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    Orange Spotted Sunfish. If Iowa kept records for this species it may have been close to it. I don't know for sure but I think this one went about 6 inches. Iowa DNR says most reach about 4 inches.
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    This is the first time I've seen one, but that's a beauty of a fish.
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    Gorgeous fish, congrats!

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    yes.. I caught a few of those while on vacation in TN a few summers back.. kind of on the small side but put up a good fight and fun to catch.. :-)

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    I grew up calling them pumpkin seeds or red ears. Sunnies were the general term, covering bluegills and red ears, rock bass and crappie. Makes me want to hit the pond!!! I love a 3wt in June with a #12 green weenie hitting the spawn beds, fun fun stuff!!! Good eatin' too!
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    Default Re: Anyone every catch one of these?

    used to catch many of those in a small lake in ohio near me. used white sponge spiders

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    Thanks for the replies everyone, I'm going to try and target them next season. This was more of a by-catch while fishing for gills and crappies. Guess a few were in the mix too

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    pumkinseed
    I've been on a mission to catch the CT state record (19 oz) for some years now
    This past spring was the closest I've come when I got a monster of about 9' and not quite a pound
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    Just looked on Wikipedia because I was curious. The pumpkinseed is species Lepomis gibbosus and the orange spotted sunfish is Lepomis humilis. They do look similar but technically are different species. Definitely not trying to be snobbish Good luck in your quest!!

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    I have caught a few on Greers Ferry Lake, Arkansas.

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