Doug Pietrzak—who guides on Kentucky Lake, a famed panfish hotspot—prowls the shade to find summer bluegills. "Fish want to get out of direct sunlight and heat, just like you," he says. Pietrzak targets shallow water covered by docks, trees, and other overhangs, but he's careful to keep his distance with his boat to avoid spooking fish. And a stealthy, careful approach is key. Some bluegills will move to deep water in late summer, Pietrzak adds, but on big bodies of water, like Kentucky Lake, you'll spend more time looking for those fish than you will catching them. Plus, the sun will zap you and make the day miserable. Instead, he keeps close to the bank and fishes a Berkley Gulp! Cricket under a small float. He favors live-bait imitations since they're easier to handle and stay on the hook longer than the real thing. And you won't have to deal with rogue crickets crawling around the boat.