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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 Greg Easley on April 6, 2022 at 7:41am

That's good work.  Definitely adds to the knowledge base of ways to get RES started on pellets.

Comment by Randy Wagoner on April 4, 2022 at 5:45am

No pellets as babies, and there's still several RES holdouts.  They occasionally will take a pellet in their mouths a few seconds but still spit 'em out. As week 2 progresses, the 11 incher with a spot on his back seems to prefer the Optimal pellets over worms.  Another reason they took to pellets in just a week, is they have been 'chumed' twice before, with worms, a few days before the grandkids would come visit.  Whenever I show up with the blue container, they're like pets.  Oh, the guy at the bait shop says he'll get me a 1,000 crickets for $18.  My RES go nuts over those.  I guess you could say they are trained to strike the surface too.

Comment by Greg Easley on April 4, 2022 at 5:25am

Good video.  Did your fish get pellets when they were babies, or was this a completely new thing for them?  

Comment by Randy Wagoner on April 3, 2022 at 10:46am

I think you're on pace for 2 lb.er too Greg, lots of $$ & groceries pays dividends with these beautiful big brim.  I had an 11 incher a few years ago, but think a crane got that one.  My solo big mouth bass hit the pond hard for 2 yrs, wiped out the clouds of fatheads and silenced the frogs.  He became hook shy after breaking some of my fly weight rigs.  Finally reeled him in so he has his own 5 ac. pond now.  It'll be interesting to see the forage base to bounce back.  Don't know of scuds or daphnia, but this pond has the other forage. Seems warm water helps big RES.  Your gal looks to be a tad over 11".  Feed her well and harass the cranes!

Comment by Randy Wagoner on April 2, 2022 at 8:09pm
Comment by David, aka, "McScruff" on March 29, 2022 at 6:34am

Hope to see the vid

Comment by Randy Wagoner on March 29, 2022 at 6:27am

Will try to provide a 1.95 MB video, but no promises.  Sorry, have vid on phone, yet no tec expertise to move onto youtube or here.

Comment by Randy Wagoner on March 28, 2022 at 12:22pm

1  WEEK  PELLET  TRAINED  SHELLCRACKERS  March 28, 2022

For this video on a Mon I fed 'em 50 worms.  Only a few came to my cinder block island, yet by Wed most were there.  On Thurs 18 RES & 1 6" blk crappie attended and pellets were introduced.  They took 4 of the 20 water soaked Optimal Bluegill pellets. Fri 7/20; Sat 14/20; Sun 18/20, should note that I left 2 pellets floating which may of  sank to be eaten.  Day 8 this video and only 1 container (25) worms.  The water had cooled to low 50's with our cold snap, last nite 33 degrees.  They weren't as cooperative with the pellets but as you can see, they still consider the Optimal 'Good Eats.'  Edit:  at 1 point I state, "fish trained" Shellcrackers meant "pellet trained Shellcrackers."  These ladies & gents are pre-spawn.  They should be at it with the April full moon and water back in the 60's.https://www.facebook.com/messenger_media/?thread_id=100000123554039...

Comment by Greg Easley on October 4, 2021 at 12:33pm

I think I'm on pace to have 2lb redear by this time next year.

Comment by Greg Easley on June 29, 2021 at 11:04am

Before the RES went in I stocked fatheads, gams, shiners, crayfish, grass shrimp, scuds, and daphnia.  When the RES were babies I caged them up and taught them to eat pellets.  They are not lacking for groceries.

 

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