Shorter days fishing tip: Use larger baits to target bigger bluegills in the college

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Parker Revermann, son of author, Jason Revermann, caught and released this 10 1/eight-inch bluegill when trolling a perch-colored No. three Original Floating Rapala behind a bottom-bouncer.

Summer time is winding down, but there’s lots of fantastic open-water fishing nevertheless readily available. Baitfish have had months to develop and are additional of a mouthful these days. Bigger bluegills frequently appear for a bigger meal to fill their appetite. Compact crankbaits and vertical jigging minnow baits can support you target some of the biggest ’gills in the college. Bigger baits frequently will intimidate smaller sized fish and preserve most of them off the hook.

Very first, find the fish. Normally you can come across them about the outdoors edges of the weeds anyplace from four to 24 feet of water. That is why you require to use your sonar units to find marks off the bottom. Side scan actually can shine when looking for ’gills, particularly in shallower water. Adjust your side scan to get the ideal doable image when looking in shallower water. I like to set the width away from the boat to about 4 instances the depth of water I am operating.

When schools of ’gills concentrate, you can vertically jig smaller jigging minnow baits like Jigging Raps or Ultralight Rippin’ Raps to catch some of the larger folks.

Usually bluegills will scatter along the outdoors weed edge or along particular break lines. This is the excellent time to employ a trolling method to cover additional water and choose off the most aggressive fish.

I like to use a 1 1/two-ounce bottom bouncer with a six-foot leader and a No. three Original Floater Rapala  trolled 1 mile per hour or much less. Some thing that tends to make this technique really productive is to drop back the rod tip setting the weight on the bottom enabling the bait to pause and raise, then pull forward and to make the bait vibrate and dive. This pause-and-pull technique triggers additional bites than a continuous trolling speed.

Make certain you are marking fish, and if they are not active move on and come across additional active fish.

Great luck fishing and keep protected.

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