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Possible World-Record Redear Sunfish Caught in Arizona

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February 24, 2014

Possible World-Record Redear Sunfish Caught in Arizona

By Ben Romans

An Arizona man fishing Lake Havasu on Feb. 16, 2014, caught a 5.78-pound redear sunfish that could eclipse the current world record.
 
According to the Arizona Game and Fish Department, Hector Brito caught the 17-inch long fish on a dropshot rig and nightcrawler and took it to a local tackle shop to have it weighed on an AGFD certified scale. However, to officially qualify as a world record, he’ll have to submit a formal application with the International Game Fish Association. The current world record, a redear also caught in Lake Havasu, is 5.5 pounds.
 
The AGFD’s report also says anglers shouldn’t be surprised if a larger redear appears from Lake Havasu, especially in the spring when the fish become more active. It’s thought the lake’s invasive quagga mussel population has become a new food source and a reason anglers are regularly finding panfish weighing two pounds or more.

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from labrador12 wrote 7 weeks 1 day ago

Sunfish are very good fighters for their size. My intro to fly fishing was sunnys. I have to think a 3-5 lb sunny is a bear on a 5wt fly rod.

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from themadflyfisher wrote 7 weeks 1 day ago

holy crap!

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from themadflyfisher wrote 7 weeks 1 day ago

holy crap!

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from Calvin Yerke wrote 7 weeks 1 day ago

I am pretty excited about anything over a pound down here in Florida, but that's amazing.

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from Nicholas Sondelski wrote 6 weeks 6 days ago

Do redear sunfish eat zebra mussels? If so start stocking them in the great lakes!

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from Stephen Legette wrote 6 weeks 6 days ago

That's What we in the South call a "Shell Cracker", I've seen some 4 an4 1/2 lbs ones but that is a Big Pan Fish.

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from Ryan Pope wrote 6 weeks 5 days ago

Man! Even the sunfish and bluegills we used to grow in our farm pond we couldn't get much past 12-13 inches! Biggest bluegill we ever pulled out of there was 14", but ALL of them were 9" or more. I miss that pond. :(

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from labrador12 wrote 7 weeks 1 day ago

Sunfish are very good fighters for their size. My intro to fly fishing was sunnys. I have to think a 3-5 lb sunny is a bear on a 5wt fly rod.

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from themadflyfisher wrote 7 weeks 1 day ago

holy crap!

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from themadflyfisher wrote 7 weeks 1 day ago

holy crap!

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from Calvin Yerke wrote 7 weeks 1 day ago

I am pretty excited about anything over a pound down here in Florida, but that's amazing.

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from Nicholas Sondelski wrote 6 weeks 6 days ago

Do redear sunfish eat zebra mussels? If so start stocking them in the great lakes!

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from Stephen Legette wrote 6 weeks 6 days ago

That's What we in the South call a "Shell Cracker", I've seen some 4 an4 1/2 lbs ones but that is a Big Pan Fish.

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from Ryan Pope wrote 6 weeks 5 days ago

Man! Even the sunfish and bluegills we used to grow in our farm pond we couldn't get much past 12-13 inches! Biggest bluegill we ever pulled out of there was 14", but ALL of them were 9" or more. I miss that pond. :(

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