Do you love big bluegill?
Any redear-specific strategies that have brought success for you? I live near a state owned pond from which the Missouri Department of Conservation consistently sample (electro-fish) 9"+ redear. In several trips over the past two years I have only iced two redears among countless gills and crappie. Any thoughts?
Crayfish, Clams, snails. They like hard stuff and there usually alot deeper than bluegill.
We are fishing flooded cypress swamps with avg depth of 5 ft. We keep moving dropping the bait and waiting a minute and moving on unless we hit a bed.
Redear are much more elusive and harder to catch than a bluegill, but that doesn't mean they can't be had. I fish strictly on bottom for them, occasionally we catch one with a suspended cork. Throw out a line with just a hook and sinker(straight line), and let it sit on bottom and wait for the line to move.
Target them with lively worms or pieces of nightcrawler, I've caught most of mine on good red worms. I can gauge it almost immediately whether I'm fighting a bluegill or a redear, the redear literally pull much harder. A big bluegill can certainly pull too, but a 10 inch redear will light you up.
I target large flats for ears, DON'T waste your time on steep dropoffs. They like very gradual dropoffs(flats) and a good muddy bottom. They do tend to bed in deeper water than bluegill but I've seen them on the same beds as bluegill too. They can be finicky, biting in spurts and then they'll quit. We typically move around quite a bit because of this.
Thanx for all the info guys, I'll let you know how it goes.