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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 November 22, 2017 at 9:07pm

Here is a redear I caught with a cast net out of my forage pond. I had been catching 3" fingerlings to transfer to another pond and this big boy showed up in the net.

Comment by John Burns on November 1, 2017 at 2:31pm

Ok, thanks for that information. Water temp in my pond that I caught this fish was 56 degrees so that explains it.

Comment by Troy Dorman on November 1, 2017 at 8:40am
They get that washed out look in the colder months, I'm not sure why. The big ones I catch here on Lake Barkley in the spring time, usually have a strong color. The males will be absolutely gorgeous with an almost black appearance, with a strong cherry red ear tab. The big females get mustard colored on the belly, and full of eggs. I've been wanting to catch some in the fall here, but it's a tough fall bite around here.
Comment by John Burns on October 31, 2017 at 9:43pm

One I caught at dusk tonight. Really washed out color and had to do a double take to notice it was a RES.

Comment by John Burns on October 21, 2017 at 10:28pm

A couple from just before sundown from my 1/10th acre sediment pond where I am trying to get some recruitment. These are likely some adult size breeders I put in last year about this time. Good to know they are still there.

Comment by John Burns on September 24, 2017 at 10:42am

Not a lot of activity in this group. That is a whopper of a Redear, or at least it would be to me. I have them in my pond but the largest I have caught has been a little over 10". Would like to catch one out of my ponds that size some day.

Comment by Tommy Mikic on September 21, 2017 at 3:23pm
New to the group this past week after the hurricane came through I have been catching some big shellcrackers on big dragonfly nymphs. Not a lot of them but the one we catch are 12-14" and real nice color. Usually during the full and new moon here in Florida we catch bream and some big shellcrackers on the beds every moth from the main spawn in March thru September. After that they go on a minnow bite that's when minnow immatation come into play.
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.

 

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