Catching bluegill for bait

Discussion in 'Bluegill Fishing' started by king fisher, May 18, 2007.

  1. king fisher

    king fisher New Member

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    Around april-may the bluegill start biting alot. Catching them on rod and real is pretty simple and is the only way to because where i live net and traps aren't permited. Bait: small jigs and red worms work good but i recmend red worms. Rig set up: the rig i use is pretty simple all you need is some splitshot and a small crappie hook. Tie the hook on then put the split shot about 1 to 2 inches above the hook(no boober needed)jig heads will also work for this task. How to fish this rig all you have to do is let the worm sink all the way to the bottom and about every 5 seconds fig it up and down when ther strike you will feel it. The jigging also helps from getting gut hooks often.

    Thanks for reading
    happy fishing
     
  2. catfishjohn

    catfishjohn New Member

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    Good info! Welcome to the BOC!!!
     

  3. Mickey

    Mickey New Member Supporting Member

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    Zach Welcome to the BOC. Thanks for that bluegill info. Bluegill makes good catfish bait. Sp this means we can have fun twice. Thanks.:lol: :big_smile:
     
  4. jtrew

    jtrew New Member

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    Welcome to the BOC!
     
  5. Kinch's_cats

    Kinch's_cats New Member

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    Good info! Where I fish we can use nets but i have way more fun catching the bait with a hook and line. My brother fishes the same way you described, but i like to use a small bobber and keep the worm off the bottom just a little. To each his own though. We fish a small creek that is full of green sunfish, chubs, shad and a lot of other species. I think its more fun to catch the bait by rod and reel anyway. Welcome to the BOC.
     
  6. alands94

    alands94 Active Member

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    My bluegill setup is a 4'6" ultralight spinning rig with 4# test. I use a small 1/64 oz jig or tiny trout fly tipped with a waxworm. I've also hooked some pretty nice cats on this rig! :eek:oooh:
     
  7. janzaldo

    janzaldo New Member

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    Thanks for the info on jigs. I tend to gut hook alot of bluegills. I will have to try fishing with a jig. Does anybody use circle hooks for catching bluegills?

    Jaime
     
  8. pk_powell

    pk_powell New Member

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    Watching that little red/white plastic bobber bounce around on the water is fun forme! Good info Brother! Thanks for posting and welcome to the BOC it's flat out addicting and the best fishing site on the web hands down!!:big_smile:
     
  9. tspergin

    tspergin New Member

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    I use size 12 or 14 circle-hooks they work great,eliminates gut hooked fish,works great on chubs also
     
  10. jtrew

    jtrew New Member

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    Tony, where do you find circles that small? The smallest I've been able to find are considerably larger than that--fine if fishing for serious bream, but way too large to catch the little ones less than 6" long.
     
  11. Barry Nelson

    Barry Nelson New Member

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    I live on the cumberland river here in Tennessee. I fish bluegills alot, mostly for breakfast, those big as ya hand :big_smile:

    I catch mine on an ultralite rig, 6 lbs test line, eighth oz bell sinker, long shank cricket hook and mealie worms.

    I tie the hook on first, leave about 18 inches tag for the sinker. I throw it to my target, reel up the slack and hold the rod for the hit.

    When other people are down here at the river fishing for gills, I out fish them around 5 to 1 with this method.

    This aint some BS story :lol: give it a try , I'll try to get some pics up soon of my "honey hole" and how to set up my gill rig .

    PS. Glad to be here folks :0a22:
     
  12. bwillaub

    bwillaub New Member

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    I have found that small strips of bacon works just as well as worms and it stays on the hook a lot longer. Thanks for the info.

    Good fishing to ya.
     
  13. massa_jorge

    massa_jorge New Member

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    welcome aboard. i use very small hooks for bluegills and no weight. i pull the piece of worm across the surface a couple feet and then let it sink. when i see a twitch in the line, i lift the rod. this way i don't traumatize my future bait and also avoid a guthook.
     
  14. Barry Nelson

    Barry Nelson New Member

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    This is why I hold my rod as well, I can set the hook first hit before they swallow it
     
  15. medicdano

    medicdano New Member

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    That's the only way I do it. Outfish anybody anyday with this method. Works very well when their a little spooky too.
     
  16. BassTrackerMac

    BassTrackerMac New Member

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    I've not tried bacon yet, but give Fatback a try.....Those gills love it and, like bacon, you don't have to re-bait nearly as often. A small piece of fresh fatback will go a long way.......Good Luck.

    Which way to the Crik??????:smile2:
     
  17. RegulatorX

    RegulatorX New Member

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    Bluegill are a lot of fun and make great bait. Thanks for the info.
     
  18. coorsdrifter

    coorsdrifter New Member

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    Has anyone tried freezing whole bluegills,as a means to save for cutbait at a future time?
     
  19. TOPS

    TOPS New Member

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    Crickets are the bait I use to catch my gill, works well for me.
     
  20. pk_powell

    pk_powell New Member

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    My intentions were to get some gills last night and then go cattin,but the weather decided to come up with a storm so my cattin didn't work. I personally don't know wheather to leave it whole or cut it up in chuncks and fish it that way.So come on bluegillers give me some suggestions. Do I leave it whole or should I doctor it up with chicken liver blood and garlic salt? Any and all suggestions are deeply appreciated.Thank you Family!!!:smile2: