All of the above info is right on the money.
After years of using bream for big Channel Catfish, here are a few tips guaranteed to help have more success:
1: I have found that a 5/0 Kahle style hook is the best hook to use with live bluegills. This hook works with small and big baits. You will hook them solid everytime.
2: When hooking a bream behind the dorsal fin, be very careful not to go through the spine. If you go just under it, the bream will pull harder and live longer, hence drawing more attention to themselves.
3: Always have a few Green Sunfish mixed in if you can get em. They are always caught right in the rocks around rip rap on worms. These little guys pull harder on a hook than any other bream family member. The one thing though, if you use them around brush, use a 3 way and put em 3 feet or so up the line. They love to bury up and will any chance they get.
4: Use a pair of sharp scissors to snip off the "fan" part of the tail to keep em swimming crazy...works better than a knife.
5: Make sure you let the dorsal spines stick you about 26 times in the middle of the night. The extra blood dripping off your hands acts like chum. At least that what I tell myself.