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Old 02-23-2011, 06:08 AM
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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?
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Old 02-23-2011, 06:11 AM
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red worms or crickets
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Old 02-23-2011, 06:23 AM
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If you have to use artificial then beetle spins work great
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Old 02-23-2011, 06:28 AM
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Small leadhead's with chartreuse curly tail.
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Old 02-23-2011, 06:49 AM
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Live worms are hard to beat.



Tiny Rapalas work well too

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Old 02-23-2011, 07:00 AM
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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.
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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.
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Old 02-23-2011, 07:06 AM
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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.
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I have insane luck using a SMALL weighted hairs ear nymph slowly retrieved behind a casting bubble...they go nutty for it.
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Great suggestions ...... far more good advice than I anticipated.

Artificials can be used but not required.
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Originally Posted by davidkuhlmann View Post
red worms or crickets
Originally Posted by outlaw gunner View Post
beetle spins work great
Whole kernel corn.
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Old 02-23-2011, 08:55 AM
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Bread balls that are flat on the hook.
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Originally Posted by chin View Post
Bread balls that are flat on the hook.
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the tighter you pinch them the better

have fun with the youngin
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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.
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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!
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Originally Posted by Dulcecita Lures View Post
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.
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Also, get some Berkley spray or paste scent.
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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
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Dynamite.
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Can whole cornel sweet corn. Cheap and easy and my wife will even bait her own hook
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