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The Shellcrackers

If you've caught a redear sunfish, or if you want people to THINK you've caught a redear sunfish, this is the group for you.

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Comment by John Burns on May 19, 2017 at 7:15am

Here is a good discussion on catching redear on another site.

low and slow - catching redear

Comment by DAVID L EITUTIS on May 19, 2017 at 5:37am

ANYONE PREFER YELLOW AS A COLOR FOR FLYS OR BUGS ? I'VE HAD GOOD LUCK ON THIS COLOR ESPECIALLY WITH A SPLASH OF RED ADDED TO THE YELLOW BASE.......

Comment by John Burns on May 18, 2017 at 5:41pm

Crickets are reportedly good for catching redear. Gulp Alive makes fake crickets.  When I need to catch some out of my forage pond I use Gulp chartruse waxies or a tiny pinch off a Gulp worm. 1/64 oz jig. Small bait and small hook does it for me.

But I know of no specific snail bait.

If you watch redear feed in an aquarium, they do not like to eat something that is not moving. I had 3" ones I was trying to feed train to eat commercial fish food. As the food dropped to the bottom they were very interested in it and sometimes would bite. But as soon as it hit the bottom they lost interest. I put some very small snails in and the redear would see movement andmgo right to the smail. They would stare at while remaining  motionless above it and strike only if the snail was moving. Some fish finally took to feed, some didn't.

slooooooow and on the bottom is how I fish for them. Often times only a foot or two from the bank if it is close to sunset. I think they come in shallow to feed where the snails are.

Comment by dick tabbert on May 18, 2017 at 4:46pm

Don't know of any but if you want for bait they love insects and dragonfly nymphs small crayfish.

Comment by Rob Hilton on May 18, 2017 at 1:13pm

Anyone got recommendations on a good freshwater snail/clam imitation? Suggestions appreciated.

Comment by John Burns on April 2, 2017 at 8:13pm

Here are some pictures of hybrid redear. They are a cross between green sunfish and redear sunfish. Somehow a couple green sunfish got in my redear only pond. :-(

Comment by John Burns on April 2, 2017 at 8:10pm

Some from this year out of my 1/20th acre forage pond.

Comment by John Burns on April 2, 2017 at 8:05pm

The 1/20th acre forage pond is about three years old. I just built a one acre pond that has not filled nor been stocked yet. It will be dedicated to Redear fish. Will stock redear and fathead minnows. Maybe small mouth bass some later years if the redear get too thick.

Comment by John Burns on October 29, 2016 at 7:16pm

It is two years old. Caught a few more this evening. Moved the hybrids to my main pond and the pure redear to a nearby sediment pond that had a fish kill. Have moved 9 adult redear to it and about 70 fingerlings that I bought from a fish truck last week. Here is a couple from tonight. Caught several smaller ones.

Comment by David, aka, "McScruff" on October 29, 2016 at 3:07pm
As we used to say in the Navy - "belay my last." Didnt know you were working to plan!
How long has the RE pond been estblished?
 

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