big panfish lures

Discussion in 'Panfish Discussions' started by London calling, Jan 16, 2009.

  1. I want to target big panfish this year. I've caught a few on bass size minnows/crankbaits but that has been hit & miss. Does anybody have a go to lure for big panfish :B ?

  2. When I fish a private lake or pond, I never go without a Beatle Spin. I have got some really big gills and crappies on them over the years.:)

  3. I like the rebel craws, or crappie plastics for big gills
  4. firehawkmph

    firehawkmph Retired Firefighter

    Black and red ant with a few maggots or a Berkley micro craw on it.
    Mike Hawkins
  5. Biggest gill Ive ever gotten was on a 1/2oz bass tandem spinnerbait.

    Shocked the crap outta me. Go big or go home!
  6. whole nitecrawler on a plastic worm hook.Back in the 70's at Ladue by that island left of the boat house in the evening.Big gills & bass. Ah , the good old days when slabs swam free. Rooster tails 1/4oz.
  7. First consider if are you fishing a body of water that has big gills or crappie.
    Hard to catch if they aren't there.

    I think these are all good suggestions, fish for the gills with crappie lures, and fish for the crappie like your fishing for bass.

    My best softwater crappie have all come on 3-4 inch suspending jerkbaits in the early spring when they push shallow and the water is still cold. jerk- pause- repeat

    Also big gills are suckers for bigger panfish poppers on a flyrod. It just seems to call the biggest gills around. Once in the spring while fishing for stocked trout, I caught 4 fish ohio gills on half a night crawler laid on the bottom.
  8. symba

    symba Kayak Conquistador

    I say use any bait that you regularly would (worms, jigs, roosters), but UPSIZE! I got a 12" crappie on a 5" bait last year while SM fishing.
  9. striperswiper

    striperswiper Catfisherman for life;)

    i would have to say a very small shad spinner ive caught my largest gills on this lure it works great just cast out and reel in it simple ive caught gills well hybrids 10"+ it works