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Post Posted: 11:10am - May 20,10 
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took my buddy, who barely fishes, out to my pond to catch a few gills after work the other day. gave him one of my bass spinning rods and on his 2nd cast he hooked into this monster. keep in mind this is NOT a RED EAR SUNFISH. This is a stanard sunfish, probably the largest i have ever seen.
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i cant get the 2nd pic to load for some reason so i gess the comparison pic of the gill next to the reel is a no-go. :noway Anyways, its just a huge gill.

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Post Posted: 11:55am - May 20,10 
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A beauty for sure!!

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Post Posted: 12:43pm - May 20,10 
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That'a a HUGE gill!!! Did you get a measurement on that thing? Mr. Luc may need a new pair of pants. :P

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Post Posted: 04:29pm - May 20,10 
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:allah That's an awesome fish ....

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Post Posted: 05:54pm - May 20,10 
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Makes my heart pound.

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Post Posted: 07:29pm - May 20,10 
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Oh those orange/purple breasted beast are so nice to catch, always a major head shaker all the way back to the rod. Very nice, your a lucky man. :wink:

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Post Posted: 03:59am - May 21,10 
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Very nice fish.

I am confused though. Isn't this a bluegill? I ask only cause I am trying to learn different sunfish, gill species.

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Post Posted: 12:16pm - May 21,10 
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A big male blue gill sunfish if you will,, not to be confused with green - red ear - pumpkinseed or any others in the sunfish family. Sunfish is similar to bass as it represents a family and although it is used to describe the pumpkinseed it is correct for all. Small, large ,Kentucky are all bass ,I hope this clears things a bit.

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Post Posted: 03:08pm - May 21,10 
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Thats a Gill on HGH!!!!!!

Awesome picture thanks for sharing. :allah

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Post Posted: 07:00pm - May 27,10 
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WOW!

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Post Posted: 01:04pm - May 30,10 
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Fish like that might turn your pal into "a regular"

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Post Posted: 06:39pm - May 30,10 
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At it................
Think of it like this:
sunfish, common name for members of the family Centrachidae, comprising numerous species of spiny-finned, freshwater fishes with deep, laterally flattened bodies found in temperate North America. All members of the family, which includes the black basses (genus Micropterus) and the crappies (genus Pomoxis), prefer fertile lakes with firm bottoms and build nests, which the males guard pugnaciously. The sunfishes, or breams, genus Lepomis, are smaller (1/4 lb/.14 kg average) members indigenous to E North America but successfully introduced in the West. Common eastern varieties are the rock bass, the bluegill and green sunfishes, and the long-eared and common, or pumpkinseed, sunfishes, brilliantly colored with bright orange bellies. The redear and warmouth sunfishes are found in the Mississippi basin; the spotted sunfish, or stumpknocker, is a denizen of the South. The Sacramento perch is the only native western sunfish. The black basses, the most important and valuable of American freshwater game fishes, are longer bodied and larger (averaging 2-3 lb/.9-1.4 kg); they include the largemouth and smallmouth black basses and the spotted bass. The crappies are the largest sunfishes, attaining a length of 1 ft (2.5 cm) and a weight of 2 lb (.9 kg). There are two species, the white crappie (P. annularis) and the black crappie or calico bass (P. nigro-maculatus). The pigmy sunfishes, rarely over 11/2 in. (3.8 cm) long, bear an uncertain relationship to the family and are classed separately. The totally unrelated ocean sunfish, or headfish, Mola mola, of the family Molidae, is allied to the puffer. Sunfishes are classified in the phylum Chordata, subphylum Vertebrata, class Osteichthyes, order Perciformes, family Centrachidae.

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Post Posted: 07:43pm - May 30,10 
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:allah Yowza!

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