Bass fisherman often fall into the trap of only fishing for bass. While we don’t recommend fishing for every tiny little fish that swims, branching out a little can be very healthy. These mental breaks help us to refocus before Spring arrives. Bluegill are a perfect candidate because they’re plentiful all over the country and with relatively little effort you can learn to find the GIANTS. It doesn’t matter what species it is, when you’re catching some of the biggest, its going to be a good time. 

Fishing for oversized bluegill requires no specialized equipment. As a bass fisherman, your lightest dropshot or ned rig rods should be just fine. Carry a few downsized baits (we linked our favorites below) and be prepared for a suprisingly powerful fight. As soon as conditions allow, get back to bass fishing but don’t hesitate to take a break and enjoy the plentiful fishing that is around you this Winter. 

The baits… 

-Kastmaster 1/4 oz:

-Damiki Vault 1/4 oz:

-Spro Phat Fly 1/16 oz:

-Keitech 2.8″ Swimbait:

-Dirty Jigs Guppy Head 1/8 oz:

Matt’s Combo… 

Rod-  Zodias 6’8″ Medium Light:

Reel- Shimano Stradic CI4+ 1000:

Line- Sunline Sniper 4 lb:

Budget Combo… 

Rod- Daiwa Aird-X 7′ Medium Light:

Reel- Shimano Sedona FI:

Line- Maxima Ultragreen 5 lb:

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