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    In CT, it seems the only way to catch stripers in the CT river is using herring or fish with a similar profile. However, herring are illegal to use, and I've seen people pulling out keepers using bluegill/sunfish. Has anyone else done or heard of this?? I always thought that they preferred soft-fin fish.

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    I doubt that bluegill would last real long in salt water. Other than that I would imagine they would work. They work great for largemouths in my pond.
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    Do think a bluegill/sunfish would work in the delaware river in the spring?

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    That water is probablly brackish.As far eating sunnies I've seen em eat em in my neck of the woods the delaware river.
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    Quote Originally Posted by outfishing14 View Post
    Do think a bluegill/sunfish would work in the delaware river in the spring?
    If you can find one the bass have cleaned the river out of sunnies,crappies and such
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sir Reel View Post
    I doubt that bluegill would last real long in salt water. Other than that I would imagine they would work. They work great for largemouths in my pond.

    I think he might be talking about a freshwater river

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    I am talkin bout freshwater around gloucester county area.

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    I know firsthand that white perch livelined are deadly on Delaware River bass in the spring and their fins and gills are a lot sharper than a sunfish. Bass eat anything.

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    I have used bluegills 2-5" long when it was tought to get Spots. They do catch stripers BUT they only last about 15-20 minutes in saltwater.
    I also have acaught a couple bass on dead bluegills drifting
    didn't use them this year as Spots were plentiful
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    Quote Originally Posted by ridenfish View Post
    I know firsthand that white perch livelined are deadly on Delaware River bass in the spring and their fins and gills are a lot sharper than a sunfish. Bass eat anything.
    What he said
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    I would say definately as long as its in freshwater, I have caught them in the Susquehanna on Bluegills, and have caught TONS of Leagremouths and Muskys and Pike on bluegills, so I'm sure they would work for stripers as long as its freshwater.

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