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#1 Ccopelin1

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Posted 29 December 2016 - 08:50 PM

Down here at our vacation home for a bit. Pygmy sunfish have been on my wish list for a while now. Purposefully have never pulled the trigger on buying some in hopes of making an adventure in finding my own. Anyone know of a good place to start around here?

#2 Michael Wolfe

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Posted 29 December 2016 - 09:12 PM

According to the Florida collecting guide there are E. evergladei at Cypress Creek just off of FL 54 just west of I75 north of Tampa


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#3 don212

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Posted 29 December 2016 - 09:18 PM

from fl collector guide delorme pg 83,cypress creek  off fl54,n28.1868, w 82.4020 never been there , good hunting



#4 don212

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Posted 29 December 2016 - 09:22 PM

weird michael beat me by @2 seconds



#5 Doug_Dame

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Posted 29 December 2016 - 11:52 PM

weird michael beat me by @2 seconds

 

"Weird Michael" is quick, but (in his defense) he isn't necessarily much more weird than most of the other resident fishheads. 

 

re pygmy sunfish, the odds of finding them are pretty good in any random roadside ditch that has vegetation suggesting more or less permanent water. Use a small mesh net. This time of year they'll mostly be sub-adults.


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#6 centrarchid

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Posted 30 December 2016 - 10:02 AM

Have you considered what occurs in southern Indiana and Illinois?


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#7 Ccopelin1

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Posted 30 December 2016 - 10:52 AM

Cool! I gonna get to hunting. Yesterday I went to alot of wet spots and fingers off of lake tarpon thinking it was a good place to start. Got a couple beautiful pairs of bluefin killies and caught and release loads of blue spot, stripe suns, nice blue mosquito fish and a few others I could not id. I will take some pics today. Yes I have thought of venturing through my home state and will when it warms up. 20 years in this and got into planted tanks a few years ago wich took me out for my own aquatic plants. While out I discovered a few species of darter, started googling and discovered this site and that microfishing is actually a thing. Now it's my new thing. ;) thanks guys!

#8 don212

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Posted 30 December 2016 - 11:23 AM

 

"Weird Michael" is quick, but (in his defense) he isn't necessarily much more weird than most of the other resident fishheads. 

 

re pygmy sunfish, the odds of finding them are pretty good in any random roadside ditch that has vegetation suggesting more or less permanent water. Use a small mesh net. This time of year they'll mostly be sub-adults.

i guess commas matter, 



#9 Michael Wolfe

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Posted 30 December 2016 - 02:49 PM

I'll go with Weird Michael. Heck I almost told him to look out his window and try the ditch he could see from there!
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#10 Doug_Dame

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Posted 30 December 2016 - 05:51 PM

i guess commas matter, 

 

Of course they do. Had you thrown a superfluous one in the wrong place, we might not have known who you were referring to. 

 

(Just kidding, Michael.)

 

(I mean, just kidding with you, Weird Michael.) 


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#11 Elassoman

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Posted 01 January 2017 - 07:34 PM

Evergladei will be in the bright green grassy stuff that grows in most ditches. Okefenokee is east a bit in the Hillsborough Preserve. Look for them in more shaded blackwater or springheads. Zonatum is about a 2-hour drive north. It will tolerate more silt than the others.


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#12 don212

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Posted 03 January 2017 - 07:27 PM

any luck at the site michael and i shared?



#13 evoss87

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Posted 29 June 2017 - 11:20 AM

What about gilberti? Any good locations for these guys. Looking to take a trip to go fish hunting.

#14 gerald

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Posted 30 June 2017 - 08:16 AM

E. gilberti range is western FL from about Fort Walton Beach east to Waccasassa Bay, in most or all river basins within that range. Habitat is similar to E. okefenokee and evergladei:  aquatic plant beds and leaf litter in ditches, streams, springs, ponds. 


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#15 Doug_Dame

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Posted 30 June 2017 - 10:02 PM

 Wacissa Springs is the classic go-to location for gilberti. A bit south of I-10, closer to Tallahassee than Jacksonville. 


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#16 gerald

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Posted 01 July 2017 - 10:50 AM

And if anybody's collecting in that area, I'd like to get a couple gilberti males.  My 18-yr old colony has dwindled down to two good females and one old geriatric male who's apparently not up to needed task anymore. 


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