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Fish: Redear Sunfish

Need help catching Redears

Post By: jake3008      Posted: 7/17/2017 10:48:14 PM     Points: 110    
Can anyone give me some tips on catching redears, I've tried before with no luck and would like some helpful tips on what to use or special techniques.
 Reply by: Bizkits Dad      Posted: 7/18/2017 10:37:11 AM     Points: 168    
1) Fly rod with a nymph and strike indicator*
2) Ice fishing jig under a bobber*
3) Tiny piece of crawler on a salmon egg hook under a bobber
4) Tiny piece of slim jim (not kidding)
5) Gulp maggots

*Tipping with a tiny piece of protein seems to help.
 Reply by: jake3008      Posted: 7/18/2017 3:32:59 PM     Points: 110    
Thanks for the advice i will try that next time I'm out.
 Reply by: Bizkits Dad      Posted: 7/19/2017 1:38:45 PM     Points: 168    
Also, time of day is everything. For example, bluegills, redears other sunfish tend to come in shallow around sunset and are very active for 30 minutes to an hour. I find the muddier the water, the more active they become. These fish are easy pickings for birds and bigger fish, so think "survive first, eat second".
 Reply by: Flyrodn      Posted: 7/19/2017 2:22:11 PM     Points: 184621    
When looking for any species, know finding is half of catching. To that end keep in mind redears other name, shell crackers. Redears have a liking for snails and other such fare.
 Reply by: jake3008      Posted: 7/19/2017 5:57:17 PM     Points: 110    
Yeah I've heard that about redears but is their any special rig I should use it seems like they feed towards the bottom. Also thanks Bizkits for the tip on time of day.