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Fish ID - BG or BG/RES Cross
#527367 11/06/20 09:29 PM
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This is the largest sunfish I have ever caught. My goal was a one pound BG this summer from our lake. Caught this 11 inch BG but think it might be a mix. It weighted 15.8 OZ. Thanks for helping identifying my catch.

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To me it looks like a pure Bluegill.


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I would call it a bluegill.

If it had some RES in it the opercular tab would have some margin coloring. It looks pure black to me.


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+2 on the comments above ID'ing pure BG.

I would just add that the fish looks to be female AND that it's a dandy fish. If female its rare in this size and you likely have males that will surpass your goal.

I don't catch a lot of BG/RES hybrids but when I do they generally have a verticle barring of darker color.

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Shorty provided this pic in another thread and looks typical for the hybrid.[Linked Image from forums.pondboss.com]

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Thanks to everyone for the positive ID as a BG! It seemed like a really big sunfish. Exciting to know that it is a female and the males would be even bigger. Appreciate photos of the hybrid as an example.

This forum is an amazing place to learn and get questions answered.

Now, I need to catch one of those bigger Male BG.


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I’ve not found that the males get bigger


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It looks more BG than BGxRES to me, but based on my 12 years with BGxRES F1's, Fx's, and back crosses, I couldn't rule out some RES genes without DNA testing.

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BG +1
















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MOFishermen #527461 11/09/20 08:33 PM
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I am confused by BG +1.

Ewest, does that mean it has crossed with a redear? Thanks for explaining.


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I didn't mean to speak for him but I think he just means another vote for BG.


Yes that is right !

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By the way, nice fish! I'd be happy if some of mine get that big someday.


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Sorry about that. +1 means I agree that it is a BG and a very nice one at that.
















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Am I the only one seeing a faint color around the lower rounded part of the opercular tab or is that just a shadow? I've seen some F4+ HBG with 90%+ BG genetics express just the slightest GSF characteristics....otherwise of course 100% BG if that's not coloring around the tab. Also, impressive fish!


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Copied the pic and enlarged to max size - pic gets fuzzy. There is a shadow but no color on tab (as best I can see). There is a spot of off color pigment on the fish just off the tab that looks like other coloration (yellowish pink) on the fish.
















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Thanks Eric, that's what I must be seeing. Amazing how much fun we all have with lepomis ID.


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MOFishermen #527523 11/11/20 09:35 PM
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[Linked Image from forums.pondboss.com]I appreciate everyone's response to my post. It is amazing the knowledge and experience this Forum provides to everyone, especially me! I now know what BG +1 means.....since this tread seemed to like BG photos, I attached a few more. I have been feeding Optimal BG JR for the last two years. I start with JR in April to June and then transition to BG feed from July to November. Extremely happy with the results in growth, size and coloration.

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Couple healthy and beautiful bulls - both fish exhibit some great potential to become real trophies. Keep feeding and keep posting pics - well done!


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I 2nd TJ's comments and I also like the "seawall" in the background of the 2nd picture.


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Can I get a few dozen of these please?


Im going to ask a lot of questions, but only because I'm clueless
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MOFishermen #527629 11/15/20 10:14 PM
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Thanks for the continued comments on my BG. It has been fun to raise them over the last few years. As a follow up to Esshup comment on the wall, I have attached a few images of the sea wall. We had a significant slope issue and wanted to get golf cart/UTV access to the boat. Parents are elderly and could not do the vertical rise from dock to house. When we built the sea wall, we installed a major BG spawning bed, see the attached photo at low water. It is great entertainment to watch the male BG trying to win the attention of the females and then defend their nest.

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Thanks, that looks great!!!!


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