Do you love big bluegill?
At least in the Mason Dixon area streams and lakes, most red breast seldom exceed 7 inches, although I have caught them as large as 9.5 inches locally...but a very rare fish.
I think there are larger average sized RB's in southeastern streams and creeks. I've taken several 10-inch class red breasts from Richmond Mill Lake, NC, and one that remains my personal best at 11.25 inches. They all seemed to prefer the cooler incoming waters of Gum Swamp Creek where water temperatures could be as much as 10 degrees higher than the main lake. Beautiful fish during the spawn. Many southern anglers call them 'Robins'.
extraordinary fish Jim!
Check out my Redbreast Lovers group if you haven't already. We'd be glad to have you join. I love the redbreast. I usually encounter them in moving water or close to it.....however, the largest one I've caught to date came from pond.
The biggest and most aggressive I've caught was in a lake ,(the fish pictured here ) .At least one small stream I know of has loads of them from 4" to 6.5 " or so . The prettiest I've caught were the turquoise colored light breasted Shenandoah river fish . Sure would like to find them the size of Jim Gronaws !
Here are a bunch of RBS pics from members here at BBG: http://bigbluegill.com/photo/photo/search?q=Red+Breasted+Sunfish+ Don't forget to tag your fish pic so they end up in this collection for all to see.
Must be Jason .The link works fine for me.
THAT is a GIANT!
I meant that this fish above is a giant!