Bream beds, how I love thee..

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Got on some more studs today. JDM UL rig, red wiggler on a 1/32 jig head, 10-11 FOW, 77F. Found them with side imaging. Action was so good I couldn't keep a cigar lit. All fish released today. Pic 7 is my new PB redear, a male, 1.41 lbs, and he fought like a devil. Caught around 20, including some green trash fish.
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Supper tonight: shellcracker filets from the other day, w/ zucchini sticks.
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95g atl

Senior Member
great pics. Thanks for sharing.

We typically do this at Lanier every summer. 20+ fish easily. My 9 year old loves it!
Left the boat at the FL house last weekend, sooooooooooo
won't be hitting up lanier anytime soon :(
 
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What are those wounds on the side of them?
Heron? Osprey? Bald eagle? Kingfisher? Snapping turtle? Lens flare? How would I know? All the usual suspects are here, and it isn't uncommon to see a scar on a fish now and then. Only one fish had something going on, all the others were perfectly healthy.
I knew there was a reason I had you on ignore.
 
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In the last picture, the fish got away from my rheumatic hands, and fell into the bottom of the kayak, whereupon it got spilled red wiggler dirt from Hammonds all over it. I rushed it to the laundromat, and after a spin cycle or two, the now spotless teat-cracker was pronounced healthy by no less than three biologists, and a Zoroastrian named Vilmer, and was put back in the lake EXACTLY where I caught it.
:LOL:
 
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Cracker fans:

I love them. All hail the king of the bream, the redear sunfish, our shellcracker. Big lips, down-looking eyes, hard plates in the throat to crunch mollusks (crack shells). 3 lb common in lake Havasu, AZ, what! Can you imagine? Road trip...They fight HARD. If I could get on the big ones all year, I wouldn't fish for anything else.

My secret? Ha! As if I had any. Use your side imaging. Put in time looking.

Lake? Here's a poem:
Where I fish is very clear
not Lanier
public, yes
Take a guess.
Guess right
catch a mess.
best to stick
with 4 lb test
 
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In the last picture, the fish got away from my rheumatic hands, and fell into the bottom of the kayak, whereupon it got spilled red wiggler dirt from Hammonds all over it. I rushed it to the laundromat, and after a spin cycle or two, the now spotless teat-cracker was pronounced healthy by no less than three biologists, and a Zoroastrian named Vilmer, and was put back in the lake EXACTLY where I caught it.
:LOL:
And I thought I was the only one using hi viz yellow line. It's the best!

What's the trick to baiting a red wiggler on a bream hook? They give me fits.
 
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And I thought I was the only one using hi viz yellow line. It's the best!
What's the trick to baiting a red wiggler on a bream hook? They give me fits.
Trick? I just hook 'em once, thru the egg sack. Sometimes cussin' helps.

I tried some 2 lb test flouro once, but I couldn't hardly see it to tie a knot.
 
Cracker fans:

I love them. All hail the king of the bream, the redear sunfish, our shellcracker. Big lips, down-looking eyes, hard plates in the throat to crunch mollusks (crack shells). 3 lb common in lake Havasu, AZ, what! Can you imagine? Road trip...They fight HARD. If I could get on the big ones all year, I wouldn't fish for anything else.

My secret? Ha! As if I had any. Use your side imaging. Put in time looking.

Lake? Here's a poem:
Where I fish is very clear
not Lanier
public, yes
Take a guess.
Guess right
catch a mess.
best to stick
with 4 lb test
I'll take a guess... Is it in Hall Country?
 

Horns

Senior Member
Bream are awesome to catch. I will never forget my favorite fishing trip of my life. Took my elderly Papa that was in frail health to a farm that I worked on. I started fishing with him and then just baited his hook for him. He caught a 5 gallon bucket 3/4 full of big bream. All varieties Georgia Giant, bluegill, and shellcracker. He has left this world now but I think about that trip and the fun he had that day, all I can do is smile. Great time with a great man
 
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