As long as near-shore weedbeds remain healthy, broad-shouldered bluegills are often common residents of these lush sunken gardens.

Flush with forage items, such salad bars provide plenty of places to hide from predators, plus an all-you-can-eat buffet upon which gluttonous ’gills can gorge.

Small tungsten jigs that fish heavy for their size - thanks to being 86 percent more dense than lead - are highly effective at extracting chunky sunfish from such jungle-like environs.

The benefits begin at the hole. In clear, shallow water, it’s often wise to leave a bit of light-blocking slush in the hole to avoid alerting fish to your presence. While standard leadheads may bog down in the slush, tungsten jigs bomb right through it.

In a similar vein, these pint-sized heavyweights are also easier to finagle through the leafy canopy and down to hungry bluegills below.

You can also rip holes in the vegetation, which serves a couple of purposes. First, clearing a hole in the canopy allows you to sight fish in clear conditions. Second, the commotion often attracts nearby bluegills, which move in to look for insects and other food items falling from the leaves.

When it comes to choosing a tungsten jig, Lindy’s Tungsten Toad is a stellar option. And not just for its ability to slice through slush and salad.

Tungsten Toads also feature a 10-degree offset hook that engenders solid hookups and allows you to hang natural and soft-plastic tippings perfectly horizontal, while keeping the hook’s point fully exposed.

 

Another plus, the Toad’s wide body is easy to swim around seductively, which many times can be just what you need to trip the triggers of salad bar bluegills.