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Ultralight fishing for panfish with the Rapala F2 spinning rod, Rapala Halo reel and Jointed Rapala.

Posted on June 7th, 2014
I know what you are thinking....I would be all over those TriggerX grubs if I as a panfish, trout or steelehead!
I know what you are thinking….I would be all over those TriggerX grubs if I as a panfish, trout or steelehead!

June is an excellent month to target chunky panfish along rocky shorelines.  One of the best ways to catch them is either to cast small “micro-grubs” like the new line of TriggerX panfish creatures.

rockbass_rapalaIf I’m fishing from shore, I also like casting a #5 Jointed Rapala.  I find the #5 is the perfect size for larger panfish, it casts well and only swims about 2′ below the surface so there is little chance to get caught on the bottom.

rapala_f2_haloreelI fish all of my small baits with the Rapala F2 ultralight spinning rod matched with a Rapala Halo ultralight reel loaded with Sufix 832, 4 lb. test braid, and Sufix 4 lb. Flurocarbon leader.

rockbassEven though you can get a mixed-bag of bluegill, crappie, perch and rock bass, I really like the aggressive nature of rock bass, and the chunky size they can reach.  On my last outing I caught several rock bass that were around the 1lb. mark, which makes for lot’s of fun on an ultralight!

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