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Where to collect Pygmy sunfish (all kinds)

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#1 Manuel809

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  • Massachusetts

Posted 21 May 2019 - 03:45 PM

Hi I am located in Massachusetts and I am planning on going on a collecting trip in 1-2 months. My main focus is to collect different species Pygmy sunfish. I will most likely go to Florida. I was wondering if anyone can share locations where I can find Pygmy sunfish. Thank you in advanced.

#2 gerald

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  • Wake Forest, North Carolina

Posted 22 May 2019 - 11:26 AM

E. zonatum is pretty common in swamp streams in Johnston County NC: Buffalo Creek, Black Creek, Hannah Creek, Stone Creek, and Johnson Swamp. That would be half-way on your trip to FL.  You can collect non-game fish with dipnets and seines with a NC fishing license.  Non-resident 10-day license is $18:  https://www.ncwildli...apping-Licenses

E. zonatum pair.Angier.tw1.jpg

Gerald Pottern
Hangin' on the Neuse
"Taxonomy is the diaper used to organize the mess of evolution into discrete packages" - M.Sandel

#3 Doug_Dame

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Posted 22 May 2019 - 08:51 PM

That's a bold looking Zonatum male ... NICE !

Doug Dame

Floridian now back in Florida

#4 Manuel809

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  • Massachusetts

Posted 23 May 2019 - 02:43 PM

Thank you Gerald, I will definitely be making a pit stop to try and collect these fish. Any specific locations that I can put on my gps will be greatly appreciated.

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