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Posted: 16 January 2011 09:56 AM   [ Ignore ]
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Spring isn’t really that far away and those bluegill will be lining up near the shore line ready to grab that favorite bait or lure. For bait I generally use crickets and wax worms. Wax worms are the easiest to use and can often catch several on one worm. As far as lures go I generally use small tubes under a small bobber.

Let us know what’s your favorite bait or lure for these giants of freshwater fishing. Any one have a unusual bait or lure for them???

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Posted: 17 January 2011 08:49 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Gold hook with half a crawler.

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Posted: 17 January 2011 08:58 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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coot - 17 January 2011 08:49 AM

Gold hook with half a crawler.

Bet you can catch quite a few without having to rebait. Have a couple of friends that are die hard redworm users but seems the are always rebaiting. A small piece of crawler would last longer on a hook than some other baits.

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Posted: 20 January 2011 08:23 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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“these giants of freshwater”...Man,how many years do I have to know ya,before you show me those honey holes…lol.

As far as bait goes, springtime=crickets,summertime=night crawler’s fished deep.I did discover years back while raising a few gill’s in a fish tank,that ghost shrimp were like crack to them.There used to be a pet store in Peoria that used to carry them.Also frozen blood worms(comes in small cubes) thawed in a cup of water and dumped into a ice fishing hole could help trigger a good bite.But now since I’m stuck on the whole fly-fishing thing.It’s dry flies,spiders and beetle patterns for top and #12 crystal buggers and 1/124 oz Java jigs(hand tied)for deep water.

p.s.,Dig that head cover.

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Posted: 20 January 2011 09:50 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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tw67 - That’s my winter hat. Ive tried fly fishin but had a hard time keepem on a hook wink. Got some drifting snow here this evening. Sure hope it blows over the lane. Hate to start out a day pushing snow at 6am so I can get them kiddies to school. See ya later. Going to Bloomington next Friday.

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Posted: 26 January 2011 06:56 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Crickets -spring,summer,fall or winter! Tip: light hooksets when fishin for flies.

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Posted: 19 February 2011 10:04 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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Never have tried crikets thru the ice…vice/versa…Those ice fishin lures,such as the two spots’tipped w/bait’,are awesome during the spring/summer time.

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Posted: 21 February 2011 10:17 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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tw67 good to see your still around. We’ll have to link up this spring with the long-rods and chase some smallies.  I got back from Afghanistan a little late and missed the big run I hit a couple years back. Caught a few with a mix of hybrids, but nothing like what I described to you on the phone. Maybe I can talk the wife into letting me get away for a day or so and we can hit those trout streams you keep ranting about. The USMC has me flying out to Seattle once a month so I am looking forward to chasing some steel and sea-run cut throat in the coming months. After talking to the guys in the flyshop at the Seattle Cabela’s I think I may have a descent shot. Anyways good to see your still around, we’ll get in touch as the weather starts to warm, if I find some action you’ll be the first to know.  I had some issues signing in with my old screen name (Don) so I had to change it to Colt.

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Posted: 21 February 2011 05:25 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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How cool…......Welcome Home!

Looking forward to teaming up on some smallies,drop me a line anytime.Sounds like that Seattle assignment might open up some great fishin ops.  Steelies and sea-run cutts sounds awesome,keep me posted.
If you can give me a week or two notice.I’ll make sure to clear a few days to show you a few of the better trout streams that I’ve discovered(fished twenty of them so far).I was planning to make a few trips up this spring anyway.
Again,welcome home…anytime you want to head out,let me know.I’m still working thirds,so most of my days are open…been playing around with some new fly patterns for those powerton fish.later…Troy

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Posted: 23 February 2011 03:35 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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in the spring, i use 2 lures for both crappie and panfish and thats about it.

i’ll use a hair jig with 1/2 a berkley honey worm or a jig and tube with the tube filled with nibblers from a bait pump.  its all ive ever needed.

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Posted: 24 February 2011 09:57 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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There use to be a bait shop in pontoon beach that sold “gumbo” worms.  These worms were like leather.  You could cut one up into 1 inch lengths and catch multiple fish all day long.  Typically, the gills could not steal your bait and you would only have to rebait about every 5 fish.  That bait shop closed years ago and I have never seen these types of worms anywhere else.  For that matter, almost all the bait shops in my area have closed; replaced by the refrigerator at the local gas station. :(

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