Redear sunfish are commonly called shellcracker in the south. They are bigger than other sunfish, averaging 7 to 10 inches in length with many fish in the 1 to 2 pound range in the south. They have a distinct red coloring around its ear flap. Redears feed on snails, insects, and small bait fish. They have a special set teeth in their throat that allows them to grind up snail shells. Redear can be harder to find because they prefer deeper water than other sunfish.
Everything we cover in our sunfish section as far as catching sunfish will work with redear sunfish. Because these fish grow bigger, they can handle baits a little bigger than you are used to when fishing for sunfish. You don’t want to go too big though because their mouths aren’t that big. Redear sunfish do taste excellent.