Species Info

Redbreast sunfish

Type:  Panfish

Appearance:  A very long black ear flap distinguishes this fish from other Florida bream.

State record:  2.08 lbs.

BigCatch:  To qualify your catch needs to exceed the listed weight OR length (not necessarily both).

Habitat:  Also known as river bream and redbellies, these are the flowing water cousins of bluegill. Redbellies often can be found in backwater areas with less flow, especially where there are sandy bottoms. Common in rivers of north Florida, but absent from south Florida.

Behavior:  The redbreast's diet is probably the most varied of any of the sunfishes. Principal food organisms are bottom-dwelling insect larvae, snails, clams, shrimp, crayfish, and small fish. Compared to some sunfish, redbreasts grow slowly. Redbreast reach six inches in about two to three years.

Tips:  The same live baits that work for bluegill will also catch redbreast sunfish.

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