How to Set an Ice Fishing Pole for Bluegills

How to Set an Ice Fishing Pole for Bluegills
Bluegills are a favorite quarry for ice fishermen. Jigging for bluegills is enjoyable and bluegills are one of the most coveted of freshwater fish for their sweet fillets. Knowing how to rig your ice fishing pole correctly for bluegills can help put supper on the table.
 

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Challenging

Things You’ll Need:
  • Ultralight jigging pole and reel Four-pound test monofilament or fluorocarbon fishing line Nail clippers Long-shanked number 10 hooks Small fishing jigs
  • Ultralight jigging pole and reel
  • Four-pound test monofilament or fluorocarbon fishing line
  • Nail clippers
  • Long-shanked number 10 hooks
  • Small fishing jigs
 
Step 1
Select an ultralight jigging pole and reel setup for bluegills. Remember that you will rarely encounter a bluegill that such equipment cannot easily handle when ice fishing, and this type of tackle is sensitive and will detect the subtle bite of a bluegill.
Step 2
Run four-pound test monofilament or fluorocarbon fishing line down through the eyes on your ice fishing pole and open the bail on your reel.
Step 3
Tie the line around your reel with the use of an arbor knot and flip shut the bail. Place the spool of new line at your feet, run it between your knees and begin to wind the line around your reel by turning its handle.
Step 4
Fill the ice-fishing reel to capacity with line before stopping. Snip the line off the new spool with your nail clippers and affix the loose end of the line to the spool with tape to prevent it from unraveling.
Step 5
Tie a No. 10 hook with a long shank onto the line using a clinch knot if you are going to fish with grubs, waxworms, mealworms or other small live baits. Secure a single split shot a foot above the hook. These size hooks with a longer shank work best when you consider how small the mouth of the bluegill is.
 

Tips & Warnings

 
You can use jigheads and small lures as tiny as 1/32 of an ounce for bluegills through the ice, tied on with a clinch knot to your line.

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