Where to hook bluegills for catfishing?

Discussion in 'Flathead Catfish' started by Bassmaster9863, Aug 17, 2009.

  1. Bassmaster9863

    Bassmaster9863 New Member

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    i have tried hooking bluegills everywhere..... but what are ur guys fav place to hook live gills thanx in advance
     
  2. catman79

    catman79 New Member

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    i hook mine under the dorsal,i cut off some of the dorsal and some of the tail
     

  3. saros2500

    saros2500 New Member

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    current- nose
    no current- under dorsal

    i take a knife and scrape some scales off the side of my gills, expose some pores and get some oil in the water
     
  4. Catfish_Scooter

    Catfish_Scooter New Member

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    Just right below the dorsal fin..
     
  5. rcbbracing

    rcbbracing New Member

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    under the dorsal if im fishing under a float and in the nose if on the bottom...
     
  6. Bassmaster9863

    Bassmaster9863 New Member

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    thanks guys on average when hooked under the dorsal how long does a gill live? i used sum 3 to 4 inch gills today and they barely lived 45 min.... im using a 8/0 circle hook
     
  7. Mr. Foster

    Mr. Foster New Member

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    Ive had the same gill stay alive 6-8 hours many a time. Wasnt great fishing, but it survived, and I CPRd it, lol.
     
  8. rocco641

    rocco641 New Member

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    I always hook gills under the dorsal and I dont loose to many gills. Just make sure you match hook size to gill size,so you dont wear them down.
     
  9. Overkil

    Overkil New Member

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    between the dorsal and the tail...
     
  10. saros2500

    saros2500 New Member

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    If i don't get a hit on one of my baits, it almost always goes back to my bait tank and starts swimming around again. If your bait is dying, maybe the temp. difference between your bait tank and the water you are fishing is too great. The fish could get temp. shocked when they go from a chilly bait tank to warm water. Try to match the temp. once you get to the water. Icing your bait is great to keep them alive but you gotta slowly bring that water back to normal once you start fishin
     
  11. chad69dart

    chad69dart New Member

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    under the dorsal for a cork.

    Lower part of the tail for bottom in no current

    in the mouth for the bottom in current

    For me if there is no hit on him live he becomes cut bait. I let all of the ones left in the live well go at the end of the trip.
     
  12. Bassmaster9863

    Bassmaster9863 New Member

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    thanx guys im 4 the info
     
  13. WhoJosh

    WhoJosh New Member

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    Under the dorsal fin.
     
  14. 1mickymoo

    1mickymoo New Member

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    what he said
     
  15. USCA-RECLAIMED-ACCOUNT

    USCA-RECLAIMED-ACCOUNT New Member

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    Behind the dorsal and a 1/2 inch down.:wink:.45 minutes aint a bad time to get out of a gill.
     
    Last edited: Aug 20, 2009
  16. Arkatoothis

    Arkatoothis New Member

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    The bad thing about hookin gthem in the ips is sometimes when ya set the hook it buries in the bluegill's head. Frustrating since big flatties eat head first and its just somthin ya gotta deal with in stiff current situations. When I fish below Bellville Or Racine locks i use breakaway sinkers tied on with light line (12lb test) cause the current yanks it everywhere anyway lips or dorsal.