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#1 Fleendar the Magnificent

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Posted 29 March 2019 - 05:05 PM

I caught this tiny little 1.5" bluegill 2 weeks ago. He's now feed-trained on blood worms and Mysis shrimp and I hand feed him with a bamboo skewer. He takes the food right off of the stick and paces the tank front back and forth until I feed him. Even when it's not feeding time or after he's fed and full, he'll follow me when I walk past the tank and interact with me. Seems like most of the sunfish family are a personable species that likes to interact with the keeper once they settle in.

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#2 jeffreyconte

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Posted 29 March 2019 - 05:52 PM

That's a Pumpkinseed, not a Bluegill. I am jealous as I want one so badly.  :biggrin:

#3 Ournativeson

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Posted 29 March 2019 - 07:00 PM

Very nice!

#4 MtFallsTodd

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Posted 30 March 2019 - 07:56 AM

Very nice, should grow up to be a beauty.
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#5 Fleendar the Magnificent

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Posted 30 March 2019 - 01:32 PM



Where are you located at? I guess that they're a pretty common fish to find in the NE states from Wisconsin diagonal down to SC. However, not common elsewhere. I think I got lucky catching him. Took about 3 days for him to leave the corner of the tank and finally pick up blood worms. Another 4 days before he approached the tank front. Now he waits for me and eats from the stick. If I could catch another one I'd send it to you if I had a way to do so and it arrive alive.


@Native & Todd,


I think this one's a male. Seems a bit more colorful even at this young age. Hopefully he'll turn out like some of the others that are heavily colored. I've been wanting one of these but only seemed to catch standard bluegills and green sunfish. Is it that red bit on the opercula and the red eyes that ID it as a punky? Never could tell the difference until they grew up.




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#6 jeffreyconte

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Posted 30 March 2019 - 07:53 PM

Central Illinois along the Mississippi River, where bluegill, green, warmouth and orange-spotted are common. No P-seeds, though. The lack of "thumbprint" in the rear of the dorsal fin eliminates it as a bluegill.  The red mark on the opercular flap and the body coloring say P-seed.

#7 Fleendar the Magnificent

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Posted 15 April 2019 - 02:56 PM

Thanks Jeffrey. Too bad you don't have punkies out there.

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