This morning a went on a short fishing trip to a local creek that I have never explored before, Red Bank Creek in Red Bank, SC (Congaree River Basin). The creek was perfect for wading and I brought both conventional and micro fishing gear.
With the conventional gear I was able to catch three beautiful species of sunfish, including my biggest ever dollar sunfish:
Redbreast Sunfish (Lepomis auritus)
Dollar Sunfish (Lepomis marginatus)
Bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus)
With the micro gear, I was initially going to try to target Darters, but the water was a little too deep, current too fast, and too much cloud cover so I wasn't able to see any. However, I did come across a single pocket with a few small "minnows." I could only get one to take the hook before they quicky became hook-shy. I was thrilled to see a new species for me, the Lowland Shiner (Pteronotropis stonei)! I also managed a multitude of dollar sunfish and Eastern Mosquitofish from other spots along the creek.
Eastern Mosquitofish (Gambusia holbrooki):