Posts by Dennis Christian over on the white bass forum regarding how he successfully uses a plain Mepps Aglia for that species had me quickly ordering the two sizes in silver blades he recommends. These lures await some day when I can target white bass the way Dennis does.
So, while I was ordering these larger Mepps Aglias, I noticed that they had a "00" size, a really tiny silver Aglia for panfish, and bought a couple of them, too.
First day out on my dock and first cast . . . as I was reeling the Aglia in and watching the cool little spinning action as it came through the water about 6" under the surface, I actually saw the bluegill run at it and smack it. Whew, they are fast! I reeled this one in and about a half dozen more just running the Mepps Aglia across open water out in front of my boat dock.
So, last evening, Louise and I went down, the weather was so nice, and I had a "4 species" catch result: many bluegills, one small bass (photo), one crappie, and . . . a 26" catfish!!! The catfish ran me over into the pads, we fought each other (I was using an ultra-light rod and 2 lbs. braid) for about 10 minutes. The catfish finally came out of the weeds and I netted it.
Anyway, a pic of the tiny Mepps Aglia, an old school inline spinner, and one of the fish below. I wish I had the camera available when I caught the catfish . . . it'd be the largest (strongest) fish caught on the 2 lbs. braid yet for me. I thought it was going to spool me, might have if it had taken off for open water.
I give my personal endorsement, for what it's worth, regarding these tiny little Mepps if anyone is looking for another lure to be used with an active retrieve. Lots of fun. Fish seem to love them. It is a bit like fishing topwater lures to me since you can see the shiny silver blade coming back, at least at the speed and water clarity I was fishing.
Pics sideways. Hmm???