Bluegill mouths

Discussion in 'Bluegill Fishing' started by dburkhead, Oct 3, 2008.

  1. dburkhead

    dburkhead New Member

    At one of my regular "fishing holes" I'd been catching a lot of little 3-5" bluegills (since they've drawn down reservoir level recently, the fishing at that spot has kind of dried up) as well as the occassional white bass. I'd been gradually creeping up in hook size, trying to cut back on the smaller ones and hook primarily on the bigger ones. I'd gotten to a size 4 before I finally stopped pulling in the tiny ones, but I'm wondering if maybe on bluegills, if the body doesn't grow proportionally larger to the mouths--so that a hook large enough that the smaller ones can't take it is large enough that the run-of-the-mill "keeper" doesn't take it either.
  2. Ghosth

    Ghosth New Member

    North Dakota
    I think your exactly correct.

    Their mouths are small, and while the difference between a 3 & a 5" fish may seem big to us, to them the difference in their mouth size is pretty minor.

    Maybe keep the small ones for live or cut bait for catfish?

  3. bluejay

    bluejay Well-Known Member

    Napoleon, Mo.
    I always use small hooks for both crappie and bluegill. I really don't believe you will catch bigger using bigger hooks. There bait stealers. got to get them close to the point for a hookup.
  4. Bossofbeefbowl

    Bossofbeefbowl New Member

    Hanover Park,IL
    They do tend to nibble away if you're using worms or hot dogs.If you're having trouble with bait stealing and only getting smaller ones I've had good luck using small plastics.Like the ones that look like little baby fish,the ones I have in my box are a little shorter than an inch.
  5. fishnfwl

    fishnfwl New Member

    South Cent
    Yes Sir that would be norm for most of your pan fish. arouound here any way...... :wink:
  6. boswifedeb

    boswifedeb USCA Jailhouse Lawyer Staff Member Supporting Member

    It's always amazed me how such little fish can get hooked by such big hooks. I guess it all depends on the angle of attack!:roll_eyes:
  7. Katatonik

    Katatonik New Member

    Ogden, Kansas,
    There is a trick that might work. The European speed anglers use really
    small worms like maggots and toss them out like rice by the handful. If
    you throw four or five handfuls of these out waiting twenty seconds
    between tosses you've primed the site and drawn every bluegill within
    swimming distance to an area about 10ft around right in front of you.
    Now you go back to your set up cane pole with the hook set one inch
    from the bottom beneath the tapered bottom of the float. On the hook
    a maggot impaled from head to tail near the razor sharp point. One more
    fist full of maggies then swing your rig to the center of the splash. The
    float will go under before the hook reaches the bottom. Catch six fish
    more. Another handfull of maggots. Repeat. Stop when you are tired
    or out of maggots. You will tend to catch the largest of the bluegills
    available in this stretch of lakeshore by feeding the rest maggots.