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    Default A first (why you shouldn't "flush" your aquarium fish)

    Got out around 1ish. Hot, overcast. Water was high and dirty from all the rain we've been getting.



    Got a whole mess of bluegill. And a few Mayan Cichlids. Had to ID them on the FWC website, as I've never seen one before. Fought well for a little guy.


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    Very pretty fish! Having worked in the import export tropical fish for five years in Miami, I can assure you that the release of non-native exotic fish is not only the result of pet owners wanting to get rid of unwanted fish in their aquariums. Many of the "fish farms" have large outside tanks that empty into draining ditches that ultimately connect to smaller canals which connect to the larger canals. When it's time to clean a tank out, there may be one or two small fish still in the tanks. They usually simply remove the stand pipe to empty the tank so they can scrub it out and prepare it for the next batch of fish. That coupled with the occasional flooding that happens in south Florida has resulted in many, many exotic species being released into the environment, usually at the detriment to the local species. That said, I'd love to fish those canals now for peacock bass which were not there when I lived in Miami.

    Jim Smith

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    That is a pretty fish, thanks for posting the pictures. Sounds like you may be able to catch many different tropical fish in Florida's water ways.

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    How do they taste?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gigmaster View Post
    How do they taste?
    According the internet, they are very good. I've never tried it.

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    A panfish is a panfish, should all taste the same...
    sandfly/bob
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