Whitesburg KY
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Gabby’s Fishing Fever

Fishing deep for big bluegill

I must say I love fishing for just about any type of fish, but I hold a special place in my heart for bluegill fishing.

My first fish was a little bluegill and was probably the first for most anglers. Over the years I have caught many bluegill — some of them big ones. I have fished in ponds for bluegill close to two pound and in creeks and lakes. I have fished shallow and caught a ton of smaller bluegill. My favorite way to catch them is in deeper water on light tackle.

I have several good reasons why I prefer to fish in deeper water, the main one being bigger size fish most of the time. And because the shallow areas are beat to death all day every day my so many anglers, I like to locate some deeper cover like a brush pile and fish right above it for big bluegill. Also, the deeper fish are much less affected by fishing pressure, big weather changes, hot temperatures, and other things. And the hooking percentage is higher fishing deep because the fish will swim out or down with the bait making a hook set much easier.

The longer fight out of deeper water is more fun. If you can find a big deep brush pile you can catch several big bluegill just off of it. Bonus fish like bass, crappie and catfish also hang around these type areas and will hit a bait. When I say deeper water, it often means 10 to 25 feet deep on most lakes. I like to use a light action rod and reel combo with around six-pound test line, a small sinker and a long shanked small hook and a slip bobber to detect strikes. This rig will do just fine in most cases. Live worms or minnows are hard to beat for bait.

Give this type of fishing a try on your next trip.

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