Bluegill - Big Bluegill

Do you love big bluegill?

Taking inventory on my methodology of B.Gill/Pan fishing I recently have abandoned the one-line approach to my set-ups and reduced bait types and numbers. I currently fish with more line-type  and setups than different baits. My current jig inventory is down to (3) or (4) different jigs and Gulp Pink Waxies for 90% of my fishing trips.

  • 1). Power minnow
  • 2.) Lil Minnow
  • 3.) Apex Shad 1.0” (actually measures close to 1.5")
  • 4) Spring Cricket
  • 5) Gulp Waxies

My line types-applications include:

  • 1) Monofilament – Super- Line spool backing, Kids spinning rigs
  • 2) Nano – Long/Casting UL jigs
  • 3) GLISS - Long/Casting UL jigs
  • 4) Braid – Drop Shotting
  • 5) Ice Braid/Micro Braid – Slip/Float/Waxie
  • 6) Florocarbon- Vertical Jigging/Ice Fishing

I was just curious what everyone else’s approach to panfishing when it comes to fishing line types… there is no right or wrong answer only personal preferences fishermen are willing to share.… there is no right or wrong answer only personal preferences fishermen are willing to share.

Views: 396

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

I use mono for everything except crankbaits. Braid is currently spooled on the crankbaits rod.

I use 4# Co-polymer line.

I have to ask..... of the 5 jigs you list... which is the #1 bluegill catcher?

Until just this season jigs were not the most popular B.Gill tagging method for me… drop shotting and slip floating were the favorites loaded with Pink Gulp.

 My attention then turned to Long-Casting the UL swim jigs with slick coated super lines at 80-90% ice-out here mid march with the b.gills/panfish on the Apex Minnow and a clipped 2” Power minnow down to 1.5-1.75”. The popular jig weight at the time was 1/32 oz.

When early summer approached realizing the productivity I was having on the long-casting/jigs I tied some Spring-Crickets and tagged my first B.Gill over the 10” mark with it … lol… that became my favorite for awhile.

While clipping some Power Minnows down to shorter lengths I did a search on EBAY for alternative for shorter jerk bait type tails and found a source. The manufacturer has no name for it so I call it the Lil Minnow. I literally hammered the fish on its initial testing and debut vertically jigging and Long-Casting it. First fish I tagged was a jumbo 9” plus B.Gill… so since then it has become the top-gun in my arsenal seemingly tagging everything in its path.

Last night was the first trip it was out produced by another bait... the Apex Minnow. It seemed we had to make longer casts to tag the fish.

Tony is it because of the no stretch quality of braid that you use it for the crank bait rod ? What is your reasoning here ?

Crankbaits weakening mono to a great degree i guess might be the reason to go with something else .I generally up the test of mono for crank baits .

To be honest, its just because I tried the braid on my slip float rig and didn't like it. hated to waste it, so I put it on the crank rod.

   I have a surplus of mono still so most of my reels are spooled with that but recently have spooled up two reels with Pline copolymer .I have a 15# test (4# test dia.) , Power Pro line I havens used yet and am trying to decide it's best application before spooling .I also have a spool of Flourocarbon and some spider wire I still am not sure what to do with . I have used mono for so long and am slow to change I guess.

  How deep do you dropshot Slip and why do you use braid?  I have been vertical Jigging 15-18 feet this year and doing well with the less stretch Pline copolymer. I rarely find myself fishing deeper than 20 feet on bottom in the three or four lakes I've been fishing.

I fish micro braids on two of my methods slip/float and drop shotting.

When slip/floating It is tough and slices thru lily pad stalks when fighting over sized fish

When adjusting the slip float knot it abraids the coating surface on Nano and GLISS so I avoid their uses for for slip/floating.

When drop shotting I throw the bait into or next to a lot of cover … rocks, rubble, heavy weedlines, stumpfields etc. braid is the toughest line in production right now. It has the best knot strength of any line type so when snagged straightening of the hook is the most common result.

 

Can't wait until my order of LiL Minnows arrive.  

Work can wait until I try them out thoroughly. 

You've thought your conditions and techniques out well Slip .Fishing hats off to you.

Does braid affect the catch rate, over a clear mono-type line?  I don't want to tie lines together. 

thanks John... as you all know i really love this sport and i have also been accused of doing a little micro managing... lol

RSS

Latest Activity

Jeffrey D. Abney commented on Jeffrey D. Abney's photo
Thumbnail

Crappie on the Left, Bluegill on the Right......5/16/2021

"Caught Saturday and on the menu Sunday........never gets old.........."
10 hours ago
Jeffrey D. Abney commented on Jeffrey D. Abney's photo
10 hours ago
Jeffrey D. Abney commented on Jeffrey D. Abney's photo
Thumbnail

Black Crappie Daily Double.....5/15/2021

"Thanks Dick! Looking for a warm up here so the gills will pile up shallow....."
10 hours ago
dick tabbert commented on Jeffrey D. Abney's photo
yesterday
dick tabbert commented on Jose mejia's photo
Thumbnail

20210514_180441

"Awesome picture."
yesterday
dick tabbert commented on Jeffrey D. Abney's photo
yesterday
dick tabbert commented on Jeffrey D. Abney's photo
Thumbnail

Homemade Hush Puppies and Melted Butter.....5/16/2021

"There you go Jeff making me hungry."
yesterday
dick tabbert commented on Troy Dorman's photo
yesterday
dick tabbert commented on Troy Dorman's photo
Thumbnail

20210516_135547

"Great red ear."
yesterday
dick tabbert commented on Troy Dorman's photo
Thumbnail

20210516_160621

"Looks like the red ears are active. Great job."
yesterday
Troy Dorman posted photos
yesterday
Jeffrey D. Abney posted photos
yesterday
Jose mejia posted photos
yesterday
Jose mejia posted photos
yesterday
Jeffrey D. Abney commented on Jose mejia's photo
Thumbnail

20210514_180425

"This is my favorite size bluegill to eat......"
yesterday
Jeffrey D. Abney commented on Jose mejia's photo
Thumbnail

20210514_180102

"Pretty gill Jose!"
yesterday
Jeffrey D. Abney commented on Jeffrey D. Abney's photo
Thumbnail

Black Crappie Scattered.....5/15/2021

"The crappie today have moved off of spawning locations in the shallow and on to area flats of five…"
Saturday
Jeffrey D. Abney commented on Jeffrey D. Abney's photo
Thumbnail

Scenic Albemarle- Flooded Cypress in Griffin Swamp, N.C.

"I hear you Bruce.....catching fish is important but just getting out in these places is very…"
Saturday
Jeffrey D. Abney commented on Jeffrey D. Abney's photo
Thumbnail

Great Blue Heron Perched Above the Flooded Cypress Flats....5/15/2021

"This area of flooded trees is about one acre with a normal water depth of two to three feet and it…"
Saturday
Jeffrey D. Abney posted photos
Saturday

© 2021   Created by Bluegill.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service