Live Bait for Sunfish
The larger sunfish, such as rock bass and crappies, may be taken on a live minnow bait; the very small minnows with a stripe on the side, those about two inches long, are the ones to use. Hook them lightly just under the dorsal fin. Cast the bait and let it sink well down, and then reel in very slowly. After all there is nothing better than the common angleworm. Use the smaller ones and bait the hook so that the worm can wiggle. Soft-shelled crawfish or the peeled tail of a hard shelled one also makes good bait. A single gut leader should always be used, and a split buckshot for a sinker. I don't think it necessary to mention the various places they are likely to be found at certain times,. and other such information, for the angler will soon learn this if he fishes often in the same waters, and nothing that I could tell would be of any special value.
Brooks, Lake. The Science of Fishing. Columbus, OH: A.R. Harding, 1912. Print.
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