If your local fly fishing waters are anywhere in the Eastern US, you have probably hooked one of these little fighters. Who would have thought a 6 inch freshwater fish that feeds off of zooplankton would wage such a battle? With this one piece, you can give the Longear Sunfish its due. It’s quite a colorful little fighter with a bright orange belly and aqua markings all down its head. But its real distinctive feature is its “long ear”: an elongated opercular flap that protects its gills. It is a tasty meal, but also a great tank mate if that is your game.
Like any Sunfish these fish are immensely popular as a pan fish and they are incredibly abundant throughout eastern North America. These beautiful little fish with their elongated opercular flap are prized amongst young anglers and kids. This fishing Romper can remind you of those old days of fishing as a child!