingly though, the bluegill are starting to grow to a fairly good size, if you can catch them. I was fortunate enough to catch a citation-worthy bluegill there a few weeks ago.


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  12. Dadoftwo

    Dadoftwo New Member

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    I like them about 3 - 4" long. I have used bigger and smaller with great results. Really depends on the mood of the fish at the time.