Do you love big bluegill?
Here where I live most places are of the water is clear this year and full of grass, weeds and moss. Any good tips.
The only thing I can think of is to suspend your bait or jig with a slip-float, with the bait riding just above the top of the weeds/moss/grass.
I have a similar lake that I take my kids to, clear, lots of weeds/moss/grass, and that's how we fish it from the bank.
I have used a jigging pole and dropped my bait through the holes in the moss and weeds. If they are not all the way on the surface, a slip float and a regular rod will work well, like Allan said.
Thanks guys i'll try it.
There are these frogs from Creme...you can usually find them at wally world, or at gander mountain sometimes...they are weedless. But they sink, instead of staying on the top of the water, and what's worse, the hook-up ratio is basically non-existent. Actually, after telling you all this, I don't even know why I took the time to tell you about them. But for how cheap they are, I dont know, maybe you should give them a try. There are some jigs that have weed guards, but the bad news is that I haven't been able to find ANY that have a vertical line tie that is in the FRONT of the lure...that keeps it from getting hung up in the weeds (i'm talking about similar to a weedless flipping jig that one would use for bass). The angle of the line tie is everything, and I can't seem to find any that have one in the front to keep it from catching weeds, in addition to having a weed guard.
Actually, now that I think about it, there are these jigs from the Northland company...They are called Weed Weasel Jigs...they make a 1/16 oz version I believe...That may work...they have the vertical, forward line tie to slide through weeds and cover, in addition to having the weed guard. It wouldn't be perfect, because it's a large jig. However, I do believe that it would at LEAST work for bull bluegills. I don't think it would work for your average, run-of-the-mill bluegill, it's probably too big, but you could pick up a couple in the 1/16 oz size, the hook might be small enough to work. That's the best thing I can think of. I may just pick myself up a couple of those today.
Moss is the biggest problem, especially that sticky kind that hangs onto everything. The best way to fish panfish in the weeds and grass is to use a very light line and small hook, about size 10 and use live earthworms. Rig them weedless "Texas style" with the hook turned back into the worm, just like bass fishermen do with plastic worms. Do not use any weight. Cast in, around and over the weeds. "Swim" it back slowly with little hops and twitches and let the worm settle into open pockets. It shouldn't hang up. Watch for that line to jump and move off. Set the hook! I like using earthworms from my garden rather than red worms because the are larger and easier to cast. You can use nightcrawlers, but you'll miss more fish with a big long worm. This method is fun, and very productive. Just watch out for Mr. Bass! With 2 or 4 lb test line, you are going to have a tussle getting him out of any weeds. Probably have a hard time too with a big old Bluegill!
Man i've never thought about that, that's a great idea. Hope you don't mind if i give it a shot!
What Vince said. Use the longest telescoping or jigging pole you can get and reach out to "holes" and "pockets" in the weeds. Then, carefully drop the baits of choice directly into these little pockets.
Bluegill tucked back in these pockets are not heavily pressured, because most anglers dont have the fortitude - or the proper gear - to reach them. Too, this means they are likely to be larger, wilier fish.
Finally, a straight-lined bait is a sensitive one and gives you a better feel for what is happening out there on the business end.