Best way to present a bluegill?

Discussion in 'Flathead Catfish' started by GETHOOKED, May 24, 2007.

  1. GETHOOKED

    GETHOOKED New Member

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    Ok, we covered line type, brand, and hooks-----BUT WHAT ABOUT BAIT?1
    What is the best way to present a bluegill to a flathead?

    Is it to leave it alone?
    Cut one fin?
    Cut both side and pectoral fins on one side?
    Cut the dorsal and the top fins?

    Now do you scale on side?
    Make slits on the fish so It bleeds a little?

    If you had ONE bait and a known producing fish hole, or even new water and little time?

    --WHAT WOULD YOU DO TO MAKE YOUR BAIT THE MOST PRESENTABLE TO THE FLATTIE?


    Personally, I throw one out left alone, two with the side and pectoral fins cut, and one with the top and dorsal fins cut with cuts in the gill's side, I call this one the sacrificial lamb!!!

    THe cut one doesnt last long but if there was a quick bite it is always that one. This one dies quickly (30 min or so ), but if the bite isnt right away it is the one that is left alone that gets the fish. So what do you do?!

    Bring on the suggestions!! love to hear everyone's advice!
     
  2. catfishjohn

    catfishjohn New Member

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    My favorite way to present them is with an 8-10/0 hook right through their back. I never do anything to them unless they die and then they become cut bait. :big_smile:
     

  3. flatheadsteven

    flatheadsteven New Member

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    i usually fish them under a slip float and i just leave them alone,just hook them in the back.
     
  4. catstalker459

    catstalker459 New Member

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    well everybody has their own thing. here on the wabash i like to hook them just in front of the top fin and let em run, if they die i just chop them up and throw them on another pole. actually had a turtle chase one of the live ones it was fun to watch......

    your best bet is to present it the way u think it will work,,,,,theres no wrong way unless u dont present it at all! :smile2:
     
  5. CBH

    CBH New Member

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    I like to hook them through the bottom, just above the anal fin. That way they can swim in a more natural positon without the weight of the hook tipping them over, as it does when you hook them through the back. I've actually seen bluegills lay on the bottom, flat on their side, when hooked below the dorsal fin. I don't feel that there's any need to ever clip a fin. They struggle enough with that hook sticking through them! Most of the time I'll be fishing a live 'gill and one that I've cut in half. Many times the flatheads will show a preferance for either cut or live baits on certain nights.
     
  6. river scum

    river scum New Member

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    live or fresh cut are the only two things that matter, to me.
     
  7. JMarrs328

    JMarrs328 New Member

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    I'd try one cut and one live, so the cats can tell you what they want.
     
  8. barraGouda

    barraGouda New Member

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    i try a couple different ways and see which one is getting the most attention, then i do that for the rest of the time. different day, may bring different action. we all know that, right?
     
  9. gunter003

    gunter003 New Member

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    I rig them with a three way swivel with an egg sinker on one ,the gill on the other with about 12 inch leader , to give them some room to fish for me. that is what has worked for me.
     
  10. tncatfishing

    tncatfishing New Member

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    There are many different ways to present bait as you know, when using a bluegill I like to use a hand size one hooked in the top of the dorsal, just my preference.
     
  11. riverdawg-1

    riverdawg-1 New Member

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    I just hook em behind dorsal or anal fin and let em sit. Scaling and/or cutting them seems to make em die quicker.
     
  12. ga2oh

    ga2oh New Member

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    i usually hook'em right before the tail so they can swim alittle more naturally and attract the cat's.
     
  13. Flamekeeper

    Flamekeeper New Member

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    I only fish with live bluegills between 3-5'' for flat heads and Blue cats all with this slip float rig. Never fails if you know the water your fishing,and where to present your bait.

    Good Luck.

    PS> I forgot to tell you I only Bank fish and catch big fish on a regular basis.
     

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  14. s_man

    s_man New Member

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    After reading this thread I'm gonna try hooking them under the tail, I never tried that before. As to clipping fins, a knowledgeable man I know told me to clip the top half of the tail fin, that way every time they try to swim they propel themselves upwards. Under certain conditions flats hit cut or scaled gills more redily than live ones. I usually find this to be true durring the hottest months up here July, August. when the water is over 80 degrees and low and stable. If they aren't hitting live gills try cutting them in half or scaleing and making cuts in their sides. Sometimes they prefer them dead.
     
  15. criggster

    criggster New Member

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    I usually hook them through the lips, tail, or behind the dorsal fin. I have noticed that in swift water where I fish I tend to get less hang-ups when hooking through the lips.
     
  16. big-muddy

    big-muddy New Member

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    i hook em through the eyes close to the nose. never had a problem with it as long as you dont hook right through the eyes. more to the side.
     
  17. Flamekeeper

    Flamekeeper New Member

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    Heres a close up:wink: notice that the tail is pinched off. slows them down pretty good.
     

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  18. silsbyj

    silsbyj New Member

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    I have always hooked em below the dorsal fin. If they are biting with live bait this seems to be the method that has worked best for me. I have pulled a trot line up and had bait still alive after being on all night.
     
  19. slipbobber

    slipbobber New Member

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    also make your leader you put from your main line and swivel, shorter than the slip bobber you are using so it wont tangle around the top of your bobber
     
  20. mikepgh

    mikepgh New Member

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    I usually bring the hook through the bottom jaw up through the top jaw keeping it alive.

    Once it dies or if I catch a fish on it and still have it I will usually step on it just until the stomach and everything pops out then cast it out. I have found this to be very effective.