eat just about anything. They do however
have a few favorite foods, and one of
them is bluegills! Big catfish can't
resist them. I have caught big, Channel,
Blue, and Shovelhead cats on bluegills.
They are easy to get and they are very
hearty. They may be the perfect
There are several different ways
to use bluegills as bait. On this page I
will only describe methods pertaining to
If you want to try using bluegills as
bait stop and get a dozen wax worms on
your way to your fishing hole. Use a
light rod with light (2# - 4# mono) line
and a small hook (#10). Fish close to
cover with the wax worms and I am sure
you will catch plenty of bait size
bluegills. Thats all there is to
- The very
first thing you should do is check that
your bobber will stay afloat with the
weight of the bluegill + terminal
- Snip about 75% of the tail
fin off of the bluegill. This will
release body fluids into the water, plus
it will make the bluegill shake when it
tries to swim.
- If the bluegill is
large snip the spines off of the dorsal
fin. This makes the bluegill much easier
- Hook the live bluegill
just ahead of the tail with a strong 6/0
hook. ( make sure you don't hit the
lateral line ).
- Cast it gently to
prevent the bluegill from ripping off of
- I prefer to fish a live
bluegill suspended under a slip bobber,
but you can also fish a bluegill hooked
in this manner on the bottom ( dead line
- When a big
takes the bait
allow it time to "swallow" the bait
before setting the hook.
- Check on the
condition of your bait periodicly, and
replace it if it is dead.
- You can use
the head of the dead bluegill on another
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