Wednesday, June 1, 2011

The Beautiful Green Sunfish


During a recent fishing outing, I had a surprise catch.....well, several of them.  The green sunfish.  Next to a peacock bass or a brook trout, it's one of the most beautiful inshore fish around.  These little fatties are mean and tough.  They tolerate polluted water and eat anything with legs or fins. Frogs and salamanders are popular targets.

Their aggressiveness may eventually be their demise, since the females frequently lay eggs in the male-guarded nests of other species of panfish.  Hybrids almost always result.

Nonetheless, these chunky, native fish are a pleasure to catch and probably to eat.  Wish they were about five pounds heavier!

5 comments:

e.m.b. said...

I was fishing with my dad over the weekend, and he caught one of these guys too. They are incredibly beautiful, and look like they should have been brought out of a pristine oceanic reef....not muddy ponds! Fun to catch! Great photos!

Mel said...

Yup, haven't caught very many, but, the ones I have are definitely distinct in coloration. Nice pictures!

DJinNC said...
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DJinNC said...

They hit hard and have mouths large enough to take in bass bugs. So, it can be fustrating at times to feel a nice tug, see a bass bug disappear and pull in a fish that barely covers your palm...... LOL. Still a beautiful fish and fun on a 4 weight.

Justin said...

I love catching those little guys. I went all my life without catching one until about 2 years ago. I caught 2 that one year but recently I found the motherload. I've caught about a dozen in the past 3 months. They are so pretty i decided to put 3 of them in my aquarium.