Bluegills are a primary forage for largemouth bass throughout the summer months, so finding them is often key to quality fishing. Wired2Fish staffers Mitch Anderson and Kobie Koenig explore a new lake with a handful of bluegill-imitating baits ranging from swim jigs, frogs, to bladed jigs.
Upon observing an abundance of bluegills in the shallows, matching the hatch was the obvious choice. Mitch opted for a swim jig while Kobie worked a popping frog or ChatterBait, depending on the cover. Moving baits allowed both anglers to fish fast and dial in the bite.
Swim Jig Setup
- Advantage Bait Company Swim Jig
- X Zone Lures Pro Series Swammer Swimbait
- 13 Fishing Inception Sport Z, 7.3:1
- 13 Fishing Envy Black II, 7'4" MHM
- Sufix 832 Braided Line, 30lb
- SPRO Dean Rojas Bronzeye Poppin' Frog 60
- Team Lew's Pro Speed Stick Casting Rod, 7'6" H
- Lew's Hypermag Casting Reel, 7.3:1
- Z-Man ChatterBait JackHammer
- Lew's Custom Pro Mark Rose Ledge Casting Rod, 7'3.5"
- Lew's Pro Ti Casting Reel, 7.5:1
Tokyo Rig Setup
- VMC Tokyo Rig Heavy Duty Flipping Hook
- VMC Flippin Weights, 1/4-ounce
- Strike King Rage Bug
- Daiwa Tatula EliteCasting Rod, 7'3" MH
- Daiwa Tatula Elite Casting Reel, 8.1:1
- Sufix Advance Fluorocarbon, 20-pound