Trophy-sized bluegills are a premiere sport fish that require homework and patience to catch. Armed with a small jon boat and trolling motor, Wired2Fish’s McKeon Roberts slips out on a remote lake to pursue plate-sized bluegills using small jigs and plastics.
TACKLE USED (boat setup listed below):
- VMC Tungsten Nymph Jig
- 13 Fishing Fate Black 3 Spinning Rod, 7’6″ Medium-Light
- Sufix 832 Braided Line, 10lb
- Sufix Advance Fluorocarbon, 8lb
- Fish Monkey FM 40 Performance Face Shield
Finding healthy patches of broadleaf grass on mid-depth flats is the first step. McKeon uses 2D sonar in conjunction with long drifts to locate grass patches while dragging a light 1/16-ounce jig and plastic behind the boat. When he finds some fish (usually around quality grass), Roberts marks the spot with a waypoint then fishes the area thoroughly using the transom trolling motor to maintain position.
- Lund 1436L Jon Boat
- Mercury FourStroke 5hp Propane Engine
- Minn Kota Endura Max Trolling Motor
- Humminbird HELIX 7 CHIRP GPS G3
- Dakota Lithium Powerbox 12v
- Dakota Lithium 12v 100Ah Deep Cycle Battery
- RAILBALZA Kayak & Dinghy Transducer Arm XL
- RAILBLAZA TracLoader StarPort