Where To Look For Big Redear Shellcrackers

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I get a lot of questions about these big redear shellcrackers and people want to know what to look for. The best the best thing I can say is to look for pockets within pockets. This seems to be where they want to spawn, kind of like a bluegill. Usually, there will be bluegill spawning in the same areas. Either with the redear or nearby. Like right now, I’ve caught one bluegill. I’ve only caught two redear and I’m going to release them here in a second.

I just wanted to give you an example though of how I look for these redear on this particular bank right here. I caught one redear three years ago that weighed a pound and three quarters. It was the only redear I caught all year.

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For different reasons, I missed the best days due to some things and uh and then the weather wasn’t perfect either but I’ve hit this Bank every single time I launched my boat for three years now I don’t fish all year long for these this is all springtime four to six weeks that I look I’m looking for them but I hit this Bank every single time because it’s not far from where I launched and I hit it because of that one fish and I’ve never got another bite in three years but I fish it fishing pretty quick today I decided I’d come out I was going to hit this bank.

I’ve got my 15 or 20 in the freezer that’s all I like to keep after that I’m looking for a big fish and so I decided to spend some time on this Bank um more time and see if I can find one because uh you know literally the the year that I caught that redear um it was like the first or second cast wow I’m on them you know I’m going to catch a bunch of redear fish for an hour or two never got another bite and that’s the way redear fishing is especially big red air I mean they’re just not plentiful here all the time so there’s some areas and I want to go and fish them I’ll tell you that where they catch some good redear and good numbers of them I just don’t do it here in sparkling so it’s kind of hunting Peck and if you catch one good red air you better Mark that spot because you can you always have to hit it just at the right time and that’s the reason I keep hitting this bank I know there’s a reason that one redear was here and I caught two today two nice ones finally in this pocket.

I want to release them I’ve got a couple short videos of me catching them uh I didn’t turn my phone to landscape I’m new at this video and stuff so bear with me but I’m also going to include a video if it came out of a bobcat and it was prowling down the bank looking for embedded redear bluegill probably redear because of the size and they’re worth catching um but that is a beautiful Bobcat I’ve got it on video but I’ll include it if it looks if it looks good I’ll show you these, they’re not the giants that I was hunting today but anytime you can catch a redear like this is exclusive sure but that’s a beautiful redear right there.

I love catching them and uh I came up with the hairy Cricket Jew just to Target these big I want to uh I’m releasing these today because it’s been so few and far between this area and I definitely want to keep the fish it’s spawning in here so more releasable I’m here now well becoming one of my all-time favorite fish if not um favorite fish that’s just a beautiful but the Barkley Lake right here um and I love looking for them so does Merle here.

I’m releasing these right where they were um making them bad for it you can’t see it here but if you look there’s Shale all along this bank and that’s really key most of the time when you find some redear there’s going to be definitely gravel but that’s far for the course for spawning bluegill or anything but these redears love eating the snails and there’s some banks that you can find that is just covered with these snails these shells you know from where they’ve died or whatever if you doubt that they’re eating these snails just put a few in your livewell for a while and when they spit them shells up you’ll be cleaning out your pumps and everything else. it gets pretty bad sometimes so you definitely need strainers on your livewell show you what they’re eating.

They love crawfish too, anything Crustaceans and these snails but they really like these snails because everywhere I found that have been good fishing for redear has been those snails along the bank either seeing them alive on the rocks or like I say in the gravels you see all the snail shells and gravels. That’s a kind of a tip as far as a cove within a cove.

It seems like you could go to the back of this cove, it goes way back and I don’t find any back there even if there’s a creek coming in it’s usually in a pocket within that cove so and I think it’s because of the protection it offers all kinds of protection from the wind and everything and these fish like to have a protected cove to spawn in so but I still look in the back of them coves I mean I’m always looking there’s places that look like there should be some I go back I look I fish it I see if it is and maybe it isn’t but I feel like there should be some there and I keep looking. If they’re not biting anywhere else why not.

Also, once I have my redear for the year and I’ll catch a few big ones I stop and start looking and usually I’m looking for new spots even when they’re when I’m before I’ve got my 15 or 20. I’m always looking for a new spot so I’ll spend half a day sometimes more than that um just looking for a new spot and most of the time I don’t find one but like this um this is definitely a spot um it became a spot with just one redear so now there’s three redear in three years and that’s just how it is and I’m happy with that. I’m happy to catch two today if I don’t get another bite great. That’s the tip for today’s redear tip.

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Ken McBroom is an accomplished outdoor writer and photographer. Growing up in Lynchburg Tennessee allowed him many opportunities afield as a boy and young man. Later in life, after Desert Storm, Ken’s wanderlust took him to Alaska to live and work and experience the last frontier. Married now with two beautiful children, Ken now calls Kentucky home where he continues to communicate our American outdoor traditions and the lifestyle it offers.

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