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Catching Bream in the Cold Weather and the Hot Summer

Day 5: How Not to Catch Bluegill Bream

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 ViewPope told a story about a client who quickly learned how not to catch deep-water bluegills.

“I gave my client a box of waxworms, but he wasn't catching any fish with them," Pope recalled. “However, every time I put a waxworm on my glitter jig, my cork instantly sank. Finally, my client caught a couple of bluegills, but not nearly the size that I'd caught. I couldn't understand why my client wasn't catching fish, but I knew something was wrong." So, Pope left his position in the front of the boat and walked back to the rear of the boat to his client.

Click for Larger ViewClick for Larger View"Actually there's no way to put a waxworm on the hook wrong," Pope explained. "But I still wondered why this man wasn't catching fish." As Pope watched, his fisherman reached in the bait tub, picked out a wood chip, put it on his hook and cast it out. "I couldn't believe it," Pope stated. "The fellow was fishing with wood chips and hadn't seen the white waxworms among the white wood chips. But he still caught two bluegills on the wood chips. When I finally showed him what a waxworm looked like, he started catching just as many big bluegills as I was catching."

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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 5