Posted by Kerry Grissett on May 13, 2003 at 22:43:06:
In Reply to: G'ville Cracker Info?? posted by Cracker Rookie on May 13, 2003 at 08:24:20:
The male shellcrackers and bluegills are bigger than the females and they move in first to make the beds and await the usually smaller females. Female bluegills are usually more pale in color and the males are more colorful. In the case of the big bulls, they will have a distinct "forehead" so to speak and be much darker than the females. With shellcrackers the same is true to some extent, but larger females are not uncommon. I have noticed that those larger females often have bright yellow bellies, but that is not a good indicator as many males will also have bright yellow bellies.
Best advice is to only keep males and release females. Most of the time the females will be so much smaller that you will only want to keep the males anyway. As for overfishing a bed... well, when you have fished all day and finally find a good bed, it is hard to stop fishing it until they quit hitting, but you should only keep what you can use and let the rest go.
Good luck and good fishin'
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