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Bait Pattern for Panfish
« on: Jan 14, 2020, 10:39 AM »
I have not been able to put the time in yet this season.  Has anyone been able to notice any sort of pattern with the bait for panfish?  I know each lake is different depending on the hatch, but just wondered if anyone is seeing changes of spikes to waxies to wigglers etc.  I've been mixing it up but haven't seen any specific pattern or dynamite bait.

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Re: Bait Pattern for Panfish
« Reply #1 on: Jan 14, 2020, 01:22 PM »
spikes are always my go to for gills. If that doesn't work, downsize and go baitless. Make sure your jig sets horizontal vs. hanging straight down. The southern third of the state is still waiting on ice but the gills are still biting on open water!

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Re: Bait Pattern for Panfish
« Reply #2 on: Jan 14, 2020, 02:02 PM »
I have not been able to put the time in yet this season.  Has anyone been able to notice any sort of pattern with the bait for panfish?  I know each lake is different depending on the hatch, but just wondered if anyone is seeing changes of spikes to waxies to wigglers etc.  I've been mixing it up but haven't seen any specific pattern or dynamite bait.
Here is a tip that ill work most of the time. What ever lake you go t. Try that for big gills. Most of the times this will only work on the lake wher you caught them. You can get the same worm from different lakes but this worm will be of a different color variation on different lakes

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Re: Bait Pattern for Panfish
« Reply #3 on: Jan 14, 2020, 04:30 PM »
spikes are always my go to for gills. If that doesn't work, downsize and go baitless. Make sure your jig sets horizontal vs. hanging straight down. The southern third of the state is still waiting on ice but the gills are still biting on open water!
I don't agree with the statement make sure your jig is horizontal.  Yes, I make sure its horizontal if that is the kind of jig I'm using, but often times I use a jig or tear drop, designed to hang straight down.  You should use the hooks as they are designed.

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Re: Bait Pattern for Panfish
« Reply #4 on: Jan 14, 2020, 04:53 PM »
I have never had any luck with Wigglers. I quit buying them. The only people I know that have any luck with them are the places I buy them. ;)
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Re: Bait Pattern for Panfish
« Reply #5 on: Jan 14, 2020, 05:19 PM »
I never really gave much thought or time in bait patterns on different lakes. Maybe I should though. Anyway, I'm pretty much a spike guy 100% of the time. Not a fan of waxies. I have on many occasions used wigglers for both Bluegill and Perch. When they do work, the fish tend to run a little bigger. The problems with them is one, if you miss the hit the bait is gone almost every time. And two, tough to keep alive. Don't stay fresh very long if you don't stay on top of it.
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Re: Bait Pattern for Panfish
« Reply #6 on: Jan 14, 2020, 05:22 PM »
Spikes get it done.sometimes 1,other times 2.change jig color until fish start biting.simple

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Re: Bait Pattern for Panfish
« Reply #7 on: Jan 14, 2020, 05:28 PM »
Tie the teardrop or jig ion the line using a Fas Tac clip. It lets the jig swing freely and seems to work good

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Re: Bait Pattern for Panfish
« Reply #8 on: Jan 14, 2020, 05:33 PM »
Spikes get it done.sometimes 1,other times 2.change jig color until fish start biting.simple

X2 Doc. More about changing jig than bait.
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Re: Bait Pattern for Panfish
« Reply #9 on: Jan 14, 2020, 05:37 PM »
Spikes all the way for me for all panfish. Red and white. Actually, just bought 30 dozen earlier today. 12 dozen red and 18 dozen white. Thatís usually enough for me for a season and not worrying about how many I put on a hook. Sometimes itís one, sometimes itís 3-5. Then you get on a bite where they want fresh meat on every drop regardless of what youíre using. Bait can go quick those days.

Iíve also caught several panfish (crappie, gills, perch) on a bare #3 rippin rap.
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Re: Bait Pattern for Panfish
« Reply #10 on: Jan 21, 2020, 07:55 PM »
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Re: Bait Pattern for Panfish
« Reply #11 on: Jan 23, 2020, 11:26 AM »
Thanks for sharing, everyone.  I do tend to use spikes most of all.  I also change jigs frequently, but when you have 3 baits x 5 colors x 2 orientations = LOTS of combinations.  I was just looking if anyone had any good patters for narrowing down the 3 baits in the equation.  I will probably stick with spikes and try some wigglers in desperate times.  Tight Lines!

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Re: Bait Pattern for Panfish
« Reply #12 on: Jan 23, 2020, 11:53 AM »
Thanks for sharing, everyone.  I do tend to use spikes most of all.  I also change jigs frequently, but when you have 3 baits x 5 colors x 2 orientations = LOTS of combinations.  I was just looking if anyone had any good patters for narrowing down the 3 baits in the equation.  I will probably stick with spikes and try some wigglers in desperate times.  Tight Lines!

Don't write off plastics, I always keep some with me in case spikes/waxies/wigglers aren't getting the job done.  I've had great days only using plastic spikes for gills, and sometimes the crappie go nuts for small plastic smelt.

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Re: Bait Pattern for Panfish
« Reply #13 on: Jan 23, 2020, 12:49 PM »
Wow, want an ugly scene?  A buddy of mine gave me a tub of spikes, three weeks ago!  I put them on the stairs going down into my basement so they would stay cool.  I got them out to use some this past week and what a fricken surprise.  I opened it up and there were a couple of hundred very large wet flies in the container.  I knew spikes were maggots, but I certainly didn't expect them to change from maggots to flies, in a couple of weeks.  And, I really didn't expect to see some of the biggest flies, I have ever seen!!!  How did these darn things grow so quick?  Needless to say, I quickly put the lid back on them and put them in the trash barrel in my garage.  Luckily I live in Michigan and I'm sure they went to sleep pretty quickly.  I think I'll stick to waxies from now on.

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Re: Bait Pattern for Panfish
« Reply #14 on: Jan 23, 2020, 01:27 PM »
Spikes, maggots, are fly larvae. They won't hatch if they're kept cold. Most likely the temp was just right for them!  Has happened to me before. I left a few in my coat.

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Re: Bait Pattern for Panfish
« Reply #15 on: Jan 24, 2020, 07:51 AM »
Ahhh haha yes hilarious, been there, long time ago, but yeah. I keep maggots, spikes in the back of the fridge. Wax worms go on the basement floor in an non heated room. Cool, not quite refrigerator cold, but not 70 degrees either.

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Re: Bait Pattern for Panfish
« Reply #16 on: Jan 24, 2020, 05:20 PM »
I certainly answered the question why don't you see small flies very often!  Its because they hatch and are big within a week.  These things weren't small flies in the least.  They were rather large.  I want to know how in the world they grew so big in such a short period of time.  I'm talking from maggots to some of the largest flies I have ever seen, within a two week period.  That's like a week to form from maggot to fly and a week to grow into adulthood!  Like something out of a good sci-fi flick!  LOL

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Re: Bait Pattern for Panfish
« Reply #17 on: Jan 24, 2020, 06:21 PM »
spikes are always my go to for gills. If that doesn't work, downsize and go baitless. Make sure your jig sets horizontal vs. hanging straight down. The southern third of the state is still waiting on ice but the gills are still biting on open water!
.       X2 and try plastics, all I use !! Fish with horizontal jig 95% time change plastic color instead of retieing jig much easier

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Re: Bait Pattern for Panfish
« Reply #18 on: Jan 24, 2020, 06:21 PM »
Donít overthink it you will get a headache !!

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Re: Bait Pattern for Panfish
« Reply #19 on: Jan 25, 2020, 01:39 PM »
Spikes, maggots, are fly larvae. They won't hatch if they're kept cold. Most likely the temp was just right for them!  Has happened to me before. I left a few in my coat.

Yup. Air tight container in the coldest part of fridge. Last me from December to April with no need for the fly swatter. Waxworms... around 45* but still have to sort some dead ones from time to.
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Re: Bait Pattern for Panfish
« Reply #20 on: Jan 25, 2020, 07:29 PM »
.       X2 and try plastics, all I use !! Fish with horizontal jig 95% time change plastic color instead of retieing jig much easier

FWIW, I agree. Change plastics and bait, don't worry so much about color of jig.

 



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