when using bluegill for bait

Discussion in 'Catfishing Baits' started by slowjamcdub, Nov 17, 2008.

  1. slowjamcdub

    slowjamcdub New Member

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    When usein bluegill for bait do you use a weight and sink them to the bottom???:confused2:
     
  2. motard1

    motard1 New Member

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    Usually. I have used a 3 way swivel,weight on bottom,and a carolina rig. I do it the same with shad also.
     

  3. Ahquabi_Master

    Ahquabi_Master New Member

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    yeah - carolina rig. some people may do differently, but if you give them too much slack they'll find cover and snag you up.
     
  4. brother hilljack

    brother hilljack New Member

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    yes, sometimes it takes a pretty good weight to hold them down, depending on how big your bait is. The carolina or 3-way rig works well
     
  5. ronlyn239

    ronlyn239 New Member

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    My favorite way to fish bluegills for blues is to fillet them and use the fillets or the head. They may get hung up, but it isn't because they swim into the snag. Blues love 'em. I usually cut the ribs off also, leaving a strip. Hook the strip in one end so they flutter in the current.
     
  6. slowjamcdub

    slowjamcdub New Member

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    Guys thanks a lot!!! Soon I will be gettin the big ones, and ill let you all know!!!! thanks for all the help.
     
  7. motard1

    motard1 New Member

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    No problem. Thats what we're here for.
     
  8. john catfish young

    john catfish young New Member

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    I use Live Bluegills for Flatheads and cut bluegills for Bluecats. When fishing for Flatheads....I will use a float and Live Bluegill , as well as a 3-way swivel rig with 4 oz. sinker for the bottom pole. When fishing for Bluecats, I will use a carolina rig with bluegill heads. :big_smile:
     
  9. kenlaw76

    kenlaw76 Well-Known Member

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    When I use gills for Flats, I hook them on the bottom back section of the fish so I don't hit any vitals and he swims more natural. I use about a 12" mono leader and usually a 3 oz. disc sinker. If I am fishing current I hook them in the lips.
     
  10. katkiller77

    katkiller77 New Member

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    I use a 2 or 3 ounce egg sinker with a 40lb swivel and one foot wire leader works well bluegill can swim around with get snagged up very well always hook them in the lips when fishing the great miami rick
     
  11. FATFLATTIE

    FATFLATTIE New Member

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    A carolina rig with a short leader will work best for the live bluegills. The short leader keeps them from getting you snagged quite as much. Just use as much weight as you need to keep him still.
     
  12. PaJay-p

    PaJay-p Guest

    In a high snag area I've used what they call a Santee Cooper rig. I use a three way swivel with a dropper line with a sinker with light mono. On the line with bluegill attach an inline bobber or float. It keeps the bluegill up and you can break off the sinker easily if you snag up.
     
  13. CatfishAngler25

    CatfishAngler25 New Member

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    depending on the size gill i use a 1-2 oz. sinker set up for the gill to fight against it a foot off the bottom. this seems to catch the flats pretty well
     
  14. wolfman

    wolfman Well-Known Member

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    I used them both on the bottom and from a slip bobber rig.
     
  15. lendog

    lendog New Member

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    i keep my sunnies about a foot off the bottom with 2 or 3 oz. weight and on a sinker slide rig
     
  16. fishingva93

    fishingva93 New Member

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    what is a three way swivel
     
  17. TheRiverRat

    TheRiverRat New Member

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    hook through the tail wing it and let'r sit till she clicks
     
  18. TheRiverRat

    TheRiverRat New Member

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    your kidding right :wink: .......RAT
     
  19. massa_blake

    massa_blake New Member

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    I normally use a three oz weight and keep the gills about 5 feet off the bottom
     
  20. brinley45cal

    brinley45cal Active Member

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    yeah i always use a no roll when i cut them up,it just depends how i want to fish them that day.