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Rate of Fall: It sinks in the water column with a relatively neutral attitude and at about one foot per second. I didn't fish it in waters clear enough to see it resting on the bottom and whether or not it sits up right or leans over, but again, I think this is a bait best served to be fished in motion. If a bed bait is what you want, there are other, more realistic options available.

This bait creates a lot of disturbance in the water.

Durability: Thanks to the swiveling hook eyelets, this bait is not subject to too much unexpected torque when battling your catch. Also, it's small enough to where a good sized fish can't really use the bait as leverage to throw the hooks anyway. As such, the bait has held up well for us during tests. The only real area that has the potential for wear either prematurely or otherwise, is that soft plastic tail.

Just like the triple trout, the tail on this bait is replaceable.

If you purchase your 22nd Century products through an authorized dealer, replacement tails can be ordered with little difficulty. It's just a waiting game as is anything with a one person shop such as 22nd Century. Otherwise, with replacements in hand, the tails are easily swapped.

Despite this large degree of freedom, we experienced no other durability issues with this bait.

Availability: This is where things get dicey. As mentioned earlier, 22nd Century is pretty much a one person operation. Scott Whitmer does it all and because of this, stock for ancillary baits like the Blue Gill often fall to the wayside in favor of demand for the popular TripleTrout.

The 22nd Century Bluegill - catch one while you can ...

Lesson here? When you see one, order it right away. It could be months, it could be a year or more before any retailer sees new stock in these baits because it's not often that Whitmer makes them.


22nd Century Bluegill Bait Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality Solidly crafted and constructed bait 8
Performance Really nice swimming action 8
Price Pretty average to very good for a hand made bait 7
Features Stock hooks could stand an upgrade 6
Design (Ergonomics) Looks can be deceiving but looks are what this score are all about 7
Application A good sized bait for fishing a variety of cover conditions 7.5

Total Score

Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = unbelievable!
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Pluses and Minuses:


+ Traditional Triple Trout Swimming Action - Very difficult to find
+ Compact, easy to throw size  


... because this bait maybe difficult to find, but it is certainly worth the effort.


Conclusion: If there's a bait 22nd Century makes, we are interested in throwing it. Such is the confidence we have in this manufacturer's product. Scott Whitmer takes his time but dedicates himself to building a quality product. His Bluegill bait is no exception to this rule. Just like his trout bait, it's not flashy, but it's effective. The added bonus is it's sized right for rods and reels you probably already have in your arsenal. Looking at the product from a different angle, because it's so difficult to find means that there's likely very few people throwing this bait, and if you do manage to get your hands on one, chances are the fish you are pursuing haven't seen this bait before. In the world of big baits, we all know how valuable that position can be!










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