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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 shooter on November 29, 2008 at 8:42am
the lake i fish has a lot of cover with cypress , tupelo gum and button wood bushes.
the chinks feed at the submerged roots of all three for snails shrimp and various nymps.
i fish these trees and bushes close ,and yes low and slow.
most of the beds in this lake have these trees and bushes in and around them,making fly fishing them a challenge.
after forty+ yrs of trial and error i have finally got to the point where i have some success catching these fish on flies.
the only advise that i can give to anyone that wants to catch these fish on flies is "endeavor to persevere" and low and slow is the right approach.
i can tell you this trout do not have anything on chinks when it comes to flies,chinks can be just as selective ,and if i had kept score through the years it would be chinks 100 me 10.
Comment by Bruce Condello on November 29, 2008 at 8:11am
I've definitely tried to catch chinks/shellcrackers/redears on a fly! ;-)

They're very, very challenging, but I've caught a few. My biggest concern is having the patience to keep it low 'n' slow. I've just used a little micro beadhead pattern with lots of olive color in it to try to mimic a damselfly nymph. I don't know nearly as much about fly fishing as you guys do, but I'm learning! Maybe by next spring my proficiency will improve a little bit.
Comment by shooter on November 29, 2008 at 8:04am
how many here fly fish for shellcrackers(chinks)using flies,and what fly is your top producer for these fish,here is mine.
this fly is tied on a #4 mustad hook #3260:
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Comment by David Merical on November 24, 2008 at 7:38am
There are certain lakes in the southern 2/3 of Iowa that have redear sunfish. Apparently they aren't native to Iowa, but were all stocked from a Missouri strain.
Comment by shooter on November 23, 2008 at 4:34pm
oh yes i call um chinks ,short for chinquapin,we fish them on fly rods,in the timber,
artificial (flies)i tie my own,although my wife fishes with live bait most of the time.i am slooowly converting he to flies.
i have been looking for this site for yrs now thanks for the opportunnity to join.shooter


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Comment by Jr Branham on October 27, 2008 at 5:32pm
Nice fish Mod, I plan on going soon to the river near my home, the shellcracker gather in groups in deep holes, hope to be able to post some southern cracker pics next month.
Comment by Bruce Condello on October 16, 2008 at 10:45am
Nice one, Musky Mod!
Comment by Zig on October 16, 2008 at 7:03am
I'm joining now........................someday I'll catch one.
Comment by Alex G. on October 16, 2008 at 6:45am
Holy Red Ear!!!!! Musky Mod, that is a beauty!!!

Bruce, I know what I know only because of groups like this, and asking the experts such as yourself and Daryl!!!!!
Comment by Bill "Musky" Modica on October 15, 2008 at 8:47pm

Hello to the Shellcraker clan......I love fishing for Redears close to home in northern Illinois.....I have a 3 lake chain in my area that produces very nice fish, some over 10"
 

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