Bluegill Salad Is The Quest (live bait or lure, which is best?)

We hear a lot about tuna salad but rarely any other fish salad. I stumbled on a recipe for walleye salad wraps that convinced me that low-carb bluegill salad wraps are in my future! Click SHOW MORE for info on the equipment, the fish, the lake, and the recipes.


THE BOAT: is a Bass Hunter that I ordered from Bass Pro Shops about 12 years ago. They no longer sell it. Also, the Bass Hunter company seems to be out of business. Boats like it are still sold under the name Sun Dolphin. Do a Google search for “two man fishing boats.”

THE MOTOR: A Minn Kota, Endura 55. It has a short shaft for small boats, and has 55 LBS of thrust. It runs on a single 12v, deep cycle battery. This exact model has been discontinued.

THE LURE: is an unknown brand of a 2 inch curly tail plastic jig in purple and silver flake. It is attached to an unknown brand of 1/16 ounce jig head in silver.

THE BAIT: mealworms fixed to a 1/16 ounce jig head in silver.

THE SPINNING REEL is a Pflueger Trion GX-5. This model is no longer made.

THE SPINNING ROD is a tiny Daiwa SMC401ULFS Spinmatic-C SpinRod (4- Feet, Ultra Light, 1 Piece, 1-4 pound line test recommended). It can be found on Amazon, Fish USA, and other places.

THE SPINNING REEL LINE is SpiderWire, Ultracast, Invisi-Braid in 10 pound test, 2 pound monofilament equivalent.

THE LAKE is called Lake Ketchabigwon (named by native Americans). It is almost 6 acres and is located in NE Ohio. It is 12 feet at it’s deepest. It sits on 37 acres of property. The lake is private.

FISH IN THE LAKE are largemouth bass, bluegill, white crappie, black crappie, yellow perch, channel catfish, and grass carp

WHY KEEP SMALL BASS AND RETURN LARGER BASS: We had biologists come out and do an electroshock survey of the lake. They found too many small, stunted bass. There is only so much biomass to go around, and there are too many mouths to feed. Their advice was to remove all bass under 12 inches, and to release the bigger ones. This rule is usually the opposite in large public lakes.

WHERE TO GET A CAP LIKE MINE: You can get a “Juanelo Bait & Tackle” baseball cap here, In fact, you could put your own name on it!

The principal camera is my iPhone 6s Plus on a tripod. I also use an iPhone 5s as a close-up, counter-top camera when cooking. It is mounted on a small tripod. I use a Rhode microphone indoors to help lessen the echo. The video is edited on my MacBook Pro using Final Cut Pro X.

BACKGROUND MUSIC is called “Dear John,” purchased from

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1 to 1¼ LBS bluegill, cooked and flaked
1 Large red Onion  (chopped)
2 Medium Tomatoes (¾ LB.) chopped
1 stalk celery (2oz. chopped)
⅓ cup mayonnaise
⅓ cup sour cream
2 Jalapeño Peppers (seeded and chopped fine)
¼ cup lemon juice (I added too much in the video)
2 garlic cloves minced or jarred equivalent
1 tsp Old Bay Seafood seasoning
Black pepper to taste
10 slices of Pepper jack cheese
5 Low-carb burrito-size flour tortillas

Spray a large baking dish with cooking spray. Lay in the fish, overlapping as little as possible. Cover the dish with plastic wrap. Microwave for 5 to 7 minutes until the fish flakes easily with a fork. In a large bowl, flake the fish and mix all the ingredients together, except for the cheese, lettuce, and tortillas. On to a wrap place a little lettuce, the pepper jack cheese, two heaping tablespoons of the bluegill the mix. Tuck in the sides and slowly roll the tortilla up while continuing to tuck. With a bread knife, halve the burrito on an angle. Repeat for four more wraps.


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