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Old 09-05-2013, 02:47 PM
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Question What type of sunfish is this?

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I'm not sure what I have here and figured somebody here would know. It had a fairly large mouth for such a small fish but is hard to see in the pics. I caught it out of the Watab River near St. Cloud, MN. thanks for looking -Jared
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Looks like a green sunfish. I used to catch them in a small reservoir in southern Utah.

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Default Re: What type of sunfish is this?

I've caught greens before and didn't think it was a green but I had never seen such dark color on such a small bluegill or any that weren't just kind of solid black. All the small bluegill I have caught were so light but I guess I figured it wasn't a warmouth since they're probably no where near here. I also caught some bluegills down the river a bit that looked like average bluegills.
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Don't let them all fool you. It's a baby tarpon.
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I've caught greens before and didn't think it was a green but I had never seen such dark color on such a small bluegill or any that weren't just kind of solid black. All the small bluegill I have caught were so light but I guess I figured it wasn't a warmouth since they're probably no where near here. I also caught some bluegills down the river a bit that looked like average bluegills.

I have caught some with colors like this. Some even smaller on #20 #22 ant pattern fly on the shore. They are fun on a #2 or #3 rod

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Don't let them all fool you. It's a baby tarpon.

HAHAHA they sure are tricky! HAHAHA
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Small Green Sunfish. Easy to mistake for a Warmouth when they are small but the dorsal , eyes and location say otherwise! One of my favorite"Sunnys"!
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Default Re: What type of sunfish is this?

i was gonna say immature warmouth, but the eyes are not correct.
i'd say green sunfish as well. very fun on a 2 wt.

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I like the patterns and colors on these guys. But pumpkin seeds are my favorite. Just like the one in my profile picture.

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Nope, most definitely NOT a green sunfish. Colors are wrong, shape is wrong, mouth is too small. However, it could be a hybrid between a green sunfish and a redear or even a bluegill. Greens hybridize readily with both species. And oddly enough, I've got a sunfish in my aquarium that looks almost exactly like that one, which I believe to be a green/redear hybrid.
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