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crappie cowboy
01-01-2017, 08:30 PM
After all the years of crappie fishing, my fishing buddy and I are going after Bluegill, Bream, Shell Crackers this year. I think it will be good to get away from the crappie this spring. It seems to be getting like a rat race more each year. So this year my Sam Heaton 10ft. pole and a bucket of crickets will be all I will need. Besides I think a bream taste a little better that a crappie anyway...:fish

Spaceman
01-01-2017, 09:13 PM
Good luck and have fun. A springtime shellcracker bed can be quite fun! And, right...they are tasty.

eagle 1
01-02-2017, 02:36 AM
I made the same move last yr. We enjoy the red ear a lot . I still single pole for crappie most weekends in march/april . Will also travel to spider rig with friends once in a while . Living a ways from the big lakes makes traveling to tippah, presley, lamar bruce and trace if they ever get it fixed attractive .

skeetbum
01-02-2017, 04:20 AM
Have fun with it. Been thinking on a trip to the St Johns to fool with the warmouth and gills myself.

crappie cowboy
01-02-2017, 01:16 PM
Yea I'll never give up crappie fishing, but all these years I haven't even planed a bluegill trip at all, so I'm dedicating this spring to bluegill and crackers. I got one lake already set up to spend a week at in April, and will pick one more in May in the next couple days.
I love crappie fishing, but those bluegill have a place in my heart too...Jumping Jacks Icon

Greenwing
01-02-2017, 10:14 PM
My dad absolutely loves catching big bluegill, I always take a couple of weeks in May to go after them.

shipahoy41
01-03-2017, 06:43 AM
I also love catching Bluegill and shellcracker. That is why I started raising my own red wigglers.

Spoonminnow
01-03-2017, 10:01 AM
Is there much difference between pan fish species when it comes to catching them? Every time I fish, I catch gills, crappie and y. perch as well as the occasional bass and pickerel. Tackle is the same along with presentation.

crappie cowboy
01-03-2017, 05:41 PM
I also love catching Bluegill and shellcracker. That is why I started raising my own red wigglers.


Hey Skip do you raise your worms during winter, and if so where do you keep them?

crappie cowboy
01-03-2017, 05:52 PM
Is there much difference between pan fish species when it comes to catching them? Every time I fish, I catch gills, crappie and y. perch as well as the occasional bass and pickerel. Tackle is the same along with presentation.

Well I think there is a difference with crappie. Bream will bite just about most anything, but their mouth is so small you need to scale down the size of bait, or jig so they can get it in their mouth. You would more than likely catch more gills if you were using smaller size set up.
The hook size needs to be smaller along with the size of line to be able to catch gills on a consistent basic....IMO

KnightShadow10
01-03-2017, 06:01 PM
Don't forget a 5 ft. Ultralite, with 2# line..a plain 1/32 jig, not painted, a cricket, meal worm, or plastic bait , can be loads of fun

trypman1
01-03-2017, 07:35 PM
I love catching gills and crackers. If you fish all day or close to it- there is plenty of time for both.

oobuck
01-03-2017, 08:44 PM
After all the years of crappie fishing, my fishing buddy and I are going after Bluegill, Bream, Shell Crackers this year. I think it will be good to get away from the crappie this spring. It seems to be getting like a rat race more each year. So this year my Sam Heaton 10ft. pole and a bucket of crickets will be all I will need. Besides I think a bream taste a little better that a crappie anyway...:fish
What is a shell cracker?do you have a picture of one?or a bream maybe it is called something else in these parts

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SeaRay
01-03-2017, 08:55 PM
What is a shell cracker?do you have a picture of one?or a bream maybe it is called something else in these parts

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Here is a picture of the Shellcracker, AKA Long Ear sunfish, or Redear Sunfish. Also a table full of them to get you fired up to go. These came off the bottom in 6 FOW using red worms.

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oobuck
01-03-2017, 08:56 PM
Here is a picture of the Shellcracker, AKA Long Ear sunfish, or Redear Sunfish. Also a table full of them to get you fired up to go. These came off the bottom in 6 FOW using red worms.

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How big do they get

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oobuck
01-03-2017, 09:00 PM
Here is a picture of the Shellcracker, AKA Long Ear sunfish, or Redear Sunfish. Also a table full of them to get you fired up to go. These came off the bottom in 6 FOW using red worms.

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And what is the best way to cook them

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crappie cowboy
01-03-2017, 09:59 PM
man if that don't get ya fired up, something is wrong with ya....wow




How big do they get

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blue-jig
01-03-2017, 10:02 PM
Man that's some good ones. Got a lot of memories of catching shell crackers as a kid till the crickets ran out!

CrappiePappy
01-04-2017, 08:48 AM
Actually ... a "Shellcracker" is the nickname for a Redear Sunfish. A Longear Sunfish is a different species of panfish/sunfish and looks like this :

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/f/f5/Lepomis_megalotis2.jpg/250px-Lepomis_megalotis2.jpg

(notice the elongated ear flap - hence the name)


While the Redear (Shellcracker) looks like this :

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/3/36/Redearsunfishnctc.jpg/250px-Redearsunfishnctc.jpg

Coloration can vary on either specie, but the distinction is evident. This is posted as clarification only.

Greenwing
01-04-2017, 11:14 AM
How big do they get

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Biggest I've ever caught was 1lb 14oz. The lake I fish 9-11 inches is very common.

"G"
01-04-2017, 11:30 AM
I have caught a few 13 inchers

hdhntr
01-04-2017, 11:53 AM
LOVE LOVE LOVE bluegill fishing and one really doesn't have to chose one of the other as same jigs for crappie catch them. have lots of pits up by T hill that are full of both and while floating in my two man catch enough to fill it up. started with BG and will always be my first love but chose? that would be like asking me which of my kids I liked most.

hdhntr
01-04-2017, 11:54 AM
Use a lil mister twister spinning rig and catch Bass, BG, Crappie, Wipers and Catfish with it.

eagle 1
01-04-2017, 12:13 PM
What is a shell cracker?do you have a picture of one?or a bream maybe it is called something else in these parts

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eagle 1
01-04-2017, 12:26 PM
Yea I'll never give up crappie fishing, but all these years I haven't even planed a bluegill trip at all, so I'm dedicating this spring to bluegill and crackers. I got one lake already set up to spend a week at in April, and will pick one more in May in the next couple days.
I love crappie fishing, but those bluegill have a place in my heart too...Jumping Jacks Icon

We used to fish Chotard, Whittington , Ferguson, Flower and Tunica cutoff. these were the regular destinations when travel was easy . Pre arthritis days . :biggrin

blue-jig
01-04-2017, 02:37 PM
Been many many caught on a black or yellow beetle spin too.

catchNgrease
01-05-2017, 10:10 AM
There are times when I am headed home from the lake and I think I got this game figured out. Then I see pictures like this and I realize I need more training. Man that is a stout table to hold those fish.

crappie cowboy
01-05-2017, 04:07 PM
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You just can't hide money....I knew all along you are rich....:fish

oobuck
01-05-2017, 05:30 PM
Here is a picture of the Shellcracker, AKA Long Ear sunfish, or Redear Sunfish. Also a table full of them to get you fired up to go. These came off the bottom in 6 FOW using red worms.

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So what state are you catching them in
I am from Ohio and not sure what would be considered good sized ones here or does location north south or east or west matter for this kind of Fish

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SeaRay
01-05-2017, 06:23 PM
These came out of the Santee Cooper reservoir in SC. Shellcrackers run larger than Bluegill, so 1/2 lb to 2 lbs is normal range, but anything close to a Lb is a good fish. These typically run larger in the south due to longer growing season, though a couple of members on here have caught some monsters in Lake Havasu in Arizona. They were in the 3 to 5 lb range which is huge!

TomTom1
01-05-2017, 06:32 PM
Have fun and good luck, some good eating.

oobuck
01-05-2017, 06:33 PM
Anyone ever pull them threw the ice

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eagle 1
01-08-2017, 10:08 PM
Be very careful, bream fishing is addictive . Like I said , made the move last year to catch more bream to eat .2560592560602560612560622560632560642560652560662 56067256068256069256070256071256072256073

Spoonminnow
01-09-2017, 12:37 AM
Well I think there is a difference with crappie. Bream will bite just about most anything, but their mouth is so small you need to scale down the size of bait, or jig so they can get it in their mouth. You would more than likely catch more gills if you were using smaller size set up.
The hook size needs to be smaller along with the size of line to be able to catch gills on a consistent basic....IMO

I can get away with using a 1/16 oz jig head with a #4 or #6 hook and any of my soft plastic bait designs in sizes 1.5 - 2 .25" to catch any panfish species. As I pointed out, seven species of fish will take my lures any time I fish as long as I can find fish. Presentation is the same for all.

Fish are fish and respond to the same lure styles no matter the species - and not because of what they think a lure is.

Spoonminnow
01-09-2017, 12:51 AM
Well I think there is a difference with crappie. Bream will bite just about most anything, but their mouth is so small you need to scale down the size of bait, or jig so they can get it in their mouth. You would more than likely catch more gills if you were using smaller size set up.
The hook size needs to be smaller along with the size of line to be able to catch gills on a consistent basic....IMO

One hook size on one jig head of a certain weight using any of my soft plastic designs can catch five or more species of fish once I find them. Fish will be fish and will respond to smaller lures presented the right way.