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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 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.

Comment by Jeffrey D. Abney on June 28, 2021 at 12:19pm

Well I don’t know a thing about raising shell crackers but I would be ecstatic if they got this size in two years, awesome Greg

Comment by Greg Easley on June 28, 2021 at 11:37am

Caught that one within two days of the two year anniversary of stocking fingerlings.

Comment by Jeffrey D. Abney on June 25, 2021 at 6:50pm

That’s a good looking Redear Greg, how long has that fish been in your pond? Thanks in advance, Jeff

Comment by Greg Easley on June 24, 2021 at 12:16pm

Caught this little guy out of my pond a couple days ago.

Comment by John Burns on January 29, 2020 at 1:31pm

Very nice. Small ponds are lots of fun.

I have had the best success catching the buggers in a pond with only redear in it.

Comment by Randy Wagoner on January 29, 2020 at 12:54pm

Finally, payoff for my little 0.15ac shellcracker pond.  Grandson caught 17 of these in an afternoon (fished with red worms).  Largest was 10.25" though there may be larger RES in there.  Looks to be 50+ 6"+ shellcracker bream, 1 channel cat, 1  18-19" large mouth bass.

Comment by John Burns on April 2, 2018 at 7:44pm

That is wild. I also built a dedicated one acre redear pond last year and just stocked it last year. I put small mouth bass in last December to control the recruitment of the redear. Hopefully find out how they are doing later this year. This is in addition to my 1/20th acre forage pond which also has been dedicated to redear.

My 1/20th acre forage pond with readear sunfish

My one acre pond dedicated to raising readear sunfish

Comment by Randy Wagoner on April 2, 2018 at 7:29pm

Hey John, I gotta catch up with what's going on in your pond.  My shellcracker pond is 2 & 1/2 yr old, dug in Aug 2015.  The aquarium RES were so tame that when I'd guide 'em into deeper water, they'd just swim back to my hand.

 

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