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worms for me I think worms are the all around bait I have caught just about all species with worms no flatties yet
 

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normally crickets or wigglers, but ran out of bait the other day with the kids. tied red yarn on their hooks and caught about twelve ....lol.
 

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i have to go with worms. if i want crickets i must catch them myself and they are not out that long around here.
 

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I like the old dig um up out back worm but recently found out thoses bream love meal worms. Blue gill are less deliberate but a shellcraker will suck them up like candy.
This is a joke--I prayed for big worms out of the yeard and the local bait store supplied my needs after I duge my wifes petunia beds compleatly up.
 

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I use bee moths most of the time but night crawlers
are very effective too. I think crickets work well
but as others have mentioned I think they're a bit
of a hassle.The nice thing about gills is that
they're not real picky when it comes to eating and
you've got to love that!!!
 

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My favorite is when she gets good and dry and the first minature grasshoppers start showing up Im there with net and lookout gills cause I know you cant resist!!! second choice tiniest hook I can find and a piece of tin foil on sunny day:tounge_out:
 

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I use a small piece of night crawler. Catches just as many fish as crickets but you don't have to rebait as often. As for articial use a small johnsons Beetle spin in Black with chatreuse stripes or Orange with black stripes
 

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I use half a wiggler threaded on the hook w/ about 1/2 inch left off to sqirm. They don't steal your worm as much that way.
 

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Redworms is my first choice then the crickets.I will also throw the old beetle spin in the mix too :wink::big_smile:
 

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I usually use crickets, but you guys have definitely given me some more ideas. Chicken hearts? I would have never thought of that one for bream.
 

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any of the things mentioned and probably every thing else.But for a hook use a small jig head hook. and probably a small artificial spinner bait personally I dont think you would hook them as deep and kill them. with a spinner bait.Catch 30 or 40 start hunting Mr. Flathead. thanks alot Sam Davis.
 

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in order Gold crappie nibs(convenient), crawlers(easy to aquire), garden worms(cheap), bacon (in the fridge). I catch blugill for bait as the rest of you(although they are yummy), these 4 never fail.
 
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