If a healthy bluegill is hooked under their dorsal fin, high in the back, how long would you expect it to stay alive and kicking (if it isn't eaten).
Are we talking about 10s of minutes, a few hours, overnight...? For the sake of the question, let's say this gill is about 4" long, 5/0 kahle, little or no current.
What about hooked elsewhere? I set out some gills yesterday, they were alive when I put them on the hook, but they were dead within 2 1/2 hours. I'll admit, I think I hooked them too far back (after the dorsal), and that may have played a part in it by wearing them down.
New to live gills for bait, just trying to get a feel for it. The 2 bullheads I had on were strong as ever.
If you can either quickly or quietly switch out shells, you can bring home almost anything.