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Cold weather has me thinking about bluegill fishing next spring...

If you got invited to a private lake to fish for bluegill; but was restricted to one fishing outfit (rod reel etc) and 10 lures, what would you take? What about just three lures? Just one?

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Nightcrawlers.


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Stubby Steves


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Originally Posted by Theo Gallus
Nightcrawlers.

Yep, with an 1/80th oz micro jig and a casting bubble rigged as a slip bobber.



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I agree that it is hard to beat a worm or cricket for absolutely maximizing your numbers. For worms, do you use the tiny jigs (like Shorty), regular hooks, long shank hooks, or circle hooks?

With the Stubby Steve's, what if the fish aren't fed?

Which lures do you like best? My top ones are probably a panfish magnet (in buffalo?), Berkley power nymph in pink, mister twister excite nymph in a brownish color (pumpkin flake?), beetle spin black and yellow, roadrunner in chartreuse, and smallest johnson silver minnow spoon with tiny twister tail trailer.. I have a pretty good variety of little crankbaits, flies, and other lures; but the little treble hooks on crankbaits sometimes complicate catch and release - especially if swallowed. I've caught 14 pound channel and a 9 or 10 pound bass before fishing for bluegill. Every time I start looking at my lure collection, I realize that I don't need more lures. I need more time to use the ones I have.


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I put 1" nightcrawler bits on a #6 Aberdeen. If I'm concentrating on removing little BG, I may use a #8,


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Good point Rod and I have no answer. I’ve been feeding pellets a lot longer than I’ve used Stubby Steves.

However, I have used colored Stubbies with good results. And, I have no idea whether the color matters.


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Originally Posted by Rangersedge
With the Stubby Steve's, what if the fish aren't fed?

Stubbys have had great success selling the bait to guys that fish the crappie tournaments and they are used like the Berkley crappie nibbles. Public water, so even if one or two property owners feed the fish, it's not like a private pond, and they are Crappie, not bluegills.

For bluegill, I have had great success using a 1" or 2" while twister tail power bait on a 1/100th oz jig head. Put the tail up, slowly retrieve it back, pausing for a second every once in a while. I typically fish with 2# test or at the most 4# test and catch a ton of bluegills on them. Caught about every other species of fish in the ponds too. If using 2# test, about every 10 fish I'd re-tie the jig head on the line. I've used unpainted jig heads with the same success as painted ones.


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We've had great luck with a jig called a mini-mite. White seems to out fish most other colors for us.


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I've had good success with the small white twister tail jigs too.

I bought some of the mini mites long ago because I thought they looked like they'd work well; but I've never tried them. I'll make it a point this spring!

https://www.cubbylure.com/cubby-mini-mite-jig/


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what color minimite, the white with pink jig head or it looks there is a white with glow in the dark jig head? I think my local Blain's Farm and Fleet store has them, not sure where else to find them.

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Originally Posted by canyoncreek
what color minimite, the white with pink jig head or it looks there is a white with glow in the dark jig head? I think my local Blain's Farm and Fleet store has them, not sure where else to find them.

We often use the pink head jig, but the green/chartreuse color is also great.


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Cant go wrong with a little chartreuse color added onto whatever you are fishing with for BG, I have a pretty good luck with the chartreuse Berkley niblets on a Charlie Brewers slider jig for Crappie and BG, usually the brighter the color, the better the BG like it, or in other words, wont leave it alone, Crappie are a little more finicky as to the color and retrieval speeds and action. also seems like every pond is different as to what colors work best, seems weird, but a color that works good in one pond will not work as good in another, and the crazy part is it wont change much. the next time you are back in that pond remember what color worked best last time in that pond.
Im tellin ya,, fishin ain't easy, or for the faint of heart. but my desire for fresh crappie fillets keeps me goin. one day at a time, one foot in front of the other!


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Originally Posted by gehajake
Cant go wrong with a little chartreuse color added onto whatever you are fishing with for BG, I have a pretty good luck with the chartreuse Berkley niblets on a Charlie Brewers slider jig for Crappie and BG, usually the brighter the color, the better the BG like it, or in other words, wont leave it alone, Crappie are a little more finicky as to the color and retrieval speeds and action. also seems like every pond is different as to what colors work best, seems weird, but a color that works good in one pond will not work as good in another, and the crazy part is it wont change much. the next time you are back in that pond remember what color worked best last time in that pond.
Im tellin ya,, fishin ain't easy, or for the faint of heart. but my desire for fresh crappie fillets keeps me goin. one day at a time, one foot in front of the other!

So true on the color. Chartreuse seems to chase fish away in my pond. Even a green jig head on a white twister tail will stop them from biting it. Change the color of the head to any other color and they go back to grabbing it. Weird for sure.


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A BeetleSpin in catalpa worm is hard to beat. Trout/panfish Magnet is excellent. An earthworm or piece of nightcrawler is #1.

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Did a quick inventory. I don't think I could "justify" purchasing another lure if I fished every day for the next thirty years in a snag infested creek. Definitely need to spend more time fishing.


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You got me thinking that I need to free up some time to fish, no matter what the bait!

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check out videos on youtube by Weckerle outdoors. Has many videos on how to catch fish, what to use for walleye, white bass, perch, trout and so on. It is free and very interesting guy on the use of different lures and things you may have not thought of doing. Fun.

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Originally Posted by Rangersedge
Did a quick inventory. I don't think I could "justify" purchasing another lure if I fished every day for the next thirty years in a snag infested creek. Definitely need to spend more time fishing.

I kinda know the feeling, but isnt it strange tho, when you are out fishing you dig thru your tackle box and realize you are out of the one you use most and really wish you had right now?
I know when I look thru my tackle box and see some of the crap I have bought at sometime or other and wonder what the heck made me even think that would catch any decent thinking fish, I blow my own mind sometime.


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"... I blow my own mind sometime."

The power of self-rationalization is the key to success for some, and failure for others....


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I think lures hook more fishermen than fish.


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Originally Posted by esshup
I think lures hook more fishermen than fish.

That is what my father told us as kids when we were trying to allocate our allowances to the correct distribution of lures.

His exact quote was, "The tackle companies don't design lures to catch fish, they design them to catch fishermen."

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Originally Posted by FishinRod
Originally Posted by esshup
I think lures hook more fishermen than fish.

That is what my father told us as kids when we were trying to allocate our allowances to the correct distribution of lures.

His exact quote was, "The tackle companies don't design lures to catch fish, they design them to catch fishermen."

With that said, I do like the Live Target Lures. BUT if you can catch a LMB on a Senko, then I guess you can catch them on anything.


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Originally Posted by FishinRod
Originally Posted by esshup
I think lures hook more fishermen than fish.

That is what my father told us as kids when we were trying to allocate our allowances to the correct distribution of lures.

His exact quote was, "The tackle companies don't design lures to catch fish, they design them to catch fishermen."

And he was correct, and they do a damn good job of it.

The funniest is when you looking into your buddy's tackle box and tell him, "there aint no self respecting fish gonna bite on something like that" only to find the exact same lure in your own tackle box later, Oh well,, He don't need to know about this one.


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