A few weeks ago while researching some BFS topic on another forum I ran across this rig I'd never heard of before. This is what happens when you pick up fishing late in life
Anyhow, I figured it might be fun to try something new and see how the bluegill respond.
I received a few Johnson Beetle Spin rig kits in the mail for panfish and crappie and packed them with me on a hike to a lake in the local hills.
First I strung up my Redington Butter Stick II 6wt and tossed out some RLD's and small bluegill spiders, just to see if anyone was home.
(pic from a couple years ago)
Then I headed around to another part of the lake and got out the Graywolf Trout Smith 7' 3-piece E-glass rod I bought from Shane last year, with 6# Eurotackle braid on a small Pfleuger President.
I looked at the plastics and jig head in the Johnson pack, figured I could do better, and mounted a 1/32 oz jig head I'd powder-painted myself with a 1" EPF Swimbait from Eurotackle in green pumpkin.
Golly, it actually works !
A bass decided to get in on the act, too.
I switched to chartreuse.
The rod action was super-fun; not exactly what you would want for bass, but great for trout and panfish. To switch things up I also used a 1.5" B-Vibe and the crappie rig, but with a 1/16 oz jig head.
The Eurotackle braid was nice for spinning, though being very thin it seemed to abrade quite easily. I actually did try their 8# braid on one of my BFS reels, but didn't much care for it in that application (YMMV). I plan to try the 4# on one of my trout spinning reels.
Later I noticed that the rigs can be purchased from other sellers without the jig heads or plastics (I have plenty of those already). The rigs have swivels on the spinners, so I don't think they twist the line. I'll have to try this with a BFS rod, too. Fun !