Bluegill - Big Bluegill

Do you love big bluegill?

What's your favorite Bluegill outfit(s)..Rod, reel & line?

  My rods and reels are not expensive, but they do a great job of catching large, strong fighting panfish. Part of their success is accomplished by using good quality-made reels that have smooth drags and can handle very light lines. Reels that have a drag that grabs and binds are of no use to me. A 1 pound Redear will take off and run like crazy and if you are using 2 pound test line and your drag binds a little... SNAP!...There goes a good fish with your lure in it's mouth..

Here's my current favorite outfits:

1. Rod- Daiwa "Spinmatic" #602 1-4 lb test line 6 ft long 1 piece
Reel- Abu Garcia 301 ultralight spinning (great smooth drag)

2. Rod- Daiwa "Heartland" trout rod 5 ft 2 piece 1-6 lb test line
Reel- Daiwa "Crossfire" 1000 ultralight spinning reel

3. Rod- Quantum "Micro" MS-54UL 4' 6" super ultralight Rated for 1-2 lb test line  (This is an older rod, bought it around 1993)
Reel- Daiwa "Spinmatic-X 500T This is my favorite set up for Bluegills because it is so tiny, even small fish are fun to catch. I have landed several 3 to 4 lb bass and Channel Catfish with this tiny rod.

4. Rod- Daiwa "Spinmatic #SMC 401ULFS 4ft  1-4 lb test line
Reel- Pflueger "President" #6920 ultralight spinning reel
This is my close-in brush and dock jigging rod.  Also is nice to use while vertical fishing jigs, spoons and bait from a float tube.

I use various 2 lb test lines, either Trilene XL , Maxima, Izoreline XXX, or Yo-Zuri Hybrid brands. A couple of these rods are older models, but I keep them clean and take care of them. Remember too that with a longer rod, you can cast tiny spoons and jigs farther, but fishing from a float tube like I do, you don't need to make very long casts.

Views: 11168

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

I'm hoping my favorite rod will be the one Walt Foreman made for me. Statically it is great...but I need to get a fish on the end of it. Had a knee replaced 6 weeks ago and my surgeon released me today...told me to fish...kayak.....whatever I wanted to do. I walked into his office...walked out of is office overjoyed and drove the 60 miles back home. By the time I got home the swelling had taken away all use of muscle. Now I can hardly walk...oh well...such is life. But hopefully the swelling will go down and I can put my new rod to work soon. It is made on a 2wt fly rod blank.....love the acton and it is nice to look at too. I have a Stradic FJ 1000 series on the rod and it is spooled with 1# test NanoFil.

                                                                                                                  Regards

I for one can't wait to hear how the rod does, Randy!  Hopefully you can scare up some big 'gills and 'crackers to put it through its paces (if this Jekyll-and-Hyde weather would mellow a little).

 My FAVORITE is a Cabela's CZN 9'6" 4pcs 3wt rod with a Ross Fly-Cast 1 reel filled with 50yds of backing and an Orvis silver-label 4wt wf-f line.  (I believe the rod is made for Cabela's by St. Croix) . Gives me really good distance and accuracy, has a wonderful "fish-on" feel too...................Don in SC 

My favorite is a G.Loomis SR841-2 IMX with a Shimano Stella 1000FB & 4lb P-Line Floroclear.  Just got a Phenix Elixir 801-2 1-6lb.  Will use a Stellla on this as well.  Think this might be my 'New" favorite outfit for 'gills.

 

Craig

600-700 dollar reels for gills?  seriously?

The Shimano Stella reels are only around $500.   LOL   And they are fine.  The best way to get one is in a "Used Tackle" store in Japan.  Japanese anglers trade in their reels like Americans trade in a used car for a new model.  And Shimano brings out a new model reel 2 times a year in Japan... once a year in the US.  

So you have a reel that's maybe been used 5 or 6 times and is excellent condition in the original box, going for $250. I get guys fishing with us that show up with two spinning and 2 baitcasting Stella reels on custom rods and a suitcase full of lures.  BIG Bucks $$$.  That's when my friend told me about the Used Tackle Stores.  LOL

i have often heard that the japanese-made shimanos were superior to the malaysian-made reels, but even at 250.00 bucks, i could outfit myself with something a bit more practical.  i have always considered panfish to be working man, blue-collar fish, and not to be bothered by the price of equipment.   that being said, i bet the stella is a fine machine.  

Your right you don't need something that fancy.  LOL  Long as your having fun, it doesn't make a difference what your using. They sell croppy poles too.  LOL

Next time your in Hawaii, let me take you by our local fishing store... http://www.shorefishinghawaii.com/Brians_Fishing_Supply.html

Yes, it's a little over the top I admit.  I have 50 rods and 40 reels.  20 years in the tackle business will cause you these problems!  The Stella's I use more when trout fishing, since I fly fish they are now gill and crappy reels.  I have a few friends that find it funny to be fishing 'gills and such with $800.00 outfits. I did get them at a killer price so when you look at it hat way it's no so bad!

 

Craig

 i use either a 6' ul st. croix premier paired with a shimano sahara or a 6' st. croix premier light power paired with a quantum catalyst.  both are spooled with trilene 4 lb. test.  i have a habit of meeting up with angry smallmouth bass when fishing.

"2 panfish rods here-- 6'6' G. Loomis GL3 Light rod w/ Daiwa Advantage 2000 spooled w/ 4 # Berkley Fluoro. Great float & jig rig. Also, 5'6" Falcon Original rod w/ Pinnacle Alyssa CR ultra light reel spooled w/ 4# Suffix ice…"

A Stella seems a taaaaad overkill lol-- would like to try the lightest reel in the Patriarch series

http://www.pfluegerfishing.com/Pflueger%C2%AE-Patriarch-Spinning-Re...

Premium gear lasts for years. Cheap gear usually fails quickly & needs to be replaced often. Wasted  $ IMO

RSS

Latest Activity

Jeffrey D. Abney posted a status
"Picked up bait, boat hooked up…..up against a cold front tomorrow with my son in law Joe….hopefully we can find a few fish before the rain.."
2 hours ago
Jeffrey D. Abney commented on Jeffrey D. Abney's photo
Thumbnail

My Wife’s Dinner Tonight….Buffaloed Crappie….10/12/2021

"Enjoy Mikey-D…..real tasty recipe, crappie are so good, just kicks it up a…"
yesterday
Jeffrey D. Abney replied to Frank M's discussion Never saw a fish with this deformity!
"Always cool to see the survivors…..I agree with Bruce….could have been a bird of prey…"
yesterday
Mikey-D commented on Jeffrey D. Abney's photo
Thumbnail

My Wife’s Dinner Tonight….Buffaloed Crappie….10/12/2021

"Dang Jeff that looks pretty good never tried that but seeing this think I'm going to try it…"
yesterday
Bruce Tomaselli replied to Frank M's discussion Never saw a fish with this deformity!
"I bet  a bird, heron, kingfisher, etc. took a swipe at it."
yesterday
Jeffrey D. Abney posted photos
Tuesday
Jeffrey D. Abney posted a status
"All fish cleaned…waiting out the Invest right offshore, gusting over 30 this morning, creeks down over two feet in the last 12 hours.."
Sunday
Jeffrey D. Abney posted photos
Oct 9
Jeffrey D. Abney posted photos
Oct 8
Jeffrey D. Abney posted photos
Oct 8
Jeffrey D. Abney posted photos
Oct 8
Jeffrey D. Abney posted a status
"Started a long weekend in the coastal marsh….water temps have dipped below 70 and the crappie are going shallow for the Fall feed…"
Oct 8
Jeffrey D. Abney commented on Jeffrey D. Abney's photo
Thumbnail

Dinner Tonight……10/4/2021

"Thanks John…..I thank my family for teaching me so many cultural enjoyments when it comes to…"
Oct 7
Jeffrey D. Abney commented on John Sheehan's group Piscatorial Pursuit of Perch
"Thanks, I personally love the period between 70 to 60 in the Fall as well as Spring 60 to…"
Oct 7
Jeffrey D. Abney commented on Jeffrey D. Abney's photo
Oct 7
John Sheehan commented on Jeffrey D. Abney's photo
Thumbnail

Dinner Tonight……10/4/2021

"You got it going on Jeffrey!"
Oct 7
John Sheehan commented on John Sheehan's group Piscatorial Pursuit of Perch
"YES! We got 67 degrees this past Tuesday Jeff .The outing looked perfect with overcast skies but we…"
Oct 7
DAVID L EITUTIS commented on Steve C's photo
Thumbnail

yellow perch 13.5"

"MAN that's a nice perch for sure......congrats to you"
Oct 7
DAVID L EITUTIS commented on Jeffrey D. Abney's photo
Thumbnail

Chestnut Chest Gill…..10/2/2021

"MAN THAT'S ONE PRETTY FISH JEFFREY , CONGRATS TO YOU BUDDY....."
Oct 7
DAVID L EITUTIS replied to DAVID L EITUTIS's discussion "WHAT'S IT WORTH "
"I'VE REREAD ALL THE REPLIES  AND CAME TO THE CONCLUSION  THAT ALL THE TALK JUST ADDS…"
Oct 7

© 2021   Created by Bluegill.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service