Do you love big bluegill?
Does anyone go down below 2lb test line? If so, what kind and where are you buying it?
I have .75 lb. line that I am preparing, but I don't use it for bluegills. The good line is imported and it comes from Italy or Japan. While it is thinner than USA lines - it is nearly 1/3 stronger than it's shelf competitor. I will be working on premium panfish line to make available 1 - 4 lb. premium line this Winter so that you have it for Spring because NO ONE carries anything but the boat rope.
I tried Ice Fishing "Premium" lines and they too are horrible, brittle and of poor quality. I would not trust these to baby bluegill-fishing with my kids. For live bait anglers, we get to use "lure lines" built to get your crank bait back from underneath a bolder wrapped around a pier. This stuff is great to pull your gear through heavy weeds- but not to catch fish. It's the pits.
YES- I use 1.5 lb. leaders frequently - but the good stuff and it is not from here, but it will be.
Once you get to the end of that line - well, hooks are a similar story but not near as bad as the line. I like Gamakatsu mosquito hooks in the size 14 - that is a pretty good hook if you can find it stocked. With a proper line and a light wire hook, you now have a slow-falling bait and the ultimate temptation to the bluegill - food falling front the surface like in nature! Light and tempting.
I like the thought process in asking about the line- but if you get an answer that "yes" I use 1 lb. ice fishing leader- that is not the solution in the majority of line manufacturers that you will hear back.
Here we go again.....
Darn those USA tackle manufacturers, they must surely be the epitome of corporate evil...it's no wonder we can't catch a nice mess of big Bluegill anymore, when we're handicapped by this atrocious equipment they're putting out....
A quick look through the photo section of this site will reveal literally THOUSANDS of big bluegill, 99% of which I would wager have been caught on this sub-par American gear.
How can this be??
Maybe, it has something to do with the style of fishing practiced by the majority of anglers that I am familiar with. When I walk up to a spot on the water, I know it's not my only spot... I'm free to move if the fish are uncooperative, or just too small for my tastes. Just because I haven't caught a fish in one spot, doesn't mean I won't catch one 50 yards further down the bank. I won't spend much time and effort trying to fool the fish, or draw them in to me, when I can just go find them.
Kinda' reminds me of squirrel hunting. If you spook one up in a tree, he'll just hunker down and quit moving, and wait for you to leave. You can't see him, so you don't have a shot. Now what? Do you stay put, knowing there's a squirrel in that tree that you might get a shot at sometime, or do you move on down the trail, aware that the next tree might have 5 in it? For me, it's a no brainer.... I'm moving. It's the same with bluegill fishing. Equipment is important, but in these stained midwestern ponds with 18" visibility, it's not at the top of my list for success. The top spot is occupied by location... you can't catch big bluegill if there aren't any in the pond. Time to try someplace else.
Maybe I'm just lucky, but I don't find the bluegill I'm catching to be that particular on my choice of line size, (4lb), or brand, in the summer. Winter is another story. When the visibility increases to 8-10', I will use 1lb test, and size 16 tungsten jigs. The conditions dictate the equipment, there is no one "right" line or hooks. And therein lies what I think is the key. I believe that the conditions faced by many of the anglers on this forum may not require the level of finesse that has been discussed here. I know I don't have any problems with my off -the- shelf American gear.
I have enough trouble seeing and tying 4lb test
Well stick with the 4 lb. - but if you can see it - they can see it.
I do most of my tying on the workbench with a bright light and for my leaders I am prepping for the World Championships, there is no way I could do without the bright light and work space. On the water I only deal with a loop - to - loop to connect a new leader.. Just my opinion Trilene might be the worst line on the planet, but I am spoiled, I have great line from our team. Also - If I am not mistaken - 12 oz. is very heavy for a jig.