Most fishermen have heard the claim that, pound for pound, bluegill outpull bass. There is also the claim that if a bluegill got to five pounds no tackle would hold them. I have to disagree. I think people feel like bluegill pull harder because they catch them on light tackle compared to bass. I have caught one-pound bluegill and one-pound bass back-to-back on ultralight tackle several times and I think bass are stronger than bluegill. And one fisheries biologist I interviewed agrees.
picture (c) Ronnie Garrison
Bass VS Bluegill - Which Pulls Harder