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Redear Sunfish / Shellcracker

AKA: Yellow Bream Family: Bream / Perch

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Redear Sunfish / Shellcracker

Redear Sunfish / Shellcracker Specifications

Water: Fresh Where: Inland
Size: Most common at 10-12 ounces with many caught at a pound or so. Lunkers caught tend to be in between 1-2 pounds with the possibility of reaching about 4 pounds.
Fight: The toughest of the panfish, more muscular and stronger than his cousins. He is a spirited fighter with a good pull and runs.
Deliciousness: Excellent
Range: Fresh Water Technique: Drifting / Still Fishing / Casting
Baits: Earthworms / Crickets / Lures / Flies Tackle: Spinning / Fly Tackle

The Redear Sunfish is characterized by a green body with a yellower underside. A red spot behind the gill flap and a typical panfish body, if not slighty wider than most with darker spots or splotches running his flanks.

These fish are found along patchy grass and soft bottmos where his favorite food is lurking, mostly found in calm to slow waters.

Earthworms, crickets grass shrimp and especially snails and mullosks are the best natural bait, while spinners and poppers make for the best artificial bait.

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