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Picked up a Fenwick River Runner for going after panfish. Back in the day about all I used were small Beetle Spins and small Roostertails. Picked up a few of each, but would like to add a few more types...but which ones? Never used a crappie jig. I assume that would be a good lure as well. Thanks.

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Rebel Tad Fry and Rebel Crickhoppers work well for me on panfish. I also got some real tiny ratl traps i bet panfish would love, havent tried them out yet though...

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Thanks for the suggestions. Had forgotten that I do have a couple very small crankbaits that I could try.

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Beetle Spins and small Roostertails are a great start. They're probably all you would need. Joe's Flies inline spinners would be my next suggestion.

On a side note, I love Fenwick rods. Let everyone know how the River Runner works out for you.

Good luck

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Another vote for crankbaits. My favorite is the Rapala Mini Fat Rap, but I think most appropriately sized cranks can get the job done.

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I really like the rebel mini cranks and strike king bitsy pond minnows as well. However, I'd I go somewhere strictly to fish for panfish, I generally bring my fly rod. You can get a nice redington or white tier combo from BPS for a bill, 20 bucks worth of flies and fish for months on them.

It's also a blast fighting big bluegill on the fly. :)

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I may seriously never post in a forum again with my iPhone and autocorrect, lol. I meant if* and a white river combo :D

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A 2" grub on a 1/32 jighead will catch any panfish that swims and can be fished a ton of different ways and is cheap to buy and doesn't hurt if you lose a couple.

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Dropshot some of these (http://maki-plastic.com/gpage3.html) Pricey, but quite durable for how small and soft they are. I routinely catch a couple dozen or more panfish on one bait.

What are you doing here ?!?!?

But...........I agree. And if those are not what you want to buy, the 1" Gulp minnows on a dropshot work just as well. There are days when the bass bite is slow I dropshot bluegills, and often, for hours on end, catch one every single time I drop it down in the "cone" to a fish.

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The closest I get to bluegill fishing is fishing for mayan cichlids which will hit on the same baits. I use beetle spins, in line spinners and have a lot of success with crappie jigs.

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Picked up a Fenwick River Runner for going after panfish. Back in the day about all I used were small Beetle Spins and small Roostertails. Picked up a few of each, but would like to add a few more types...but which ones? Never used a crappie jig. I assume that would be a good lure as well. Thanks.

Pick a time and place to go, I have a bunch of lures to play with and a new rod to through them with.

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I really like the rebel mini cranks and strike king bitsy pond minnows as well. However, I'd I go somewhere strictly to fish for panfish, I generally bring my fly rod. You can get a nice redington or white tier combo from BPS for a bill, 20 bucks worth of flies and fish for months on them.

It's also a blast fighting big bluegill on the fly. :)

Those rebel mini cranks are death to big 'gills. I've had the best results with the Wee Craws.

Tom

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Wow! Just checked back. Wasn't expecting much more than I had already read. Thanks for all the suggestions. A little lure research is called for. Appreciate all the suggestions and the link.

Tom D. Will do. What is your new rod? Calling for t-storms tomorrow night. Don't know about the weekend.

Jay Gee, I bought a home built 3 wt. for using on panfish from a guy well known on the Texas Fishing Forum. Casting with it was a humbling experience. Am using a double taper line. Previously I had only used an 8 wt. GL3 weight forward, and that was at least 13 years ago. The 3 wt timing is so much different I could have cast as far without the rod. :(

I'll post back about the River Runner once I've had a chance to use it a bit. I like Fenwick rods also. Smalljaw talked me into getting a couple of the Elite Tech Smallmouth casting rods. Almost broke my arm before I gave in. :grin: Already had a Techna AV casting rod and an old 9' glass spinning rod for fishing with live nightwalkers. This rod hasn't been used in a l-o-n-g time.......only because I got into B/C reels once I got back into fishing and fish artificial lures almost exclusively.

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Tom D. Will do. What is your new rod? Calling for t-storms tomorrow night. Don't know about the weekend

On a whim I bought an avid noodle. Just checked the weather and darn.

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What are you doing here ?!?!?

But...........I agree. And if those are not what you want to buy, the 1" Gulp minnows on a dropshot work just as well. There are days when the bass bite is slow I dropshot bluegills, and often, for hours on end, catch one every single time I drop it down in the "cone" to a fish.

I haven't tried this, but I do know the larger panfish around here are often suspended out over the main basins where pretty much nothing else is during the summer, while the smaller ones will be in shallow cover and other places scattered around the lake.

That being said, the bitsy minnows and some beetle spin type baits should keep you busy. Another lure I've had some decent luck with for some larger gills is a small little mirrolure jointed crankbait.

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Those rebel mini cranks are death to big 'gills. I've had the best results with the Wee Craws.

Tom

i like a lot of the small rebel lures and own a small collection of them. The last one i bought though was a Tad Fry, designed to imitate a tadpole, its been deadly on bluegill for me. a lot of times fish come up and hit it before i can even start a retrieve. its a real small bait and only one treble hook to deal with. The thing i like about rebel lures is theyre great for panfish and catch bass as well...

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Size 1 Mepps Black Fury

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i like the size 3 and 5 rapala floaters and mini fat raps for pan fish.

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