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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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Your LORDSHIP, not in my tube at the ROCK CRUSHER at BURBANK, OK!!! LOCAL swimming hole and they are VICIOUS!!!!!!!  Alway I repeat always wear a SUIT therE!!!! 

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Can You imagine one of those monsters at Richman Mills, ever got the taste of HUMAN BLOOD??????? This is no laughing MATTER GUYS this could be SERIOUS!!!!!

Now _that's_ a scary thought, Greg! I would never swim in Richmond Mill without shark mail on lol

Lord of the Fly, Rods , It is a GOOD thing you weren't Skinny dippin, could have been far worse!!!!

So funny!!! Have had a few bite me while swimming but never thought of them as attacks LOL.

Awesome!!! and ouch... Those longears are the peskiest things how you can sometimes stumble right on top of them without spooking them or affecting them at all, and then they don't feel the need to eat! Great story though 

ROFLALAL....As I was reading this I thought LOFR has become our fish whisperer......maybe not so much now! However I was raised on Grand Lake here in Okla, was swimming in a cove when I was surrounded by gill that started nibbling on me. I actually have a small scar on my wrist because I went screaming out of the water, jumped into the boat then promptly fell out of the boat cutting my wrist on a rock. I dont feel so silly now knowing they are MAN/WOMAN eaters!!!

Thank you Jen, I should have been more sensitive, from now on I'll refer to those fish as MAN/WOMEN  EATERS  , I too use to have a big time at Grand Lake back in the 80's.     LOFR

I remember little fish nibbling on my toes while floating around my parents' friends' boat dock in a mae west life jacket on Lake Okauchee (WI) when I was 7 or so. To think what could have happened if they'd turned more vicious! ;)

Cool! Full contact panfishing!

Like Tony said...if that had been a hybrid you would at least have had a gouge of flesh removed from your back!

Sure is Greg..... IM gonna rethink skinny dipping while fishing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ME TOO, JEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  :-)

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