Do you love big bluegill?
How many of you enjoy or have even tried trolling for big Bluegills? How do you specifically target Bluegills? I routinely troll with smaller tackle just to have fun catching fish. I catch Bluegills but not with any regularity.
I like trolling small and ultra/micro light crank-baits that dive 4-8 feet. I generally use my electric motor but have really enjoyed making use of a drift-sock lately.
I bet you wouldn’t even believe how many keeper size Saugeyes (18” or longer) we catch trying to find a school of super-size sunfish. We commonly use a three-way swivel with one leg to the reel, one on lighter line with a non-lead sinker on a dropper, and the crank trailing behind on the third. We can get down to nearly any depth by gauging our speed or by how much line we let out. We catch a lot of catfish this way as well.
What are your tips, tricks and techniques for really keying in on big Bluegills or Red-ears when trolling?
Greg, I know Kaw REALLY well! I did quite a bit of the data collection for the "Before Hydro-electric and After Hydro-electric" Research in the mid and late 80's. I've fished and duck hunted that place from Trappers Bend and Kaw City to the Old Highway bridge below the dam. I even did a 3 day float from there down to Keystone. We used to fly-fish for stripers and hybrids where the Salt Fork of the Arkansas and the Chikaskia come together.
WOW! That really brings back the college memories! Working Creel Stations all night, fish for the two hours either side of sun-up and being back in Stillwater for class by 9 o'clock. Labs till 5 p.m. Pizza for supper and back up to the lake by 8 p.m. to work a 10 hour shift. I actually managed to study and graduate in there somewhere.
I know of where you speak, in reference to those gentel (or not so) prairie breezes. I've caught many a fish on a drift with a sinking line in that spot. I will definitly holler when I can get headed that way.
Hey Bruce, That sounds like a GREAT technique! I will be sure and give it a try. I bet the Saugeyes won't be able leave it alone either. Have you ever tried this with a really small Roadrunner jig? I just wonder if the spinner might help in our turbid water?
How deep is the water where you generally use this method? I have worked water anywhere from 3 to 16 or 18 feet deep and still managed to pick up sunfish. Of course Red-ears are more prevelant at the lower depths.
Thanks again for the advice. It will get used on my next trip out.
LotF,R - From Greg's comments it seems that he may have spent some time in Stillwater, Ok as well! I was always a George's Stables kind of guy, Greg. There and Tumbleweeds BEFORE it went Hip-Hop (I can remember when it was nothing but pick-ups in the parking lot).
I would be happy to share a boat with a Sooner. We could discuss how much we dislike Texas! The team, not the State in general :)
Sounds like quite a few folks use the slow-troll method. Has anyone used any of the wire "bottom-walker" type sinkers for sunfish? I figure I could make some light weight ones from stiff wire and crimp-on split shot.
Thanks to everyone for the tips and advice!