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Redbelly bream or red-breasted sunfish are a brightly colored panfish living in most freshwater ponds, lakes and rivers of the southern US. They are good to eat, but too bony to get good filets. Redbelly bream are easily caught on classic bobber rigs with live earthworms, crickets, or bread balls. Most panfish will get habituated to eat bread, french fries and other people food, especially around docks. Redbelly bream do well in aquariums and small ponds so long as they have enough space. Some fish observers have sent email asking for where to get redbelly fingerlings for pond stocking, so if anyone has a good source please share in the comment box below.

Redbellies are generally smaller than bluegill, but are more aggressive. Redbelly bream often strike at large bass lures, and are an excellent fish to target for artificial baits. Some good artificial lures for catching redbelly bream are beetle spins, plastic tube jigs, small floating minnows, and dry flies. Redbellies will congregate in shallow waters around docks and structure preferring sandy bottom areas.

 

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Rating: 5/5
Title: color
by: Pondman 2012-03-30

the redbelly bream do have great color - has anyone had experience farming them in small ponds? I want ot buy some starter fish