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hey guys welcome to my latest group. i would like everyone to tell their 5 favorite artificial lures they use for big bluegill or crappie. (i already know musky mod's.....spoons!!!) Here are mine

 

1.gulp alive 1 inch minnow-- a cheaper but less effective substitute is the Fin-S-shad in 1 inch

2. small white beetle spin grub with red dot (no spinner)

3.Jim gronaws hair jigs (thanks jim they are great!!!)

4.my homemade fake crickets

5. bluefox spoons

 

i like to use almost all gulp products like maggots and worms and nibblets too.

 

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Ok, here's my list.  I keep these in a small plano box that can fit into my pants pocket for a quick scouting trip with the UL rod, or slip into a PFD pocket when I really want to travel light.

1)  Rebel minnow bait.  I can't think of the model number.  I know it's 1 1/4" long.  With a #14 snap swivel tied onto the mainline, then clipped to the split ring, this bait has a slightly negative buoyancy, so it's a great little bait to run 3 - 4' deep.

2)  Rebel 7700 series Tiny Wee R crawfish crankbait.  I can't think of the number of the color scheme, but it's a brownish color that fades to orange-white on the belly.

3)  Mepps Aglia spinners, size 0.  I have two right now, both have silver blades, one w/ a chartreuse dressed hook, the other with a white hook.  I prefer silver/white for moderately clear water, but I went with the chartreuse because I know Green sunnies have an affinity for that color.  I know that's two lures, but honestly, other than the color difference, what else is different?

4)  I have a beetle-spin type of spinner frame, with a jighead (not sure of the weight), and some 1" curly-tail grubs, in white and chartreuse.

5)  Don't have a fifth type of lure in the box, although I might here soon.

nice description, Allen. I may duplicate that if you don't mind

Go for it!

Well I guess I'm the newest member of this interesting group. With that being said, I gotta say that right now, my 4 favorite lures for catching big Bluegills (and Redears) are:

1. Tiny 1/32 to 1/100 oz. hand-tyed maribou jigs in black, olive, grey and white colors. 

2.  Dardevle "Skeeter" spoon in the hot mackerel color.  (Fantastic during the spawn!)  

3.  Rapala Countdown Minnow size 01 in Green Muddler and silver colors.  (Everyone should have 

      one of these killer little baits-they work great on larger panfish that eat minnows or shad.)

4.  Kastmaster spoon in 1/12 oz.  nickel/blue and red snap.

          

       

Update time!
This season, three lures accounted for the bulk of those sunfish caught on artificial baits. In no particular order -

1. Beetle Spin. Mine are pre-made jig forms with 0 and 1 sized blades, to which I add jig bodies tipped with soft plastic grubs. Chartreuse and white became the color of choice early on.

2. 1/10th ounce Johnson Silver Minnow, tipped with cut down curly tail grub. Just the tail portion remains. This one caught brim and yellow perch.

These first two became my go to artificial lures, on my home waters.

3. Electric Grape, 4" Airetail worm with a stinger added to the tail. I fish it either Texas style, with a small split shot on the nose or as a micro-Carolina Rig fashion. This one caught bass, too.

4. Inline spinners. I used a several types a) hardwire in-lines like size 0 Mepps b) home made Colorado spinners and c) Idaho style spinners. I add a #6 baitholder hook with curl tail grub trailer. All of these spinners caught fish.

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