By Dave Brown
Fishing for Panfish is a great way to spend a summer day. This type of fishing is perfect for beginners, as it is a relatively easy fish to catch. All you need is a license, some bait and a rod, and you're ready to go!
Panfish consist of Bluegill, Redear, Crappie, Sacramento Perch, Pumpkinseed and Sunfish. These little critters are not only fun to catch, but tasty too!
What you'll need
There are many different types of panfish, but most can be caught with the same bait and techniques. You'll need a license, some bait and a rod, and you're ready to go!
The most common type of bait for panfish is worms. Other good choices include corn, crickets, or minnows. When using worms, make sure to use a small hook so the bait stays on the hook.
As far as rod and reel go, you don't need anything too crazy. If you are fishing from shore, dock or boat, a short, but Light or Ultra-Light action rod is best for panfish. Something in the six-foot to 8-foot length rod with that Light or Ultra-Light action really help you feel the subtle bites that panfish provide. The new Okuma Celilo "b" series rods are perfect for this. Your reel can be anything from a 500 to 3000 size reel spooled up with two to six-pound monofilament line. A reel like the Ceymar ODT Spinning Reels make the perfect panfish reels.
Cast your line in a spot where you think there might be fish. reel in slowly, making sure to keep the bait in the water. When you feel a bite, set the hook and start reeling in your fish!
Where to go
There are many great places to go fishing for panfish. One of the best places is a local lake or river. You can also try fishing in a park or near a creek.
When choosing a spot to fish, look for areas where the water is deep and has plenty of cover, such as weeds or rocks. You can also try casting your line near the edge of the water where it meets land.
Make sure to check local fishing regulations before you go, as some areas have restrictions on what types of fish you can catch.
No matter where you go, be sure to check the local regulations before you start fishing. Each state has different rules and regulations regarding fishing, so it's important to be aware of these before you start your adventure.
Have fun and enjoy your time out on the water!
How to catch them
Now that you know where to go fishing for panfish, let's talk about how to catch them.
First, you'll need to select the right bait. Worms, minnows, and crickets work well, and you can usually purchase these items at your local bait shop.
Next, you'll need to select the right tackle. Make sure your rod and reel are the right size for the fish you're targeting.
Then, find a spot to fish. Panfish like to hang out near structure like rocks, docks, and trees. Cast your line and wait for a bite!
Reel in your catch and enjoy your day on the water!
What to do with them when you catch them
Once you've caught a panfish, there are a few things you can do with it.
You can eat them! Panfish are delicious and can be cooked in many different ways.
You can also mount them on a plaque or in a frame. This is a great way to remember your fishing trip.
Finally, you can release them back into the water. This is the best option for those who want to catch fish again. Remember CPR - Catch, Photo and Release.
Tips and tricks
When fishing for panfish, it is important to use light tackle. A rod and reel with a two to six-pound test line is perfect for catching these fish. You will also need some bait, such as worms, minnows or crickets.
When fishing for panfish, it is important to find a good spot. Look for areas where the water is shallow and there are plenty of weeds. The fish will be hiding in these areas, so it is a good place to start.
Cast your bait into the water and wait for the fish to bite. When they do, be sure to set the hook and reel them in!
Now that you know what you need and where to go, it's time to learn how to catch panfish. Cast your bait into the water and wait for the fish to bite. When they do, be sure to set the hook and reel them in! Panfish are a great fish to start with, as they are relatively easy to catch. Once you have caught a few, you can start experimenting with different baits and techniques. Have fun fishing for panfish and enjoy eating your fresh catch!