TLambo, The gills look very delicious! Before I start, I want you to know there is absolutely nothing wrong with what you are doing. When the wife and I are targeting panfish, we first decide what type of fish we are going for depending on the area and conditions at that moment. We no longer use wax worms because we don't like baiting our hooks continuously. Every time we go out, we have leeches, Crawlers, and minnows. Leeches and crawlers for gills and perch. Which ever one they are hitting on the best at the time, we will both use it. Crappie are minnows of course, and a lot of guys use artificial bait for them also. Minnows are good for perch also. Leeches are the toughest bait. I don't use small ones because I don't want to catch small fish. The wife's go to for gills is crawlers. She really does good. She just breaks off a piece. We use slip bobbers exclusively for pan fish, but don't loose our bait all the time. I would try different bait if using Slip's and see what happens. You probably already did this but what the hey. Would like to hear about your results if you do some experimenting. Good luck!!!!!!