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#490208 - 05/17/18 02:36 PM State record Green Sunfish one day maybe...
peachgrower Offline


Registered: 07/02/16
Posts: 420
Loc: Nashville, AR
Wanted to share this little guy, I have fed optimal and AM500 the past two years...optimal BG this year. He is not the biggest I've caught but the first I have photographed and shared. The state record in Arkansas for GSF is 1 lbs. 11 oz. I think I'm going to try for it since I've got them in the pond anyways. lol. I did not measure or weigh this one but really enjoyed him. For reference, the ozarka water bottle is right at 8" long...actually 7 15/16. Not a great measurement, but it is something. lol







Caught these that day also





Seem to be growing well. Hope to get a scale soon so I can get some relative weights...and keep up with the GSF. lol.


Edited by peachgrower (05/17/18 03:39 PM)
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#490214 - 05/17/18 03:39 PM Re: I'm after the state record greenie! [Re: peachgrower]
DrLuke Offline


Registered: 06/04/15
Posts: 333
Loc: Grinnell, IA
Monster of a GSF! And nice big belly to go with it. The LMB looked like they were nice and thick too. Nice work!
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#490215 - 05/17/18 03:41 PM Re: I'm after the state record greenie! [Re: peachgrower]
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Registered: 06/04/15
Posts: 333
Loc: Grinnell, IA
Is there a story to go with the big GSF catch? Was she a fighter? I've read that GSF are supposed to be more aggressive than BG. Not sure if that translates to catching too?
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#490216 - 05/17/18 03:44 PM Re: I'm after the state record greenie! [Re: peachgrower]
peachgrower Offline


Registered: 07/02/16
Posts: 420
Loc: Nashville, AR
Thanks Luke. I figure with the 30# of tilapia I added, we should see the weights climb some when they start spawning and then when they die off later this year.
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#490228 - 05/17/18 05:37 PM Re: State record Green Sunfish one day maybe... [Re: peachgrower]
tubguy Offline


Registered: 12/15/14
Posts: 137
Loc: Southern Indiana
Nice fish Peach! I hear that GSF like plastic worms!

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#490231 - 05/17/18 06:07 PM Re: I'm after the state record greenie! [Re: DrLuke]
John Fitzgerald Offline


Registered: 10/27/15
Posts: 1992
Loc: S. end of Elkins, Arkansas
Originally Posted By: DrLuke
Is there a story to go with the big GSF catch? Was she a fighter? I've read that GSF are supposed to be more aggressive than BG. Not sure if that translates to catching too?


I've caught lots of GSF in the wild. The bigger ones make one good run, then kind of lie on their sides and get reeled in. Fighting ability if BG=10 would be a 4 in my estimation.
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#490233 - 05/17/18 06:10 PM Re: I'm after the state record greenie! [Re: John Fitzgerald]
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Registered: 06/04/15
Posts: 333
Loc: Grinnell, IA
Originally Posted By: John Fitzgerald
I've caught lots of GSF in the wild. The bigger ones make one good run, then kind of lie on their sides and get reeled in. Fighting ability if BG=10 would be a 4 in my estimation.


Thanks John! Sounds like the aggressive traits don't translate very well into doing battle vs the rod and reel.
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#490235 - 05/17/18 07:25 PM Re: State record Green Sunfish one day maybe... [Re: peachgrower]
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Registered: 07/02/16
Posts: 420
Loc: Nashville, AR
I will have to disagree on that one. Now I've only "known" since being on the forum what a GSF actually was. I had been feeding them for about 3 months before I knew I had them in the pond...(long story) Maybe its the feed, or something else, but mine fight hard...you would think they were small bass. I really thought this one was. Caught on top water popper...bait was about 3" long. Slammed it. Mine are also VERY aggressive around the feeder. When fishing with bobbers and worms, the kids barely have time to reel in the slack before the bobber goes under.

I actually threw out one larger than this, back when I was trying to get rid of them. I have regretted that ever since. Maybe they aren't the fish everyone wants....maybe they cause forage problems...maybe they don't spawn enough to be good forage...but man they are fun to catch and the kids have a ball.

And yes...I'm one of those people...the ones you cross to the other side of the street when you meet...you don't look them in the eye...you pick another line at Walmart because you do not want to be behind them...you unfriend them on facebook when you find out...they are a member of the Green Sunfish Club.

grin
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#490243 - 05/17/18 11:33 PM Re: State record Green Sunfish one day maybe... [Re: peachgrower]
John Fitzgerald Offline


Registered: 10/27/15
Posts: 1992
Loc: S. end of Elkins, Arkansas
Peach, maybe it is the feed. My experiences with GSF (black perch locally) are one good run, then you think you have a small piece of wood on the line.
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#490246 - 05/18/18 06:23 AM Re: State record Green Sunfish one day maybe... [Re: peachgrower]
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My experience is also different from yours John. Yep, the fight is different but mine make more than one long run. I can certainly tell when I catch a good one.
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#490251 - 05/18/18 08:06 AM Re: State record Green Sunfish one day maybe... [Re: peachgrower]
Acoursey Offline


Registered: 10/26/17
Posts: 49
Loc: West Lafayette, IN
That looks to be a hybrid BG/GSF and not a pure GSF.

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#490256 - 05/18/18 09:14 AM Re: State record Green Sunfish one day maybe... [Re: peachgrower]
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Registered: 01/09/12
Posts: 855
Loc: Central IL
As a long time member of the GSF club I'm going to second the 'fight like the dickens' statement. In my little pond I still catch 'mature' GSF and it's an absolute ball....they fight from hook to bank, every time.
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#490257 - 05/18/18 09:24 AM Re: State record Green Sunfish one day maybe... [Re: peachgrower]
peachgrower Offline


Registered: 07/02/16
Posts: 420
Loc: Nashville, AR
Acoursey, curious on what you see. Most of mine look just like this one. It is possible, as I have both in the pond. Just rarely catch BG.
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#490260 - 05/18/18 09:57 AM Re: State record Green Sunfish one day maybe... [Re: peachgrower]
Jim Wetzel Offline


Registered: 08/16/17
Posts: 338
Loc: Holts Summit, MO
I agree, the first fish pictured is a hybrid involving Bluegill.
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#490263 - 05/18/18 10:24 AM Re: State record Green Sunfish one day maybe... [Re: peachgrower]
peachgrower Offline


Registered: 07/02/16
Posts: 420
Loc: Nashville, AR
Hey Jim, I was hoping you would pop in. Can you describe to me what you are seeing to reach your conclusion?

I have many fish that look similar to this. What gen do you think it might be?
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