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Catching Bream in the Cold Weather and the Hot Summer

Day 2: Rigging for Deep Water Bluegill Bream in Cold Weather and the Summer

Editor’s Note: Few people fish for bluegills in the coldest winter and the hottest summer months in the South – except for the late Steve Pope of Centre, Alabama, who was a fishing guide at Guntersville and Weiss lakes in north Alabama.

Click for Larger ViewClick for Larger ViewTo rig for deep-water bluegills, Pope first would put a 1/32-ounce glitter jig on his line and slide it up his line about 25 inches. Then he tied a loop in the line with the jig swinging freely on the end of the loop. Next, Pope hooked a waxworm on the glitter jig. On the bottom end of the line, he tied a 1-ounce bell sinker, before lowering the jig/waxworm combination to the bottom. Once the sinker hit the bottom, he began to slowly raise the sinker off the bottom and very gently moved his rod tip up and down until a bluegill attacked. "During the winter, bluegills generally will attack the jig before the bell sinker even reaches the bottom," Pope explained. "If you watch your line as your sinker falls, you'll often see a twitch on the line indicating a strike before the sinker hits bottom."

Click for Larger ViewClick for Larger ViewAlthough Pope preferred to use 6-pound-test line, because that was the line he always kept on his reel, he admitted that he could catch more bluegills fishing with 4-pound-test line. Pope also mentioned that he'd learned that fishing in water that deep meant he might catch bass, crappie and catfish while fishing for big bluegills. So, he liked to use that heavier line to take those bigger fish.

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Tomorrow: How to Catch Bluegill Bream during Bedding Season

Check back each day this week for more about "Catching Bream in the Cold Weather and the Hot Summer"

Day 1: Use a Depth Finder to Catch Big Deep Water Bluegill Bream
Day 2: Rigging for Deep Water Bluegill Bream in Cold Weather and the Summer
Day 3: How to Catch Bluegill Bream during Bedding Season
Day 4: Where Bluegill Bream Go After Bedding Season
Day 5: How Not to Catch Bluegill Bream

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Entry 707, Day 2