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Best way to catch pan fish

7/8/15 @ 8:00 PM
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narbars
User since 4/24/13
We are going on a family fishing trip in august. I really have never fished for them before. Looking for information on best way to catch them for the kids. Any help is greatly appreciated.

Thanks Narbar

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3/4/16 @ 10:56 PM
svitreum
svitreum
User since 8/29/06
I used to religiously fish 4 lb line when summer panfishing, to the point of making fun of my friend who will not use less than 6 lb test, ever. Then one day my float goes under and when I set the hook I am into a very heavy fish. Didn't see him for a solid 5 minutes or more as he stayed down and away in about 18 fow. All the while I am playing this fish my friend is laughing at me and telling me to quit fooling around and bring that damn fish in. He has the net in hand and had to reel in his rods and wait for me to wear the fish down. Well, it turned out to be a 22" smallie that easily went close to 6 lb. Once he netted it and dropped the net unceremoniously to the boat floor he told me "unhook your 4 lb test fish" all the while laughing his ass off.

I went out a few days later and bought 6 lb line and respooled all my pannie rods. Blush

3/3/16 @ 8:18 AM
BradyW
User since 3/3/16
Bluegills in general are the easiest fish to catch. At least where I fish. Bread on a hook, drop it is 3 foot water, and snag 10 gills in 2 minutes. Family favorite to catch, keeps the kids content. Taste pretty good too.

1/31/16 @ 2:02 AM
rottenfisher1
rottenfisher1
User since 11/8/10
I used to use live bait for panfish in the summer, but I catch a lot more now using tube jigs.

https://www.google.com/search?q=betts+tube+jig&biw=1517&bih=741&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjlv4-6ytPKAhXJVyYKHX5jCZ8Q_AUIBygC&dpr=0.9

9/19/15 @ 6:44 AM
SnakeSter
SnakeSter
MEMBER since 7/9/12
Tannerite would also work very good.

8/3/15 @ 6:39 PM
SnakeSter
SnakeSter
MEMBER since 7/9/12
Chop-chop, Everyone or mostly everyone calls them all gills! Thank you for your precise correction though. I still call them gills. I know Sarge doesn't get too excited about what type of panfish it actually is. Thanks for your input though.

8/2/15 @ 8:08 AM
drummer boy
drummer boy
User since 3/14/08
Nice gill

8/1/15 @ 12:10 PM
ol sarge
ol sarge
User since 3/8/04
I went out last night and found all of my panfish in the slop. That 10 lb line did not even flinch pulling them from open water thru the weeds to my boat. I stand by the new Zebco 33 all metal reel spooled with the 10 lb cajin line. For an off the shelf, ready to fish reel, it cant be beat. The big gill and bass in the photo were caught with the same set up. Both still swimming. Just my 2 cents.

7/30/15 @ 8:06 AM
drummer boy
drummer boy
User since 3/14/08
I also agree with using heavier line,I use 8lb on most of my bait rods.I use the heavier line because they just love to dig into thick weeds.Now saying that I also use line as light as 2lb when I need to, when casting light jigs.I have started to use 5 lb braid for casting light jigs around cover.That stuff is way stronger than 5lb and has the diameter of 1 lb mono use it on a 8ft ultralight for light jigs cast a mile.

7/30/15 @ 5:14 AM
SnakeSter
SnakeSter
MEMBER since 7/9/12
I agree with Sarge. We have lost too many big fish using ultra light line. We still catch just as many pan fish but are better prepared for that big smallie that just happens to be where we are fishing for little ones.

7/29/15 @ 7:40 AM
ol sarge
ol sarge
User since 3/8/04
I said 10lbs test because that is what comes prespooled on the Zebco 33. It is all I fish with and it is not too heavy. When fishing for gills, you are bound to catch the occasional bass or cat and you will be glad you had the heaveir line. This is the perfect set up for younger folks who may not know how to work the drag. Nothing more disappointing than losing that big fish because the line broke. I have fished 10lbs test and Zebco 33 for over 40 years and it is my go to for panfish. The only time I change my rod and reel selection is when I am fishing walleyes, then it is spinning reel and fire wire. I say keep it as simple as possible. Just my 2 cents

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