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#1 zbigbadaaron


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Posted June 27 2010 - 07:13 PM

Would this be useful to use for big bass. Where would the best spot to hook them be? How long would I let them sit before I would expect to get a bite? Would you recromend using this v.s. other techniques.

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Posted June 27 2010 - 07:19 PM

I do this sometimes when I just feel like sitting. Hook them in the back and ten to twenty minutes you should get a bite. You'll be surprised by how small the bass are that will go after some of the bluegill.
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Posted June 27 2010 - 07:56 PM

Of course you can use a gamefish to catch a gamefish if it is legal in your state on public waters.

Friend used to fish family farm pond using bluegills and small bream and he would catch some beauties.

I don't care to do this so I do not use live bait, other than worms and minnows when taking kids fishing, so I can't tell you about it but I know it is being used as a technique at private ponds.  :)
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Posted June 27 2010 - 08:07 PM

Live bait is a no-no for me.
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Posted June 27 2010 - 08:50 PM

I caught my Biggest bass on a blue gill
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Posted June 27 2010 - 10:16 PM

Best big bass bait you can use in a pond as far as I'm concerned. I usually hook them through the back and drop em where I know the big gals hang out.
I still prefer to throw artificals, kinda makes me feel like I'm out smarting them a little more.
Good luck, you can really catch some hogs that way.

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Posted June 27 2010 - 10:54 PM

Would this be useful to use for big bass. .

Ask Mr. Kurita, I bet he has a good answer. ;)
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Posted June 27 2010 - 11:04 PM

I might have to try this...

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Posted June 28 2010 - 07:17 AM

from my own experiences, it works better in ponds than in lakes




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Posted June 28 2010 - 07:29 AM


Sometimes you just can't beat the real thing, other times artificials will do better for you.

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Posted June 28 2010 - 10:55 AM

when you fish with live bluegill, do you use bobbers to keep them from wrapping you up?  How do you keep them from swiming down into cover and getting you tangled up before the bass even knows he is there?
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Posted June 28 2010 - 04:10 PM

Here is a handy article from Bass Resource, that provides some pointers.

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Posted June 28 2010 - 06:38 PM

Useful for big bass: Not in my experience.
Where to hook em': Right in front of the top fin
How much time til you get a bite: Only time will tell
Would I recommend: Nope
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Posted June 28 2010 - 08:16 PM

I've never used them for bass but they are the only bait I use for flathead catfish.

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Posted June 29 2010 - 09:50 AM

Go pan fishing and watch behind the hooked panfish how many predators are following it.  I have a place hidden in the woods with big bass.  You can see the dark lines moving off in a distance that are big bass the place is full of 10+ bass.  I hooked a sunfish on a rebel bee lure and started to reel it in when all of a sudden the big gal went for it as i pulled it out of the water.

Trust me these bigger bass don't want a snack they want a meal.

I purchased all blue gill and sunfish colored crankbaits.  The norman thin "n" work awesome.  Panfish colors for daylite and chartruese for low light conditions(dusk).

Terry at TClark Custom lures made me some larger bass lures in panfish colors i'll have to post some pics of them.
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