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Re: Feeding baby RES
Augie #527776 11/19/20 01:24 PM
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Cool, because I was impressed with that fish. Very remarkable specimen indeed. Is this one you feed trained this year?

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Re: Feeding baby RES
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I'd like to think that fish was from the first batch of RES that I stocked as fingerlings late June of '19, so pellet trained July/Aug of '19, then released back into the pond.

Spring of '20 I started trapping and caging RES in late spring. Those would have been 2019 recruits. Every RES I trapped went into the cage.
Every 4 weeks or so I pulled the cage, caught out the fish that had obviously taken well to pellets and released them back into the pond.
The smaller fish stayed in the cage for more training.

I did that from mid-May until mid-September. When I pulled the cage for the last time I sent the runts to the bait pond and the pellet eaters went back into the cow pond.

I suppose that it's possible this fish could have come from the first batch that was pellet trained this year, but I'm thinking probably not.
Either way, it is a nice fish, and it's not the biggest one I've seen. It is the biggest one that I've caught.

I'm looking forward to what next year brings. I have a feeling I'll be seeing RES that are 12"+ by the end of the summer.

Re: Feeding baby RES
Augie #527781 11/19/20 02:56 PM
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Augie - you have this RES pellet training thing figured out. Be real proud of that porker sized RES. I would like to see you write an article for PBoss magazine about your adventures of training and growing your style of pellet trained and raised RES; Lusk will help you get that done. Just contact him. It will be a good winter project for you two. I am going to forward this thread to him.


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Re: Feeding baby RES
Augie #527790 11/19/20 07:47 PM
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12" is certainly possible next year. They'll exceed 2lbs probably.

What did you catch that RES on?

How do you normally fish for them and how IYO do they bite relative to BG?

I see a lot of advantages to them. Up to now almost all I have caught have been on bait very close to bottom in cold weather. The coldest day of winter about 3 years ago didn't keep them from biting. Trying to get through the BG to them is a challenge in warm weather. I did happen to catch one a popper on an overcast day and it was a dandy. As long as the one in your photo ... though I am sure much older and definitely thinner but still robust. Was a very pleasant surprise when I finally was able to see what it was. I just sat there admiring it before letting it swim away. Do you ever fly fish for them?

Sorry about all the questions but I am giving some serious thought to RES and no BG when I finally dive into pond ownership.

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Definitely interested in writing a story about this. Augie, pm me if interested.

Cody Note - Look for a Pond Boss magazine very good article about Augie's RES adventures in an upcoming PB issue.

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Re: Feeding baby RES
jpsdad #527811 11/20/20 10:57 AM
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Originally Posted by jpsdad
What did you catch that RES on?

How do you normally fish for them and how IYO do they bite relative to BG?

I caught this one on a small dart head jig with a black soft plastic stick thing about 3/4" long. I've caught quite a few on a bead-head trout fly.
Earthworms/nightcrawlers work pretty good too.

I just drop the jig into the water off the edge of the dock, let it hit bottom, pick it up and wiggle it around real slow.
They usually smack it with a purpose. They will swallow a live worm really fast so I don't use those much in my pond.
In other waters, if I'm catching to keep, a worm under a slip float is hard to beat.
BG seem to be a bit more aggressive than RES. If they're schooled up together you'll usually have to catch a bunch of BG to catch a few RES.
That could be simply because BG tend to vastly outnumber RES in waters where they coexist.

I haven't tried the fly rod on them yet, but I do intend to give that a shot in the future.

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