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#1 midwest

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Posted 23 September 2019 - 07:53 AM

Anyone know of any reputable source to get some small sized long ear sunfish for my tank?  I had been emailing a place in Ohio but haven't heard back from them in over a week once I tried to place an order.  A lot of the places I find via Google are geared toward stocking ponds not shipping small numbers.

Thanks



#2 centrarchid

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Posted 23 September 2019 - 08:00 AM

What part of Indiana are you in?  You might have local stock far more interesting.


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#3 Michael Wolfe

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Posted 23 September 2019 - 08:58 AM

You should be talking to Brian Zimmerman. Even if he is out of town or whatever right now, I think you will appreciate the fish and working with someone evso knowledgeable and committed
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#4 midwest

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Posted 23 September 2019 - 02:34 PM

Zimmerman is who I was working with.  I know nothing about him but got concerned because I originally reached out to him 2 weeks ago and was asking about the size of the fish he had to make sure they were not to small for the perch I already have and he stopped contact.  i think he must be out of town or something.  He hasn't answered phone calls and there hasn't been any new activity on his facebook page for several weeks.

 

I am also talking to Jonah from Jonahs aquarium.  The prices listed on his website were about twice what Zimmerman had but when he emailed me a current price list it was closer to Zimmerman.



#5 Michael Wolfe

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Posted 23 September 2019 - 05:23 PM

Both are great guys and long time NANFA members.
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#6 JasonL

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Posted 23 September 2019 - 08:40 PM

Here in KY I have a hard time NOT catching longear of all sizes fishing local creeks with ultralight gear.

Wouldn't be surprised if they are right in your backyard since they are native to Indiana too.

#7 midwest

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Posted 24 September 2019 - 05:33 AM

Thanks, for some reason i was thinking I had read that Jonah was from pretty far away so I was worried about shipping. I think from what I found he is from OH as well so no problem with me being in Indiana.  Growing up fishing in Indiana anything with similar coloration to a longear we always called a pumpkin seed, not knowing the difference.  From images I have seen the longear have more distinct colors and I don't recall ever catching one, but that doesn't mean I didn't when I was younger.



#8 Matt DeLaVega

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Posted 24 September 2019 - 06:41 AM

http://forum.nanfa.o...19/#entry153206

 

Check this out. For the cost of some time and gas you can get your longears and learn a few things.

 

Where I live in Ohio, colorful sunfish are all referred to as pumpkinseeds as well. I didn't know the difference until I intentionally started educating myself. Anyway in Ohio and Indiana, longear are more widespread than pumpkinseeds. Longear are found in lakes and streams. Pumpkinseeds are almost never found in streams. They dislike like moving water.

 

Get yourself some size 12( or so) long shank hooks, a small float and some wax worms. Head to a local stream. Pinch the barbs down on the hooks with pliers to facilitate unhooking. You will most likely catch bluegill, green sunfish and longear sunfish. Creek chubs are very likely as well. You shouldn't have much trouble differentiating longears from the bluegills and green sunfish.

 

Or just go meet up with these guys Saturday.

 

 If it works better for you to purchase sunfish, you can't go wrong with Jonah's or Zimmerman's. With cooler temperatures in the near future, shipping shouldn't be a concern.

 

Good luck to you.


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#9 Fleendar the Magnificent

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Posted 24 September 2019 - 01:29 PM

I live in central Ohio. Longears are common in the rivers and streams. I caught mine in the local river here.

 

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#10 midwest

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Posted 25 September 2019 - 07:42 AM

Thanks, years ago I had a small native tank with fish I had caught.  I enjoyed it but kept them on live food and was young enough I didn't really know how to convert them to pellet food.  This go around all the fish I have are native to my area I just have been getting them from local farms.  I feel like it is probably less stress on the fish and the ones I have already and are getting are already on artificial food.



#11 midwest

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Posted 04 October 2019 - 03:51 PM

I got my 5 long ears today from Jonahs. I live a couple hundred miles away so they shipped out last night and I was able to get them from the UPS store today before noon so they were bagged for about 16 hours. I floated and acclimated them for about an hour and let them loose. Going to work on transitioning them from blood worms to pellets.

#12 Fleendar the Magnificent

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Posted 05 October 2019 - 04:50 PM

It'll take a little time, but once hungry enough, they'll transition. I have yet to get my Northern sunfish to transition from blood worms and Mysis shrimp to anything else yet. Need to do it. Crickets be too hard to catch in my older age and cold weather is coming....



#13 midwest

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Posted 06 October 2019 - 09:17 PM

I had a bag of Hichari micro pellets I had bought earlier not realizing how small they were.  Today I saw most of them going after them.  I'm going to try to give them blood worms every few days.  I want to get them transitioned but also want them growing as well......






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