Panfishing Techniques

There are many panfishing techniques that are easy to learn, and all of them are rather effective. That is what is so great about panfishing. Regardless of the method that you use, you are likely to find some success. The key is to know what type of panfish you are looking for and knowing where to find them. Proper bait choice is also a vital part of panfishing, though most panfish will strike at anything edible that resembles their natural food choices of worms, insects and so on.

If you are fishing for crappie, bream, sunfish, or bluegill type panfish, then bobber fishing is about as effective as anything. The key is to use a small bobber as opposed to a large one. Large bobbers are easier to see at a distance, but they are also more visible to the panfish. A smaller bobber will draw more action. Place your hook down about two feet below the bobber, and use a #6 hook. If you are fishing for smaller bream then use a smaller hook. This panfishing technique is very easy, but you should know that patience is the key. If you do not get a bite in a few minutes, move on to another location.

If you are fishing for perch or bullhead, then you will need to use a bottom rig most often. This is a split shot sinker and a swivel rig along with a #4 to #6 hook. You will want to slowly troll the bottom of the water source in the evenings or nighttime for these types of fish most often. This panfishing technique is a bit more challenging but very rewarding. Bullhead panfish are very good to eat and are a great deal of fun to catch.