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I know this is going to be hard to believe but this really happened to me yesterday. About noon yesterday it was hot, I mean really hot and  was in the Ozarks in a clear mountain river  trying to cool off, I waded out into neck deep water with only my head , cap, and polarized sunglasses above water , standing there still enjoying the cool of the river I looked down in the water and much to my surprise there was a longeared sunfish about a 8 or 9 inches long suspended about 6 inches below the surface. At first I thought he might be curious , or thought I might be some kind of structure, but now I realize he was calling me out, for three minuted we were eye to eye and he was staring at me , he let me move my hand within 6 inches of him and it didn't seem to scare him or bother him, he just kept staring at me like he was the Boss of the river. I was fasinated that I was that close to a big sunfish in his natural enviroment and I wanted to see how this was going to play out, I thought about trying to catch him with my hands, thought that would be cool but I just let him do his thing and I watched, it looked like he had a smirk on his face as he finally broke our eye to eye stare down and slowly  be began to swim around me,and I thought he was just going to swim off when all of a sudden  he BIT ME, he had found a mole I have on my back and he BIT ME  hard enought to bring blood. I felt back there to make sure he had not removed it.   Well it's on now, next trip up he is going to taste the steel of my hook at the end of my fly line, we can't have sunfish acting like that, the next thing you know they will be acting like piranna , so I am going to remove this  MANEATER before  He can teach others to do the same,  I suggest that yall do the same.             LOFR

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LOL! You may have developed a new form of extreme fishing .Design imitation mole lures on parts of the body you can reach and catch the fish by hand !

ROFL! Oh man. I think the nature mixed itself with one of the Condello's strain, and finally got a taste of human's blood. If that get a chance to propagate, we'll have a massive man-hunter strain on our hand. Fly line away!!

Yep, once they get a taste of human blood they are a  MANEATER, and nothing else will satisify their cravings, they will aways be a  MANEATER , they will eat you just as soon as look at you.   As for that mole, " Freckles  ugly  cousin" That thing might look like a poppin bug, yall my need to make a mole pattern fly, I can tell you that fish hit it with gusto, and brought blood.      LOFR

OMG, I am laughing my tail off right now!!

I think I have the technology and enough materials in my fly tying supplies to make a mole fly, If you could post a picture of the mole I'm confident I could copy it.  You could present this brute  with something he recognizes as food! I would do this free of charge just for the piece of mind in knowing I might have saved a life. LOL!!

Okay...okay...you guys are killing me! MOLE FLIES?! Oh man, a new fly design in the making for all fly rodders out there.

 A mole? count your blessings LOFR....

If that had been a Hybrid Bluegill instead of a Longear, you'd be missing an entire arm......rolling on the floor

ROFLMAO

I am so glad he was as high in the water column as he was.

 

Nothing like a good stare contest.. At least you got to keep your lunch money.....

my brother used to snorkel in a gin clear mine we used to fish ,he swam down where the red ears were bedding and they charged his mask and bit him.when your in the water with them they have no fear i guess.uo until now my brother was the only sun fish attack victim i knew of.

See , I knew there were others that have been attacked by MANEATERS, I bet Greg out in Oklahoma has been nibbled on , but that was probally snakes and turtles,tasting those legs and toes in those float tubes. The only way I can describe the fish bite is that it felt like someone quickly  pinched me with a pair of plyers.    LOFR

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