Jar of baits

Manufactured baits like Berkley Fish Fry or Waxies are good alternatives to live baits like earthworms, crickets and wax worms.

Fishing is supposed to be enjoyable, not an endurance contest or a lesson in exercising patience. In my book, nothing rings the bell any louder in the fun-fishing arena than bluegillin’ does.

Bluegillin’ is a moniker my good friend Lonnie Stanley coined years ago in a discussion about fishing for a variety of bantamweight sunfish. The pint-size brawlers — redear, bluegill, redbreast and longear — are frequently referred to as “bream.”

Matt Williams is a freelance writer based in Nacogdoches. He can be reached by email at mattwillwrite4u@yahoo.com.

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