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Old 10-01-2020, 09:39 AM   #1
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Default late summer fishing story Lake Oconee

So as fall is in the air, this was a hot summer on lake Oconee story. We were fishing early morning on ultralight tackle with 1/32 ounce rubber jigs catching a few tiny bluegill and landed this 1+ pound behemoth. As my daughter was reeling it in I laid on the dock to lip what I assumed was a small bass and this sure was a surprise.

Oh and, what is it? A "shellcracker?" If so, I have no idea what a shell cracker is.
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Old 10-01-2020, 11:59 AM   #2
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Default Re: late summer fishing story Lake Oconee

looks like a speckled perch to me......some call them crappie.....we just call them specks.
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Old 10-01-2020, 12:46 PM   #3
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looks like a speckled perch to me......some call them crappie.....we just call them specks.
I do catch a ton of crappie here. Those earflaps make me think not crappie. Here's a typical crappie here: The nose is also different. I don't know the freshwater use of 'speck' - never heard that outside of saltwater speckled trout.
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Old 10-07-2020, 06:26 PM   #4
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That is a Shelly and a nice one at that. Usually where this is one, there are more.
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Old 10-09-2020, 12:38 AM   #5
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I put all of that species in the bream category. That one I call a tity bream. Its so big you have to hold between your hand and tity to get the hook out.
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Old 10-09-2020, 01:59 AM   #6
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I put all of that species in the bream category. That one I call a tity bream. Its so big you have to hold between your hand and tity to get the hook out.
You are probably right. Between here (central VA) the Northern Neck of VA, VA Beach, and into NC the same fish is known by at least 5 names including Trout which I know (i think LOL) is wrong. IDK. Who is wrong? LOL.
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Old 10-09-2020, 08:32 PM   #7
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That one is probably a shellcracker. Kinda hard to tell in photos sometimes.
Doesnít matter what it is, that ones a hawg! Congrats to your daughter on a nice catch!
Some might call it a pumpkinseed, but those usually tend to have more orange/yellow tone to their head and belly.
They're all in the same sort of sunfish family. Bluegill, redear, pumpkinseed, shellcracker, Green sunfish, all similar with typically only a minor difference in coloration.
Perch have a longer body thatís not as tall.
Crappie are similar to perch but have larger fins and a larger mouth. White perch and White crappie are often confused, but not the same fish.

They call it a shellcracker because despite its comparatively small size (to many other fish) they have powerful jaws and use their mouth the crack open small mollusk shells to eat the creature inside as one of their primary forages.
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You are probably right. Between here (central VA) the Northern Neck of VA, VA Beach, and into NC the same fish is known by at least 5 names including Trout which I know (i think LOL) is wrong. IDK. Who is wrong? LOL.
Must be a hot water trout!

I can tell you the easiest way to know if itís a trout. Trout donít have scales.

There are also plenty of other species of fish that donít have scales, (salmon, catfish, to name a few) but if someone shows you a fish with scales and call it a trout, theyíre either wrong or lying.
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Must be a hot water trout!

I can tell you the easiest way to know if itís a trout. Trout donít have scales.

There are also plenty of other species of fish that donít have scales, (salmon, catfish, to name a few) but if someone shows you a fish with scales and call it a trout, theyíre either wrong or lying.
That is actually what they are called in some parts of NC. A bit outside of the areas I named above.
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