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Old 03-20-2013, 05:58 PM
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Default Re: OK, southerners... Flyfishing for shellcrackers

here's a few threads that will probably help you out
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Old 03-20-2013, 07:07 PM
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Default Re: OK, southerners... Flyfishing for shellcrackers

Personally, I think anything with a curved point will catch bluegill. I've caught a few on bare hooks. Sometimes my flies get destroyed and are nothing more than brown chenille on a hook, and even they do well for bream.

Maybe it's just the bream around me, but they will hit anything on the surface and chase anything below it. I caught one on a 3/0 frog pattern once. I don't know what the fish thought he was going to do with it.
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Default Re: OK, southerners... Flyfishing for shellcrackers

Bluegills do cool things ! I've seen them chase bait like a school of Bass would! And hit large flys that are as big as they are! But when they get finicky you can be using an orange bug and your partner a red and he'll have 20 and you'll have 5!
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Default Re: OK, southerners... Flyfishing for shellcrackers

The big ones can get finicky. I think they use their sense of smell a good bit and stick to structure and get ambushy (if that's a word). I try not to use head cement on my bream flies for that reason. That's partly why I use Briminators so much--it's an easy, cheap tie that needs no head cement.
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Default Re: OK, southerners... Flyfishing for shellcrackers

[QUOTE=nick k;539021]Personally, I think anything with a curved point will catch bluegill... Maybe it's just the bream around me, but they will hit anything on the surface and chase anything below it. QUOTE]

The reason I asked is that I understand redears are more likely to feed on the bottom for mollusks, crayfish, etc. Case in point: they can eat zebra mussels because of the "teeth" in their throats; they are literally shellcrackers, hence the name. Another thing I read was that they don't compete wth bluegills in the same body of water.
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Default Re: OK, southerners... Flyfishing for shellcrackers

I bet this redear would compete with anything in its way:

Potential all-tackle world record redear sunfish caught - latimes.com
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