May 09, 2011
3 Unbeatable Bluegill Baits
Throw A Slider
Fact: Grub-style softbaits are like sweet potato pie to big bluegills. Of these,
Charlie Brewer's 1-inch Slider Grub
serves it up à la mode with a boot-shaped tail that throws a pile of vibration on a slow, steady retrieve. You can rig it on a standard ball-head jig, but you'll catch even more fish if you thread it onto a belly-spinner.
Rebel Tracdown Minnow
has been catching big bluegills for years, and it just got a facelift. You can now get the classic crank in sinking versions that let you target deeper fish. Go with the TD49 for the baddest bulls in your lake.
Spoons and 'gills don't usually get paired, but smart sticks will tell you on the sly that spoons like those in
Northland's Live-Forage line
are the way to sort through potato-chip bluegills and put hand-size fish in your livewell. The Fish Fry Minnow's finish looks identical to common forage species—better yet, it
just like crippled baitfish.
Up and spoon some 'gills!
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