Bluegill - Big Bluegill

Do you love big bluegill?

New member checking in here. I’m with a senior fishing club in Colorado that takes a lot of kids fishing in groups. Because of the numbers and experience levels, we’ve kind of fallen into a routine of rigging up spincast gear with 8-pound mono, with small hooks, a bobber and pieces of night crawler. The results are predictable as they’d be with most inexperienced anglers:  usually good results with small bluegill, but with way too many caught only after the fish has swallowed the hook. We crimp the barbs, but what I want to push for is flies and jigs only, maybe scented.

 I’ve read available literature on reducing mortality and such. Does anyone else have experience with managing large numbers of kids and catch and release? We also run a fishing derby for residents of assisted living centers, with similar issues:  too many fish caught only after they’ve had the chance to swallow the bait.  Appreciate any suggestions. I’m under the belief that at minimum using small jigs will be better than bare hooks rigged up with split shot and such, and we can occasionally slip the bait past the immature Bluegill’s and attract a few bigger ones.

Views: 206

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

Welcome aboard Bill!

What a great gesture getting kids and fishing together!

I take my G’Kids and Earl’s boy fishing a lot and I have been using a very simple solution to exactly that same problem. i rig the kids rods with circle hooks with nearly 100% success rate on live catch and release. When I personally fish multiple slip float rigs out there at one time to increase my catch ratio the extra rods incorporate the circle hook. I love them!

One of the toughest things to teach a kid when fishing is setting the hook… with the circle hook all you have to do is reel in and the hook automatically sets … awesome.

It is also a safer hook to fish with kids when relating to a self inflicting hook set.

When it comes to safety I also have the kids wear sunglasses at all times… good luck!

HEY BILL !!  WELCOME TO BBG SITE !!   CHECK OUT;; JEFFERY ABNEY;S BLOG ;;   JIG FISHING WITH FLOATS !!  JEFFERY IS  A KING;; WHEN IT COMES TO FISHING WITH JIGS !

Just the kind of advice I was hoping for fellows. I’ll give this a lot more thought. Bill;

i generally use Eagle Claw #8-#12

Image result for eagle claw circle hooks

RSS

Latest Activity

Jeffrey D. Abney posted a photo

Another Nice Male on the Popeye Jig…….8/18/2022

Summer winding down quickly….be shifting to fall techniques very soon….
20 hours ago
Jeffrey D. Abney posted photos
20 hours ago
Jeffrey D. Abney posted a status
"Got a few hours out this afternoon on a nice day…..bagged a limit of gills and for the first time in my life, mouth hooked several mullets.."
20 hours ago
John Sheehan commented on John Sheehan's photo
Thumbnail

24in Trolled

"Thanks Dick ! Not sure this is the 24 " I caught but the 24 " slammed it hard .A great…"
yesterday
dick tabbert commented on John Sheehan's photo
yesterday
Jeffrey D. Abney commented on Jeffrey D. Abney's photo
Thumbnail

Good Box of Tidal Crappie and Bonus Channel Cat……..8/16/2022

"Love them Bruce …….not discussed here a lot but I eat farm raised channel catfish…"
yesterday
Jeffrey D. Abney commented on Jeffrey D. Abney's photo
Thumbnail

Good Box of Tidal Crappie and Bonus Channel Cat……..8/16/2022

"Thanks John……just a great fighting fish…and tasty too….."
yesterday
Bruce Tomaselli commented on Jeffrey D. Abney's photo
Wednesday
John Sheehan commented on Jeffrey D. Abney's photo
Wednesday
John Sheehan commented on John Sheehan's photo
Thumbnail

24inMiddle N Trolled

"Thanks Jeff been too long .This day is what we needed!"
Wednesday
Jeffrey D. Abney commented on John Sheehan's photo
Thumbnail

24inMiddle N Trolled

"Very nice day on the water…..quality fish…..crappie slabbage……congrats…"
Wednesday
John Sheehan posted photos
Tuesday
Jeffrey D. Abney posted a photo

Good Box of Tidal Crappie and Bonus Channel Cat……..8/16/2022

We’ve had multiple cold fronts back to back…..and accompanying rainfall which has pushed our…
Tuesday
Jeffrey D. Abney commented on Jeffrey D. Abney's photo
Thumbnail

Cody Goes Coppernose….8/14/2022

"Thanks Bruce and John, we enjoyed a very comfortable morning with a good bite…..I might have…"
Monday
John Sheehan commented on Jeffrey D. Abney's photo
Thumbnail

Cody Goes Coppernose….8/14/2022

"Nice work Jeff and Cody!"
Monday
Bruce Tomaselli commented on Jeffrey D. Abney's photo
Monday
Jeffrey D. Abney posted photos
Sunday
Jeffrey D. Abney posted a photo

Cody Tagged a Nice Warmouth…8/14/2022

Everything caught on live cricket tipped jigs ….surface temperatures down to 77 in this creek,…
Sunday
Jeffrey D. Abney posted a photo

Several Doubles This Morning….8/14/2022

I enjoyed seeing Cody figure out the pattern this morning…
Sunday
Jeffrey D. Abney posted photos
Sunday

© 2022   Created by Bluegill.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service