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chrisrack 02-23-2011 06:08 AM

Bluegill Bait
 
My 6 yo son is entered in a freshwater tournament this weekend. He is super excited and the contest and wants to do well. I have little experience with bait fishing in freshwater. What is a prefered bait for bluegills?

davidkuhlmann 02-23-2011 06:11 AM

red worms or crickets

outlaw gunner 02-23-2011 06:23 AM

If you have to use artificial then beetle spins work great

Triton8273 02-23-2011 06:28 AM

Small leadhead's with chartreuse curly tail.

Paul Barnard 02-23-2011 06:49 AM

Live worms are hard to beat.

http://i55.photobucket.com/albums/g1...d/DSC00671.jpg

Tiny Rapalas work well too

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jaybyrd83ecu 02-23-2011 07:00 AM

The worms, the crickets, the beetle spins, small minnows too. With the live bait vary your depth and get close to structure. Banks, docks, overhanging trees, debris in the water. Use small gold hooks was what my grandpa always swore by. Tournament fishing for bluegills! Hope he walks away with a nice prize.:thumbsup:

GAangler 02-23-2011 07:03 AM

In my experience crickets are the absolute best for bluegill. Second choice would be red wigglers (or some other type of worm where you live).

If it's artificial only, then I'll have to agree with the beetle spin or small grub/jig combo recommendations too.

Have fun with your son.

cranford taxidermy 02-23-2011 07:06 AM

Heck bluegills even chicken liver works. My job for 30 years was taking school field trips fishing, try taking 40 kids fishing at once. We used redworms and liver with lots of success.

sbd 02-23-2011 07:28 AM

I have insane luck using a SMALL weighted hairs ear nymph slowly retrieved behind a casting bubble...they go nutty for it.

chrisrack 02-23-2011 07:32 AM

Great suggestions ...... far more good advice than I anticipated.

Artificials can be used but not required.

A Few Dollars 02-23-2011 08:03 AM


Originally Posted by davidkuhlmann (Post 3554928)
red worms or crickets


Originally Posted by outlaw gunner (Post 3554956)
beetle spins work great

Whole kernel corn.

chin 02-23-2011 08:55 AM

Bread balls that are flat on the hook.

Fla4life 02-23-2011 09:34 AM


Originally Posted by chin (Post 3555330)
Bread balls that are flat on the hook.

x2

the tighter you pinch them the better

have fun with the youngin :thumbsup:

Ryan H. 02-23-2011 09:36 AM

Worms, small crickets, if you don't want live bait, Berkley makes a powerbait in multiple colors that is the size of a pea and shaped like a marshmallow, don't remember what their called, but they work great and come in kid freindly colors like bright yellow, pink, bright green, etc. I'd stick with pinched off pieces of worm on a small hook close to docks and structure. small light bobber and split shot. Depending on water temp, I'd start 8-12 inches off bottom and work up until you find them.

Dulcecita Lures 02-23-2011 12:17 PM

The absolute BEST panfish bait I've ever used might be a bit hard to come by at this time of the year. Heck, it's hard to come by when it is available. Maybe not so much hard, but potentially painful -- wasp larvae. Yep, we'd check around the barn and old buildings until we found a paper wasp nest, knock it down with a stick or stone, grab it and run like hell!

Very nice bait container, actually. Just peel back the paper, pick out an unhatched wasp and put him on the hook, drop it in the water. Fish on every time!

Paul Barnard 02-23-2011 12:32 PM


Originally Posted by Dulcecita Lures (Post 3555836)
The absolute BEST panfish bait I've ever used might be a bit hard to come by at this time of the year. Heck, it's hard to come by when it is available. Maybe not so much hard, but potentially painful -- wasp larvae. Yep, we'd check around the barn and old buildings until we found a paper wasp nest, knock it down with a stick or stone, grab it and run like hell!

Very nice bait container, actually. Just peel back the paper, pick out an unhatched wasp and put him on the hook, drop it in the water. Fish on every time!

Yep, and grubs too.

cedarholm 02-23-2011 12:34 PM

Also, get some Berkley spray or paste scent.

FishinFreak22 02-23-2011 12:34 PM

I like night crawlers. But dont laugh my favorite bait is the left overs from my refrigerator. The fat from bacon works very well but the best has to be buttered noddles

seawayva 02-23-2011 12:38 PM

Dynamite.

JaxKat 02-23-2011 12:53 PM

Can whole cornel sweet corn. Cheap and easy and my wife will even bait her own hook


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