Let’s explore some of the best new baits for bluegills, crappies and their kin-fish and examine how to use each to fill your cooler!
BERKLEY POWERBAIT ATOMIC MITE
The Atomic Mite from Berkley, which is an itsy bitsy version of what bass guys would call a creature bait, is part of a new family of panfish-sized PowerBait offerings. Less than an inch long, the Mite has a ribbed body, paddles on its sides and twin tails. The end result is an outstanding insect representation. The Atomic Mite comes pre-rigged on a 1/80-ounce jighead, with spare bodies in the package.
This bait can be cast and swum back, but only on legitimate micro gear with 4-pound-test line or smaller. An effective alternative is to add a float a couple feet above the lure, both to add casting weight and to control the depth. An Atomic Mite also can be rigged in tandem with a slightly larger jig and then cast or presented vertically over brush or other specific pieces of cover.