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Not quite sure what this is, never caught one before. I understand there are sunshine bass in FLA, never seen one.

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looks like some kind of striped bass hybrid

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Sunshine bass is exactly what it is AND Palm Beach waterways (fresh) are loaded with them. Over 80,000 were dumped into Lake Osborne last year and thousands more prior to that. I have caught Sunshine bass in Osborne for 30 years. A very common way is to use fresh, cut shrimp on a drop shot style rig with two or three hooks. They are also good eating.

LOL, I got into a school of them yesterday on the lake during a tournament and couldn't get'em to leave my crankbait alone. Fun fighters too.

PS. I've caught them regulary in Lake ida and Lake Clarke. You might get them farther south than Ida, I just never get down that way to fish.

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Around here we call those wipers (hybrid striped/white bass). My understanding is that if they use the striped bass egg and the white bass sperm they are classified as palmettos, and if they use the white bass egg and the striped bass sperm they are classified as sunshine bass. They are great fighters and tend to be a schooling fish so if you catch one there's usually more in the area. They also grow really fast and can get pretty big. The broken horizontal line is the easiest way to identify them.

Funny story about those. A couple of years ago a guy on our local fishing forum posted a picture of one on a scale that went close to 29 lbs. That was big enough to beat the state record by almost 2 lbs and the world record by more than a pound. He didn't realize it and ate the fish.

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@ Bassn........I caught it at the Weaver canal at Military Trail, that's the canal running east and west just south of Gateway, I was hoping to nail a peacock, I've caught many there before the freeze. As often as I fish these canals, it made my day catching something that I never did before.

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In Kansas we call it a Wiper - White Bass/ Striped Bass Hybrid.

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Looks a lot like a wiper to me. They hit and pull like a truck, for a freshwater fish anyways.

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Cut out the red meat and stomach meat. Only eat the backstraps. Good baked with a citrus or a tequilla lime marinade.

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Cut out the red meat and stomach meat. Only eat the backstraps. Good baked with a citrus or a tequilla lime marinade.

I wouldn't eat anything out of these Florida canals. It's a pretty fish and it was great catching something that I hadn't caught before, the fight was about the same as a LMB of the same size.

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Wiper and Sunshine Bass are both common names for this striper/white bass hybrid. The tip off is the broken stripes. I caught them down in VA pretty good. Bigger ones do put up a nice battle.

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