What's the best size longear sunfish to catch for a tank? I know small is good, but I need to be able to tell they're longears, and I'd like to be able to tell if they're males or females. Maybe 2"-ish? I'm looking for some nice small flies to use to catch little guys, since those have bright colors. I don't think bait will be an issue... the baby green I'm temporarily housing will attack anything that looks like it fits in his mouth. I plan to just get a colorful fly and maybe stick a bit of table shrimp on for smell, and they should go for that. Or I can use canned corn, the adults will go after corn.
And while we're on this topic, what's the best way to FIND baby sunnies? I know where to get semi-adult ones, but the babies hide a lot. Should I just fish in reeds and see what I get? I can't dipnet them out, they're game fish (I think) and therefore I have to catch them with a hook.
These are Central Texas longears, if that makes any difference. I've never seen one over 6" long.
Edited by Betta132, 17 February 2015 - 03:39 PM.