Do you love big bluegill?
First post here, thanks for the great forum.
Ive been fishing all my life but I've decided this season to concentratre solely on big bluegills, with artificials as primary. There is a ton of good informtion here and Im busy reading what you folks have to say.
But I confess to remaining confused on color selection for bluegill lures. I live in South Carolina and most of the water here is either stained from tannic acid or turbid, like that seen in farm ponds or large impoundments. Less often do you find what might be called clear waters...
So my question drives to each of these conditions. What are the best lure color choices for each of these water types:
And if you were to pick the FIVE top colors, the one you wouldn't be without - which would those be?
I live in SC also. 90% of the bream I've caught were on crickets. I fish for bream mainly in the Stumphole area of Santee. However the largest bream and the largest crappie I've caught were on Bettlespins. Mostly the 1/16 oz. The whitebody with red dot caught the crappie and the lime green with the black stripe caught the bream. I have attempted to attach a picture of the crappie, don't have one of the bream, but he weighed 17 oz, which is a huge bream. Most folks don't realize how big a 1 lb. bream really is.
Thanks for the reply SeaRay.
I have always used crickets, too. I have no problems with these or the other standby's, i.e., worms and the small larvae grubs. I like live bait, just fine.
Heck, I remember once catching a nice catfish on a cricket :)
But, I'm committed to my ask this season. I want to take advantage of the explosion in "micro artificials" seen in the last few years. Ive always been the kinfd of fisherman who grabs his "ready pack" and goes - without a big production or a lot of planning. This trend to micro artificials lends itself perfectly to my style.
You said... "However, the largest bream and the largest crappie I've caught were on Bettlespins. Mostly the 1/16 oz. The whitebody with red dot caught the crappie and the lime green with the black stripe caught the bream...."
I'll be sure to keep some of those on hand. I had planned to gear up with the smallest Beetlespins wireforms anyway, so you've just given me some colors to look out for.
And you are right - a 17 oz. bluegill is a real bull. Ive caught some big blackies in the past, and there are few fish as impressive in a small package as those monster bluegills.
That is also a nice crappie - who is the good looking chap holding him? :)
Thanks for your response.
See, this is a trip right here! I'm originally from Oxnard, California. The first line I can recall dunking in freshwater was in the creeks around Ojai - Wheelers Gorge. trout was the quarry then. We never fished for brim back then.
Okay so I see these:
1. Tiny maribou jigs,
2. Tube jigs
3. Crank baits
Colors - black/pink, chartreuse, shad mimic, white and olive.
This lines up with much of what Ive read about bluegill. I note a tendency towards what I like to call "natural colors": black, white, green, brown, shad-like hues and yellow. The occasional fluoro colors, most notably chartreuse also appear. I dont quite know what to make of these latter ones.
Now David, when I say "fluorescent green", I don't mean "chartreuse". The little sinking Bagley crankbait on the far right in the pic below is the color I am talking about, though the chartreuse on the left has worked at times, I've caught way larger fish on the bright green.
Orange/black and green/black, huh? I'll lay me in a big supply of those!
Its interesting to me that the whole time I grew up in CA we never fished for bluegill... at least no on purpose. My dad was a trout man and we fished the creeks and lakes above Ventura county and Santa Barbara for them. Either that, or salt water fishing. He liked crabbin', too. He died when I was 12 and so we never did get to fish for bluegill together.
Im trying to make up for that!
Okay Jeff fluoro green is not the same as chartreuse - I was thinking of soft baits.
Is there a particular kind of water that fluorescent green is best in?