The bigger ones do the same. Hence the pie plate w/ attitude comparison. I catch a lot this size on a 3 or 4 weight.I wonder what that fights like. The little guys turn sideways and have that speedy darting motion. I’ve caught drum on the fly pole but they don’t have the speed.
3 weight could handle it...Possible record: 6.3 lb redear (shellcracker) sunfish. Can't fathom a sunfish this size!
Details here: 6.3-Pound Sunfish! Possible World-Record Redear Caught (Agai (gameandfishmag.com)