Thursday, June 13, 2013


The weather is warming up, and the panfish are moving up onto beds in shallow water to spawn.  

This is a short video showing some redear action on a local pond this week.

Redear sunfish are bottom feeders, but move to shallow gravelbeds to spawn.  They are typically larger, stronger, and meaner than the average bluegill, making them a lot of fun on light tackle.  The cicada pattern, too, has boosted this fishery.  While filming I could see more than twenty bugs struggling on the surface, so there's no confusion as to why a popper placed in front of a fish brings home the beef every time!  I even managed a rise from a respectable snapping turtle on a dry fly...

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