The only trick to using these guys is to make sure that the blade is spinning on the retrieve. (If you notice that the blade is not spinning, just give the rod a little jerk and that should help it get spinning again).
You can get them for ~$2 at Dick's Sporting Goods.
well everyone has listed the bait and vertical is usually the way to go for crappie. i personally when using a spinning rod i will use beetle spins and catch some bass on them to. but i personally think the best way to catch bluegill artifically if you have the means is to use a fly rod and go from there the poppin bug works good and so on. the fly rod is what you will see a lot of older or should i say experienced fisherman using when they are not using spinning takle and if you also notice they are extremely quite when bed fishing anyway
I caught some HUGE bream last year with bettle spins in white with red and adding a pink Gulp maggot to the hook. And rooster tails with bronze/gold blades. I also like to add a gulp maggot to the shank of a worm hook with red wigglers too...
All baits listed above are great options but a really versatile option that I like to fish is a Mepps Aglia (size #1,2) It has a chartreuse blade that really helps you out in murky conditions that we often have around here. The versatile part about this lure is that it allows you to catch the bluegills and crappie but also gives you a fair chance at a decent size bass that we often see in the same area as these panfish.
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