Just had a quick question. I never thought about using crickets before for bluegill but what a great idea. I might have to try it next time I go. Just a quick question.
Where do you hook crickets?
I have never used them before but I am willing to trying it out and see what I can catch. Let me know
Try this for the black cricket supplier. Dump all your unused crickets at the end of the fishing trip in your yard somewhere. They supposedly only live a 12 day life span anyhow, and feeding and watering them till next trip is usually an effort in futility. I started freeing mine and I'm starting to see tons of black crickets everywhere now. Then send the kids or grandkids or neighbors kids out on a science gathering mission. There are usually 2 or 3 under anything you can turn over . Instead of paying them to do it, charge them 3 cents a cricket for the cricket hunting fee. Even if they don't catch gills as well as the store bought kind, THEY PAID YOU!
Jeff, I'm thinking the gills see your backward bouncing cricket jig as a tiny crawfish. Do you usually fish in 10 ft water or less? I think of crawfish as shallow water fish food. I don't know why I think that, I could be wrong.
I'd be interested in seeing your cricket jigging in action. How about a video of the hooking, the tackle, the casting, the tells (I've never fished a jig).
Yes, that's the reason that I started hooking them backwards. But with the Bluegill that I have cleaned and checked their stomach contents, almost all of them had the remains of something very dark, probably aquatic insects and worms and most definitely damselfly and dragonfly larva, which I think the backwards crickets might resemble more so than crawfish. I don't think I have yet to see any crawfish remains in Bluegill stomachs. I have seen them in Redear Sunfish though.
We usually fish no shallower than 8 feet, especially now with all the summertime weeds and moss. The "average" depth where I have caught most of the large BGs is maybe about 12 ft. But we fish on down into 20 to 30 ft sometimes too. As for a video, it would be fun to make one, but I do much of my fishing from a float tube, so it will be a little tough to do.
Scott, stick the end of the bream hook in his HINNY-HOLE and thread it through him and imbed it into his HEAD from the inside ,this is a Guarenteed set up, i use it in the river lake and boy do they pound him!!!!!!!!!