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    Can anyone tell me what type of sunfish this is?
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    How big is it?
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    Looks like a pumpkinseed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smaug
    Looks like a pumpkinseed.
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    It's a longear sunfish Lepomis megalotis
    Male in the center, female in the back.
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    Quote Originally Posted by smaug
    Looks like a pumpkinseed.

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    You put these in a Frying Pan, not an Aquarium

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    Nice pic. How big those get anyway?

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    Probably about 8 to 10 inches.
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    Contrary to the popular response, those fish are longears, as stated earlier. If I have to bet, I'd day this fish was either caught in Texas, or in a river draining into the Mississippi River. Too bad the OP hasn't told us where it was caught. But these fish are not Pumpkinseeds - I promise.

    Old Marine, sunfish make great aquarium fish, but they certainly still taste good. Is it weird that I keep sunfish in tanks at home and still enjoy frying up their brethren on occasion?

    BigNellum, longears have the potential to reach about 8-9 inches, but in the wild, they rarely exceed 6'' depending on sex, habitat, and drainage. It is more common to see adults from 4-6''. For instance, some of the longears in Louisiana might get to a larger max size than their northern longear counterparts. And the introduced population here in Georgia rarely get larger than 5''. (There are several "strains" or subspecies of longears across the country, and they may eventually be separated as different species). Pumpkinseeds, on the other hand, can get pretty stout at 10''. But again, they are more commonly seen at about 6-8''.
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