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#508362 - 07/01/19 04:21 PM How many times a day do you feed your BG
gregory Offline

Registered: 07/28/18
Posts: 45
Loc: IN
I was just wandering how many times a day others feed their BG. I feed at 9am -9:15 - 1pm - 6:30 -6:45pm every day at 3 second intervals. They always seem to eat all that floats within a few minutes. I was thinking about feeding more often. I know due to stomach size each fish can only eat so much at a time. I'm just not sure how often they would eat a day.
Greg R

#508369 - 07/01/19 05:29 PM Re: How many times a day do you feed your BG [Re: gregory]
Vortex 4 Offline

Registered: 11/28/16
Posts: 207
Loc: Texas
I hand feed twice a day. After coffee in the morning and mid afternoon. Aquamax MVP.

I'm sure they would eat one or two more times, at least when it is hot. My goal is to supplement their natural forage not push them to their limits.
4 acre pond 32 ft deep within East Texas (Livingston) timber ranch. Filled (to the top of an almost finished dam) by Hurricane Harvey 9/17. Stocked with FHM, CNBG, RES 10/17. Added 35lbs RSC 3/18. 400 N LMB fingerlings 6/18

#508381 - 07/02/19 07:17 AM Re: How many times a day do you feed your BG [Re: gregory]
Dave Davidson1 Offline

Registered: 01/04/06
Posts: 14178
Loc: Hurst & Bowie, Texas
Same here
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#508382 - 07/02/19 07:39 AM Re: How many times a day do you feed your BG [Re: gregory]
TGW1 Offline

Registered: 09/19/14
Posts: 3001
Loc: Harrison Co. Texas
My CNBG are pellet hogs. They love eating MVP or Cargills or Optimal. Makes no difference to them. Over the past 4 and a half yrs I have feed different amounts and at different times of the day. It finally came down to how much money did I want to spend on the fish food per month. Today I feed three times per day using my 3 TH feeders and I feed for 2 sec throws. 10am, 4pm and 5pm which turns out to be around 5 1/2 sks per month +- or around 3 lbs +- per day per feeder. All this takes place in a pond that is a little over 3 acres and where my goal is to have healthy cnbg that will reproduce a lot of bg to feed my lmb. I also has some nice sized cnbg for catching and eating a few over the year. The cnbg would eat a lot more feed if it was provided. Like I said they are pellet hogs lol
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#508388 - 07/02/19 10:01 AM Re: How many times a day do you feed your BG [Re: gregory]
Quarter Acre Offline

Registered: 06/10/16
Posts: 1637
Loc: West Central Missouri
For whatever reasons, I am on the opposite end from most folks...My feeder throws once a day, about 1/3 cup of Optimal Blue Gill and it takes my HBG from 15 to 30 minutes to clean it up. Occasionally, plenty of feed floats off and the minnows push it around until it sinks.

I guess the natural forage is so abundant that the pellets are just icing on the cake. My original stockers are bulging at the seams. I have recently put the feeder back in the shop and will only hand feed to lessen the amount of waste going into the pond. This means an occasional missed pellet meal on rainy days or when I can't get to the pond for whatever reason.

My original goal was to supplement feed, but now I worry about having left over pellets at the end of the season.

I don't see why you couldn't feed them as much as they would eat, up to your feed budget. Something tells me you should look into creating more natural forage.
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#508406 - 07/02/19 05:42 PM Re: How many times a day do you feed your BG [Re: gregory]
Mike Whatley Offline

Registered: 04/22/18
Posts: 1217
Loc: Louisiana
My feeding is basically the same as QAs. I feed once a day. Never weighed it out, but it's about 3/4 of a solo cup by hand, every afternoon at the same time (or as close as I can).

I dont want my little pigs getting gorged on pellets so they'll be more likely to be the predators they are...yes...Panfish are predators too. It's one way I try to help keep everything in balance and there's never anything left after about 5 minutes. I make sure any fish being held in my holding cage get enough to eat, but there are a lot of GAMs and fry that find their way into the cage, so the sequestered get to feed on them as well. An interesting observation...I had a couple BG fry decide they liked it in the cage, now they're too big to get out, so now I can see how long it takes them to get up to 5 or 6 inches.
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#508468 - 07/03/19 01:54 PM Re: How many times a day do you feed your BG [Re: gregory]
gregory Offline

Registered: 07/28/18
Posts: 45
Loc: IN
Thank yea fellas. My pond is nearly 30 years old and had gotten out of balance. Im in the process of trying to reduce the total amount of adult fish while trying to better balance the predator prey ratio and put some weight on each. After a couple years or so im finely seeing some positive results. Which is pretty cool.
Greg R

#511160 - 09/04/19 11:29 PM Re: How many times a day do you feed your BG [Re: gregory]
Zack Mckenzie Offline

Registered: 09/04/19
Posts: 7
Loc: Al
My pond was stocked last August with 2in fingering northern bass. I feed my CNBg 5 times a day from 4 feeders on a 2 acre pond. Today I have some bass over 2 lbs . I over stocked the bream and with my extra feeding those babies are reproducing !

#511162 - 09/05/19 12:00 AM Re: How many times a day do you feed your BG [Re: gregory]
Snipe Offline

Registered: 10/26/18
Posts: 821
Loc: NW Kansas
That's some good growth for Northern strain! Congrats!
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#511828 - 09/22/19 02:23 PM Re: How many times a day do you feed your BG [Re: gregory]
Zack Mckenzie Offline

Registered: 09/04/19
Posts: 7
Loc: Al
How do I get pics to post

#511839 - 09/22/19 09:18 PM Re: How many times a day do you feed your BG [Re: gregory]
Bill Cody Offline
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Registered: 04/18/02
Posts: 13110
Loc: Northwest Ohio - Malinta OH
Zack - Here are recent instructions by RStringer.
Here's the best way I have been told about. Screen shot ur picture. Under the post click (switch to full reply screen) the click chose file ( got find it in ur phone under images the add file the done adding files. Then just submit. Took me a couple mistakes but just play with it if I can do it believe me you can.
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#511841 - 09/22/19 09:59 PM Re: How many times a day do you feed your BG [Re: gregory]
snrub Offline

Registered: 10/05/13
Posts: 5587
Loc: SE Kansas
I feed at 8 and 9 am and again at 6 and 7 pm at 14 second throws on a TH feeder placed about 70' out over the 3 acre pond on a dock. When it was cooler I fed 6 times a day instead of 4. Six times at 14 seconds was about a 50# bag of feed a week. A bag lasts more than a week now.

So about 2-3 pounds per acre per day.

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#512276 - 10/02/19 02:44 PM Re: How many times a day do you feed your BG [Re: gregory]
jpws Offline

Registered: 11/28/17
Posts: 41
Loc: AR
I feed once a day - about 7am, and feed about 1.5 solo cups of Optimal Jr in my .2 acre pond. i throw it in small handfulls usually becasue i enjoy watching them attack it...then i usually make a raimbow swipe with the remaining amount in the cups. Literally in 1 minutes there is not a piece floating.

Am i answering my own question, by assuming that i'm not feeding enough?

I have 300 HBG, about 200 BG, 100 res, 50+/- mutt BG, one 10" largemouth, one 7" largemouth, 4-6 6-10" smallmouth, and 16 6" HSB.

feeding video from this morning 10/3- https://vimeo.com/364043535

Edited by jpws (10/03/19 09:09 AM)
.20 acre pond-that leaks/4-5' deep. Stocked 6/22/19 with 300 BG(supposed to be HBG, removed 100+/- so far), 100 RES, 3carp. On 8/20 added 300 HBG, + 21 5"HSB. 8/21 added 5 8" SMB, one 10" LMB . video 8/12 https://vimeo.com/353629233


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