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Old 08-14-2014, 11:28 PM
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Default Set-Up For Bluegills

My local lake has an amazing population of bluegills. I find myself regularly catching them on all manner of lures, meant for the much harder to entice bass I normally target. Any recommendations for a nice all around bluegill set up (what size/weight rod etc).
Lake is a typical mountain lake (in NY) no weird structure, cast to dock/bank, reel, catch bluegill, repeat.
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Just about any 4 or 5 weight will work fine for BG, depending on you preferences and budget. Cabelas did have or does have the Reddington CT rods for sale at $99 which would be a good one, this rod goes on sale on a regular basis, and some members put 'em for sale at times at well. Cabelas prestige reels would make a good match for the rod as well.
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I started out with a 5wt. And while I like it and am having a blast with it I have only caught bluegill. I'm currently saving to build a lighter setup to bring out a little more fight in the smaller fish. Gonna get a 3wt classic trout. There are so many good choices just depends on what you want.
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Although I don't often get to, I have a 7ft 3wt loaded with a WF4F on it specifically for bluegill. It's a hoot. Unless you're someplace where you might get into something significantly bigger, it's all you need.
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I have a 5wt Orvis Clearwater set up. It's a great little rig, perfect for bluegill, bass and trout. I'd love to have a little 3wt to go after them, but honestly there's no real need. 5wt.... Jack of all trades, master of none.
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I use a Reddington CT 3wt. Its fun for gills and small bass and salt water catfish. I use one ofCabelas wind river reels on it. It was like $19 on sale. Go cheap on the reel, its just a line holder for panfish. Though will say thaT I do get the cats on the reel and that little thing has a decent drag.
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i use a variety of 4wt glass rods! the 4wt can throw hopper/droppers but being fiberglass, bends into the handle with fiesty panfish lots of fun and what i end up fishing for to relax and have non stop action!
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I've been using a 3wt 8'4" and having so much fun with the 'gills.

A couple years ago, I had a 1wt Superfine, and it was a "thrill" to catch a 6" bluegill with that rod. I sold it, and I'm so sorry I did! I'm looking for a good deal on a Sage 000.

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I literally have a garbage can full of vintage rods all waiting their turn to come out to play
Most of those rods are used primarily for bluegill and most of those are 6wts
Light enough for bluegill, heavy enough for bass.
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8 ft 5wt orvis silver label or clearwater with battenkill barstock and wf f line...bluegill catching machine
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