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#2878123 - 07/17/12 10:38 PM They are on the bed
catman529
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Go wade a creek with a small jig, trout magnet, fly, or whatever you choose. Get the lure on the bed before they see you and get lockjaw. Never get big, but always the most colorful fish in the water. I caught this one on a fly last week.
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#2878128 - 07/17/12 10:46 PM Re: They are on the bed [Re: catman529]
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I haven't been to the Stones River tailwater below Priest this year, but in years past there have been some nice shellcrackers on the beds upstream from the Kohl's greenway.

There are some nice buffalo there too if you want to take a crack at them, but they are very skittish and tough to catch with a fly. I spent a whole lot of time on those fish, and I caught some nice ones, but eventually I moved on to places where they are more cooperative.

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#2878131 - 07/17/12 10:48 PM Re: They are on the bed [Re: B.D.]
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shellcrackers are cool, and I think they are on the bed too. I'd love to catch a huge one sometime.
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#2878169 - 07/17/12 11:44 PM Re: They are on the bed [Re: catman529]
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Beautiful fish, is that a longear sunfish?
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#2878283 - 07/18/12 07:54 AM Re: They are on the bed [Re: holstonangler]
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Definitely a longear. They are one of the most beautiful fish in Tennessee in my opinion. One day I'd like to set up a big aquarium with longears and some of the other colorful native fish.

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#2878339 - 07/18/12 08:52 AM Re: They are on the bed [Re: B.D.]
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Beautiful little fish!
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#2878398 - 07/18/12 10:05 AM Re: They are on the bed [Re: Bayou Buck]
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#2878540 - 07/18/12 12:07 PM Re: They are on the bed [Re: B.D.]
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 Originally Posted By: B.D.
Definitely a longear. They are one of the most beautiful fish in Tennessee in my opinion. One day I'd like to set up a big aquarium with longears and some of the other colorful native fish.
I've only tried with a 10 gal, but even 2 longears didn't get along with each other or any other fish. They like their space and I'm not sure how big an aquarium you would need to support multiples. Right now I have only 1 bluegill... Tried 2 in the past but the first wouldn't stop beating up the second. Same happened with longears a while back, and also, the longears just hid behind the filter all day and wouldn't come out and get excited for food like a bluegill does. They would rarely eat in front of me. A bluegill will eat in front of me within a couple days of catching it.
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#2879146 - 07/18/12 09:36 PM Re: They are on the bed [Re: catman529]
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#2882146 - 07/21/12 08:43 PM Re: They are on the bed [Re: spitndrum]
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#2882872 - 07/22/12 08:22 PM Re: They are on the bed [Re: catman529]
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#2884052 - 07/23/12 09:52 PM Re: They are on the bed [Re: catman529]
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 Originally Posted By: catman529
I've only tried with a 10 gal, but even 2 longears didn't get along with each other or any other fish. They like their space and I'm not sure how big an aquarium you would need to support multiples.


I was actually thinking about something more along the lines of a 150 gallon tank. With that size tank you have enough room to keep some decent sized fish.

Unfortunately, every time I think about the work involved in setting it up, I decide to put it off for some other day. I've only got a 30 gallon aquarium running right now, mainly for a huge african clawed frog who eats most of his tankmates. That's probably plenty to keep me occupied until my kids get older and I can delegate some of the menial tasks like cleaning and water changes to them.

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#2884155 - 07/23/12 11:54 PM Re: They are on the bed [Re: B.D.]
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I see, that would probably not be a problem at all. 10 gallons is very small but good for one bluegill or maybe two or three fish depending on what they are. I did have a crawfish in there that was growing nicely and got along with the bluegill, but it just died recently.
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#2884849 - 07/24/12 05:07 PM Re: They are on the bed [Re: ROUGH COUNTRY HUNTER]
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I caught 40 Sunday on my 3wt off a boat ramp on Priest.

Edited by drrxnupe (07/24/12 05:07 PM)

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