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Big Fish Fridays: Bass on a bluegill

September 04, 2009 at 06:47 AM

Largemouth bass like to eat bluegill.

For that matter, largemouth bass like to eat just about anything. But there’s no question they enjoy munching tasty bluegill.

And not just small bills, either.

While fishing for crappie and bluegill on Aug. 30 in a private lake in Iroquois County, Joseph Broshears of Washington had an experience to which many anglers can probably relate.

“We were fishing for crappie and large bluegill and were pretty successful. I caught a smaller bluegill and was reeling it in,” Broshears said. “I got it to the side of the boat and saw a huge mouth coming right for the bluegill, so I let the line back in the water and ended up with this lunker.”

“When I got the bass in the boat just the tail of the bluegill was sticking out of the bass’ gullet. I was using a nightcrawler and small red crappie hook with a bobber about 3 feet deep to catch the bluegills and crappies with my buddy.”

Broshears said the bass was 25 3/4 inches long and weighed 7 pounds, 10 ounces on “a produce scale.”

No wonder then many savvy bass anglers will target the edges of bluegill spawning beds for big bass. And one of the favored baits in such a situation is to catch some small bluegill, run a hook through them and fish them under a bobber. Word is the strategy can yield some lunkers.

Broshears, no doubt, would agree the tactic sounds promising.


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I have caught more than a few nice bass while fishing cut bluegill under a bobber for catfish. They have come from Banner Marsh and strip mine lakes in Knox county, and have all been in the 2 to 3 pound range or more.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 09/04 at 07:40 AM

no way thats 7 pounds

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 09/04 at 10:28 AM

A number of years ago, a friend and I found a six-pound bass thrashing on the surface in early April. The bass had a live 10-inch bluegill stuck in its throat. They both got filleted, sort of the whole Darwinian ethos in microcosm.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 09/04 at 09:13 PM

i love how people add 2 or 3 pounds to the weight of a bass. if you actually see a 7 pound bass in person there is no way that this fish is 7 pounds. 5 maybe.  and if its 25 inches long then i catch 20 inch crappie all day

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 09/05 at 12:49 PM

wow guys are you going back to your teenage years or what? Your chest is gonna be very red if you continue to beat it like Tarzan. Gimme a break this guy is not a small guy by any means and he holds his fish out half as far as you. If he says it weighs 10 lbs. swallow your pride and shut up. Simple as that. i can’t wait till deer season, maybe some of these ppl will disappear.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 09/06 at 09:36 AM

My brother caught a 24.5” 8.16 bass on Lake Fork a few years ago and it sure looked alot bigger then this one.  If it was that big, congrats.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 09/07 at 08:58 AM

The only thing i ever fish with is live bluegills. It doesn’t matter if i’m fishing for bass or catfish. Use a balloon for a bobber and hook em in the back and hold on. I’ve caught a lot of big bass doing this with the biggest one just under 8 pounds.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 09/08 at 11:14 AM

One particular lake I fish, almost every trip out at least one big bass will follow the boat and if fishing for gills they will sometimes make a run at the gill or small bass when I get them close to the boat I’ve watched them chase released fish also, there’s no doubt big bass like gills.
BTW that is a nice bass, congrats.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 09/09 at 04:15 PM

I recently returned from a vacation in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area at the MN/ Ontario border; hooked what felt like a small bass, decided to play it awhile when it slammed sown, ran under the boat and started peeling off line.  When I finally got it alongside, my nephew and I saw a 3 to 3 1/2 foot long northern hangin on for dear life, but shook the bass off before we could net him.  Did salvabe what was left of the 1/2 lb. bass, though.  First time for something like this, lots of fun.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 09/12 at 03:44 PM

Having fished out of Ely MN, for many years and having this happen many times it still is a rush to all of a sudden almost get your rod jerked out of your hands, the drag singing and you look down in the water to see a big pike with your fish in it’s mouth. Great area to vacation, sounds like you and your nephew brought back a memory.

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