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bigdave1018

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different baits for finicky gills
« on: Mar 29, 2005, 06:58 PM »
i was fishing last season at just 1 of my honey gill holes and the water was so clear i could see the gills in the water. i tried redworms,spikes and jigs but just couldnt trigger them that much. i looked in my bag and found a couple of old tube bodies and real small hooks like size 12. i cut off just 1 of the little legs from the tube [ all white ]and under a bobber, casted in. it was like a feeding frenzy!!!!! the big gills never even eyed the bait they inhaled it!!!!!!!!!!!!. i did the same 1 other time with a small red feather and another time with a red rubber band. you just never know, even pannies can be finicky,lol.

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Re: different baits for finicky gills
« Reply #1 on: Mar 29, 2005, 08:26 PM »
A lot of guys have shown me that flies work very well for finicky gills. Dries, nymphs, streamers, and pistol petes. They seem to just gobble up flies better than anything except live bait. Sometimes it's not a big fish bait cause every gill around usually tries to nail a fly.

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Re: different baits for finicky gills
« Reply #2 on: Mar 29, 2005, 09:06 PM »
Great story dave! I like using small flies for those finicky gills. A #14 beadhead nymph supposedly works well for them, personally I always like pistol petes.

TroutFishingBear

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Re: different baits for finicky gills
« Reply #3 on: Jun 26, 2005, 10:15 PM »
We were slaying the monster bluegills on a #8 cricket pattern the other night (we caught 28, all 10" or better on the cricket pattern under a bubble). Just make sure it has a little red on it to match the crickets!

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Re: different baits for finicky gills
« Reply #4 on: Jun 27, 2005, 09:19 AM »
When gills get that finnicky, i will switch to a number 10 ratso, it just kills 'em.

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Re: different baits for finicky gills
« Reply #5 on: Jun 27, 2005, 02:43 PM »
When gills get that finnicky, i will switch to a number 10 ratso, it just kills 'em.
good idea. It works during icefishing so well for multispecies I don't see why it wouldn't work in open water!

bigdave1018

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Re: different baits for finicky gills
« Reply #6 on: Jun 28, 2005, 05:55 AM »
do you tip the ratso big r? spikes mousies worms?

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Re: different baits for finicky gills
« Reply #7 on: Jun 28, 2005, 09:24 PM »
i do not tip the ratso, i just balance it under a slender float so that the lightest tug pulls it under.

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Re: different baits for finicky gills
« Reply #8 on: Jun 28, 2005, 09:55 PM »
Do you use a slip bobber?
I have found it to out-perform any other presentation.
I love 'gills!

TroutFishingBear

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Re: different baits for finicky gills
« Reply #9 on: Jul 01, 2005, 07:43 PM »
I don't use a slipbobber for my flies since my big bluegill lake is so weedy. I use my crickets in the subsurface film...maybe 3-4" under the surface of the water. Yesterday the gills were so finicky they were just barely hitting the end of the cricket fly. It was wierd because the last time I was there they were even smacking the clear bubble! I bet a slipbobber would be best with a ratso though.

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Re: different baits for finicky gills
« Reply #10 on: Sep 07, 2007, 09:39 AM »
a little stone fly pattern works great on those monsterr ills
Loren .W.


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Re: different baits for finicky gills
« Reply #11 on: Apr 02, 2008, 01:02 PM »
Any advice for early spring bluegill baits?  It's been a while since I went after the gills, and I used to always use nightcrawlers.

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Re: different baits for finicky gills
« Reply #12 on: Apr 21, 2008, 06:08 PM »
Waxworms on ice jigs below a bobber.

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Re: different baits for finicky gills
« Reply #13 on: Apr 23, 2008, 08:44 AM »
Thanks

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Re: different baits for finicky gills
« Reply #14 on: Mar 03, 2010, 02:23 PM »
yea some fly's are the ticket for me

 



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