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Old 02-23-2011, 12:58 PM
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Believe it or not, when I was a kid I used bacon. Stays on the hook for a while too.
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Old 02-23-2011, 02:19 PM
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bread balls, especially in an area where people feed it to ducks and fish. fresh bread stays on the hook best.
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Old 02-23-2011, 04:29 PM
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Trout eggs red or yellow orange come in a bottle at Walmart.
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Old 02-23-2011, 05:34 PM
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If its a size tournament, I'd go with bettle spins and a Mepps #1 or 2.

If quantity, I'll cast another vote for crickets for a bait, but the powerbait sounds tempting for the ease of it. Bring a couple size hooks as too small and you will end up deep hooking many, and too large they can't bite. And bring needle nose pliers for the deep hooked ones.

If he can fish two rods, throw a very small spinner while letting the bait sit. Small spinners fished medium speed will pull in all size bluegills.
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Old 02-23-2011, 05:35 PM
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take a cup or dog or cat food with you to chum them up with
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Old 02-24-2011, 09:52 PM
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Hard to beat a live cricket on a small hook. Let the cricket float along the edge of the bank.
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Old 02-25-2011, 04:05 AM
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I took a bunch of kids and used the bread ball method. Clean, easy and very productive! Have you thought about using a Sabiki rig? Talk about an advantage!
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Old 02-25-2011, 05:24 PM
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For a 6 year old go with the crickets and worms. He may have move fun playing with the bait than fishing. Sounds like FUN!
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Old 02-25-2011, 07:41 PM
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also forgot - meal worms and maggots
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Old 02-27-2011, 05:57 AM
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Thanks for all of the responses. I went armed with worms, corn, bread, Berkley PowerBait, crickets and a handful of artificials to include a fly nymph and twister tails. Caught zero fish despite being at a very likely location.

Overall it was a slow day .... 50 young anglers caught a total of 8 fish. All were small bass caught on live shiners.

I'll know for next time. Fortunately my son won a small tackle box full of soft-bodied artificials and he is as happy as a clam.
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Old 02-27-2011, 09:56 AM
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When I was a kid, my go-to bluegill lure was a Rebel Crickhopper.

http://www.cabelas.com/product/Fishi...3Bcat104284080
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Originally Posted by outlaw gunner View Post
take a cup or dog or cat food with you to chum them up with
This works amazingly well - For my son I use a scoop of hard dog food - like Pedigree - it floats on top and the fish go crazy and you see where to put your hook. Worms pieces work great - bread balls too

Make sure to bring the camera - It does not get any better than the smile on a young one's face when his bailing the fish!

Oops - saw it already occurred. Better Luck Next Time!

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Originally Posted by chrisrack View Post
Fortunately my son won a small tackle box full of soft-bodied artificials and he is as happy as a clam.
And this my friends, is all that matters in the end!
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Old 02-27-2011, 12:35 PM
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I grew up on local farm ponds catching bluegill. Red worms worked well. Also, I would pull down a horse weed and take a pocket knife and cut it in half up the middle. There is almost always a grub in the middle that burrows from the bottom of the weed to the top. Those little grubs worked the best. I never had any luck using crickets.

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