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When fishing, it is always best to know the fish that you are fishing for. For instance, you should know what time of day are they more likely to eat and what season would you be most likely to catch them. When fishing for bluegill you should remember to use very small hooks, since these fish have a very small mouth. Size 10 is usually what I use but you can even go smaller than that if you like. Another very important factor to consider when purchasing your hooks is if they are barbed or not. Most hooks these days are barbed, which 90% of the time kill the fish if caught and released. Although barbed does make it easier to hook the fish you shouldn't use it if you don't intend to keep the fish. If you are just going to fish for the sport then you shouldn't use barbed hook.

A bluegill will eat almost anything. They can even eat and live off of algae. They love worms though, especially nightcrawlers which I have found to be the most successful. They will even eat pill bugs. They love tiny minnows, which you can get yourself for free by catching them. They swim in very large schools close to land. Just get about 2 feet from them and splash them toward land. Then look on land and you should see at least 4 or 5 minnows. If you are going for that trophy bluegill, this is your bait.

You will catch the most bluegill in the middle of the day up under some shade. Bluegill travel in very large schools. If you should find a school, don't cast right in the middle of them. Cast so that they have to travel a few feet to get the bait. This way all the splashing wont scare the school away, for bluegill spook easily.

Always remember that bluegill are in the brimm family, and where there is on there is usually a lot more of them.