What bait should I use for Bluegills?

Discussion in 'Bluegill Fishing' started by Junior42, Mar 16, 2008.

  1. Junior42

    Junior42 New Member

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    I usually use meal worms. All I catch with those is very small bluegills. What would I use to catch a fare size one?
     
  2. SkipEye

    SkipEye Well-Known Member

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    Hard to beat minnows or worms!
     

  3. alpal16

    alpal16 New Member

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    I would have to say go with cut nightcrawlers on a float---I usually catch the bigger ones that way
     
  4. flathunter

    flathunter New Member

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    I use waxworms they seem to do the job.
     
  5. fichere

    fichere New Member

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    if u n a boat drift bank & use grey cricks !!!
     
  6. jjfisher666

    jjfisher666 New Member

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    worms big ones leave a little wiggling off the end can i have them little ones for bait
     
  7. firechief4201

    firechief4201 New Member

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    Adam don't fish in with your dad and you will catch more fish.:smile2:
     
  8. Junior42

    Junior42 New Member

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    Yeah well, that's probly true.:big_smile:
     
  9. leupy

    leupy New Member

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    Judging from the photo on your post I would have say you should be telling the rest of us what bait you use but until you give up your secrets I will stick with night crawlers pinched in small pieces and crickets when I can get them.
     
  10. arkrivercatman

    arkrivercatman New Member

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    Hard to beat worms. They are free and catch a lot of bluegill for me, big and small.
     
  11. Junior42

    Junior42 New Member

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    In that photo I caught 54 striper bass in two hours. I can hardly belive it myself. I caght all those on a 1in baby shad lure.
     
  12. brother hilljack

    brother hilljack New Member

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    try using some nightcrawlers or "tobacco" worms. I have had good success with them also.
     
  13. Cornhusker

    Cornhusker New Member

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    For me wax-worms is the bluegill bait.

    A size 6 Eagle Claw Circle Hook with no offset on the point.

    A bobber about the size of a half dollar.

    I sometimes have to fish a spot for a while just throwing the little ones back. Seems that the bigger fish are below the little ones and until you get them worked up so they push the little one out of the way you are stuck with the little ones.

    Don't be afraid to change the distance from your bobber to the hook. Sometimes those lazy buggers just won't raise up after the bait. Cast out and let it set a short while then VERY, VERY slowly reel in a bit of line to move your bait.
     
  14. Whistler

    Whistler Well-Known Member

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    Wait! I thought I just saw a Cornhusker here! Could it be? LOL I'll be! I thought you had disappeared you old duffer! Good to see you posting!
     
  15. MUDD CATT

    MUDD CATT New Member

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    what has worked really well for me is sweet corn out of the can on a size 8 panfish hook and a floater blue gill and any other sunfish will tear it up..
     
  16. Cornhusker

    Cornhusker New Member

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    Aaaaahhhhh Now Bryan you darn good and well that there are some things in life you just can't get rid of. Ya know, kinda like prickly heat and poison ivy. Irritating as He$$ but not all that dangerous.

    Kinda like me and Jesse that Reb from South of me.:big_smile: :smile2:
     
  17. Brendin0702

    Brendin0702 New Member

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    Yeah use any worm or cricket with a bobber.
     
  18. SSgt Fishslayer

    SSgt Fishslayer New Member

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    nightcrawlers, crickets and grasshoppers will work for the bigguns.
     
  19. Philiagorillia

    Philiagorillia New Member

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    I always, use tiny pieces of hotdogs, boloney and meal worms mainly
     
  20. boswifedeb

    boswifedeb USCA Jailhouse Lawyer

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    Hi Adam! I almost always use good ole nightcrawlers. But the real secret is to use about half the worm and make sure there isn't any hanging off. Make them work for it. Bluegill are notorious thieves and if you leave any hanging off, the little boogers will rob you blind. I'm new to catfishing, but I'm the queen of bluegill around here!!:wink::smile2:
    Debbie