Here's a technique for those super-soft-biting bluegills that I call
What it means is holding your rod in one hand and holding your line just
beyond the rod tip with your thumb and forefinger of the other hand. By doing
so, you will detect the most finicky of bites that not even a spring bobber
sometimes will detect. Our sense of touch is more sensitive than any fishing
How do I even see it, you ask? Well, it's small, but you've got to watch it.
A bright bobber stop, or a threaded one will be more
As for spring bobbers, I use them a lot for bluegills and sunfish. But if
you're jigging, watch that spring bobber and see how much it's moving. It
sometimes can impart more action on your bait than a rod tip, because of spring
action. Here's how I dial it back. Hold the rod horizontal to your body, then
take your opposing hand and tick the spring bobber with a finger. You just move
it a little, tiny bit for some super-subtle action. It might not seem like
much, but that lure is moving!
Finally, remember that a spring bobber will bend a bit when you set a hook,
so always set the hook a little harder and firmer when using a spring bobber.
These are great tools, and by honing your technique with them, you'll catch
even more March panfish
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One of the most popular ice-angling seminar speakers in the country, Minnesota-based "Tackle" Terry Tuma was catching big fish through hard water before it was "cool." From border country walleyes to farm pond panfish, Tuma explains his ice formula for catching winter fish.