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    I flyfished in the rain yesterday evening. Caught 3 Bluegills and this 13" Crappie:


    This past weekend, we finally had some sunshine one day, and I caught a variety of fish, including a few more of these colorful Pumkinseeds:


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    David Merical
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    Loooking real good!
    Mike

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    Dave,

    Nice spec and sunnies; thanks for the pics.

    Regards,
    Scott

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    Wow, those fish are pretty! Nice work.

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    nice catch, what size fly were you using?? Nice 13"r too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimp View Post
    nice catch, what size fly were you using?? Nice 13"r too.
    Good question. I believe the hook size is either a 10 or 12. Total length @ 1".
    David Merical
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    That is a redear... they're much for fun than a pumpkin seed...

    Redear sunfish

    From Wikipedia:

    Kingdom: Animalia
    Phylum: Chordata
    Class: Actinopterygii
    Order: Perciformes
    Family: Centrarchidae
    Genus: Lepomis
    Species: L. microlophus
    Lepomis microlophus
    (G?nther, 1859)


    The redear sunfish (Lepomis microlophus), also known as the shellcracker, Georgia bream, cherry gill, chinquapin, improved bream, rouge ear sunfish and sun perch, is native to the southeastern United States, but since it is a popular sport fish it has been introduced to bodies of water all over North America. It generally resembles the bluegill except for coloration and somewhat larger size. It is dark-colored dorsally and yellow-green ventrally. The male has a cherry-red edge on its operculum; females have orange coloration in this area. The adult fish is between 20 and 24 centimetres (7.9 and 9.4 in) in length. Max length is 43.2 centimetres (17.0 in), compared to a maximum of about 40 centimetres (16 in) for the bluegill.

    Large shellcracker being prepared for consumption



    Illustration of the redear sunfish, Lepomis microlophus


    The favorite food of this species is snails. These fish are bottomfeeders, meandering along lakebeds seeking and cracking open snails and other shelled creatures. The fish has thick pharyngeal teeth, hard, movable plates in its throat, which allow it to crunch exoskeletons. It is even capable of opening small clams. The specialization of this species for the deep-water, mollusk-feeding niche allows it to be introduced to lakes without the risk of competition with fish that prefer shallower water or surface-feeding.
    In recent years, the stocking of redear has found new allies due to the fish's ability to eat quagga mussels, a prominent invasive species in many freshwater drainages.[1]

    Male guarding eggs


    During spawning, males congregate and create nests close together in colonies, and females visit to lay eggs. The redear sometimes hybridizes with other sunfish species. The redear sunfish is also located in many marsh wetlands of freshwater.
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    I've caught both. Here in Iowa we are at the northerly edge of the range for Redears, and we are at the southerly edge of the range for Pumpkinseeds. The Redears I've caught are INCREDIBLE fighters!!! Plus they get bigger than Pumpkinseeds. Love those things!

    Both have red on the edge of the gill opercle. Redears don't have the iridescence on the sides like the Pumpkinseeds...the Pumpkinseeds are much more colorful.
    This is a Redear I've caught:
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    David Merical
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    I stand corrected...

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