Since Josh had me going back to days past, I happened to come across a few trips back when I fished for spawning 'gills. (Just a personal preference, but I prefer to stay away from active bedding areas nowadays)
One of my favorite ways of presenting bait to these fish was with a 20' telescoping pole.
No reel, no eyelets (minus the tip), and just a section of line.
Walk along the shoreline, and just vertically present a bait right smack in front of a 'gill. It was very rare that you wouldn't get an instant response.
While it doesn't get used for 'gills as much anymore, the pole does still get applied to "the other" panfish family members - great tool for plucking crappie from inside wood structure.
Anyone else enjoy the simple life?