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Offline Oldmanofthesea

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Blue gill bait
« on: Feb 11, 2019, 05:41 PM »
I was wondering what bait to catch bluegill.I use spikes,mouses,gulp.thought maybe their a bait I'm missing.thanks

Offline Frogger

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Re: Blue gill bait
« Reply #1 on: Feb 11, 2019, 05:47 PM »
Where I fish spikes work well - other people swear by wax worms though. Some days one works better than the other in the same place.

Offline Big Ice Hole

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Re: Blue gill bait
« Reply #2 on: Feb 11, 2019, 05:47 PM »
Wax worms are my go to for gills.
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Re: Blue gill bait
« Reply #3 on: Feb 11, 2019, 06:09 PM »
Mop jig or mop fly my go to bait works all the time

Offline skinny4

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Re: Blue gill bait
« Reply #4 on: Feb 11, 2019, 06:24 PM »
I start with waxies usually but if there finicky and bite super light i feel i hook more of them with spikes. So if i set the hook and miss a few i switch to spikes.

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Re: Blue gill bait
« Reply #5 on: Feb 11, 2019, 06:28 PM »
Plastics, all I use

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Re: Blue gill bait
« Reply #6 on: Feb 11, 2019, 06:41 PM »
I like to use red or natural spikes on a tungsten jig with the occasional size 12-16 nymph/scud fly 6”-12” above it tied on a loop. I haven’t used wax worms in years. Just started using flies. I don’t tip those with anything. They work rather well.

Last year, I caught an 11” gill on a bare UV orange size 3 rippin’ rap. That day changed the way I looked at spoons and raps for bull bluegill. If they want it, they will hit it.
“When the fish are biting, it really doesn’t matter what you’re using. When the fish aren’t biting, it really doesn’t matter what you’re using” - Uncle Dave

Offline hot tuna

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Re: Blue gill bait
« Reply #7 on: Feb 11, 2019, 06:47 PM »
Waxies seem to float more than spikes or mousies.  I don't waste with live waxies. Gulp ones seem to work well as they are on a string line cut as want. Otherwise I just buy spikes.  Key is to find them active.

Gills for me seem to like tiny teardrops.
To big , not so good.
I stick a teardrop in my fly vise and attach rubber legs a small amount of hackle or Krystal flash. Very sparse.
Tungsten heads seem to work best and drop faster.


Offline rdhammah

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Re: Blue gill bait
« Reply #8 on: Feb 11, 2019, 07:01 PM »
good ole fashioned worm

Offline hot tuna

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Re: Blue gill bait
« Reply #9 on: Feb 11, 2019, 07:03 PM »
good ole fashioned worm

Ya know.

I keep saying I need to just bring garden ( trout) worms,  even yesterday.
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Offline fishy1

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Re: Blue gill bait
« Reply #10 on: Feb 11, 2019, 07:22 PM »
good ole fashioned worm
x2 best sunnie bait going

Offline trapper2000

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Re: Blue gill bait
« Reply #11 on: Feb 11, 2019, 07:50 PM »
spikes and  a  small  jig

Offline waltman

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Re: Blue gill bait
« Reply #12 on: Feb 11, 2019, 08:09 PM »
waxies wax worms

Offline T-Rok

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Re: Blue gill bait
« Reply #13 on: Feb 11, 2019, 08:17 PM »
The answer is waxworms. Good news is if the bait shop is out you can just go to petsmart. Small jig is also true. Orange or green dots. Sometimes horizontal jigs will crush vertical jigs. It depends mostly on the lake. Earthworms can work well but only small pieces. If you put a whole worm on they probably won't eat it.

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Re: Blue gill bait
« Reply #14 on: Feb 11, 2019, 09:19 PM »
X3 on the waxies,


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Re: Blue gill bait
« Reply #15 on: Feb 12, 2019, 06:32 PM »
Waxies seem to work better but spikes close second but what I really love is when I can catch them regularly on plastics....

 



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