Sunfish (aka Panfish) are hot and sexy, especially in late spring and early summer! When the water warms up to the high 60’s, they begin their spawning ritual, which can last through out the summer, depending on the species. They get really aggressive, and are extremely colorful as well. The Texas record “Redear Sunfish” came from Lady Bird Lake in 1997, and was an ounce short of 3 pounds! What a brute!
Unfortunately, sunfish don’t consistently hit the 2 pound class. If they did, I think a lot of folks might spend less time bass fishing! That being said, they can still achieve some good size, and have an attitude way bigger than their actual size might imply. Don’t sell sunfish short – they are a ton of fun on light fly and tackle outfits.
All of these pictures came from a neat little “neighborhood gold” pond I discovered a few months ago. They fell for my “VIPH”, aka “vastly improved popper hopper” on a 3# Echo fly rod.
Sunfish have saved many trips, and can be found just about every where. I encourage you to check out your local ponds, and see what they have to offer!