Wednesday, June 1, 2011
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!