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Fish: Green Sunfish

Need advice

Post By: Opry99er      Posted: 1/4/2014 12:58:47 PM     Points: 595    
Specifically targeting green sunfish and gills this week. Need some advice on what to use. Obviously tiny hooks/jigs... but anyone have thoughts on colors or what to tip with?

I have some tiny pink/red plastic trout trap jigs and some packaged wax worms... Should I try those or go with marabou or another type/color?

The lake I'm icing doesn't have much other than panfish, so I'm using 4 lb low vis.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
 Reply by: oldguy      Posted: 1/4/2014 1:13:47 PM     Points: 245    
Try some glow jigs tipped with waxworm. I got a package of 12 for $4.80 at Eage Claw store. The one with green and black eye seems to work best for me at CC (got lots of nice gills there).
 Reply by: Opry99er      Posted: 1/4/2014 1:21:31 PM     Points: 595    
Good stuff. I live right by Discount Tackle and they have glow jigs AND live Waxies. Ill likely stop there on the way to go fishin'.

 Reply by: the fishing dj      Posted: 1/4/2014 3:42:06 PM     Points: 25870    
So far for me this season, my gills have been on a 1/64oz orange and chartreuse pelkie jig tipped with half of a meal worm. I sat my rod down in the rod holder and just lightly tapped the blank, causing it to lightly twitch in the water, and after a while, they would come in. Good luck and I hope this helped.
Tight lines,
 Reply by: Opry99er      Posted: 1/4/2014 7:45:48 PM     Points: 595    
Nice fish!!! I love greenies. Such cool fish.

Thanks for the advice too, guys. I very much appreciate it. I've never fished for anything through the ice except trout and eyes (once). I love fishing for (and catching) sunfish and crappie. As a kid in Texas, there were so many bluegill that anglers were asked to throw them on the shore if they were caught. Of course I wouldn't do it... they're too cool a fish for that.

Anyway, looking forward to getting to know gills and greenies here in Colorado.
 Reply by: Dubtrout      Posted: 1/4/2014 8:00:02 PM     Points: 389    
Watched the new FT show with chad L. and Nate. Z today. It was summer (in the boat) but they were nailing gills (jigs tipped w crawlers)under slip bobbers all day. cool show chad fried some up!
 Reply by: the fishing dj      Posted: 1/4/2014 8:20:14 PM     Points: 25870    
Opry, just out of curiosity, where are you going to chase them? If you want, I know of a killer pond up north here, and if you're willing to drive a bit, you can have what might be your best day on ice for gills. Hit me up through my skipper link if your interested. I'll put a little teaser of what the lake is capable of below for you.
Tight lines,
 Reply by: Opry99er      Posted: 1/4/2014 10:11:46 PM     Points: 595    
dam, that's a real deal fish!!!

Up north, like FoCo?
 Reply by: Opry99er      Posted: 1/4/2014 10:19:14 PM     Points: 595    
Message sent.
 Reply by: USAF1SG      Posted: 1/4/2014 11:54:10 PM     Points: 30    
Good luck, Opry. Please report back with your findings.
 Reply by: Opry99er      Posted: 1/5/2014 12:33:34 AM     Points: 595    
I'll do that for sure... :)

Can not WAIT to get out there.