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When talking about pan-fishing, it's always perch, crappie, and bluegill.  How come rock bass never come up?  Plentiful and a fun fish to catch.

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I just include them in the class 'sunnies'...it's just another variety of them like Pumpkinseed or Longear.

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55 minutes ago, billmac said:

When talking about pan-fishing, it's always perch, crappie, and bluegill.  How come rock bass never come up?  Plentiful and a fun fish to catch.

They aren't my favorite , haha. They give up as soon as you set the hook then go ape poo as soon as you try to get the hook out 

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2 hours ago, greentrout said:

Image result for goggle eyes fish

 

warmouth in mississippi ... also known as goggle eyes ... what i call 'em ... they will hit bass lures ... feisty little fellas ...

 

good fishing ...

Warmouth and rock bass are completely different fish. We have warmouth here, but no rock bass. They look kind of similar, but the Ozarks is about as close as they get to Kansas.

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47 minutes ago, Bluebasser86 said:

Warmouth and rock bass are completely different fish. We have warmouth here, but no rock bass. They look kind of similar, but the Ozarks is about as close as they get to Kansas.

As @Bluebasser86said - two different species. The Sunfish 'Family' is actually fairly wide as Bass are included, but of a different Genera than Sunnies. Same with Crappies...same family, different genera.

 

<- Aquatic Biology major in College.

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We have rock bass (goggle eye) in the river here (and probably a few creeks) but few, if any, in still water.  I love 'em but with the water being so consistently high, strong, and muddy, I haven't had the chance to try for them.

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On 7/11/2019 at 12:40 PM, TnRiver46 said:

They aren't my favorite , haha. They give up as soon as you set the hook then go ape poo as soon as you try to get the hook out 

Couldn’t be put any better. Pretty many of them here in S.E. Penna. They can get to be a pain on the butt when early season trout fishing. They’ll hit a Panther Martin hard as heck. You think you hooked up a trout and then they flounder out to nothing when reeling them in. Some do get to be a nice size. 

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Senko wreckers in spring.  Seems like most disappear into the depths when the waters warm.

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I like catching them, and they are great for taking kids fishing, but their spines are wicked.

 

They aren't bad eating, but like smallmouth in my neck of the woods, they are usually very wormy.

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On 7/15/2019 at 8:36 AM, billmac said:

I like catching them, and they are great for taking kids fishing, but their spines are wicked.

 

They aren't bad eating, but like smallmouth in my neck of the woods, they are usually very wormy.

You are probably right on that. I don’t eat fish for the most part but my dealings with them have been in creeks with better quality water conditions out in my area. 

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They are taking over many fisheries in the East.

I was at a tournament last year and Fish and Game asked us to kill or take as many as we could.......

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I think its an embarrassment to call this fish a "bass."  Think about it when comparing it to largemouth or smallmouth.  They're like that distant ugly loser cousin that no one is proud of.

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12 minutes ago, gimruis said:

I think its an embarrassment to call this fish a "bass."  Think about it when comparing it to largemouth or smallmouth.  They're like that distant ugly loser cousin that no one is proud of.

Do you have any idea as to how big the largest one caught is? 

 

I have no idea? Just curious. 

14 hours ago, NHBull said:

They are taking over many fisheries in the East.

I was at a tournament last year and Fish and Game asked us to kill or take as many as we could.......

Even though I’ve caught some over the years on Panther Martins and Trout Magnets I’m not too sure these fish like to hit lures. Seem like you could clean up on them with live bait. 

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3 minutes ago, Spankey said:

Do you have any idea as to how big the largest one caught is? 

 

I have no idea? Just curious. 

 

I am not sure about the world record rocky.  The state record in Minnesota is 2.0 pounds even.

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1 minute ago, gimruis said:

 

I am not sure about the world record rocky.  The state record in Minnesota is 2.0 pounds even.

That’s pretty dang big for a fish like that. 

 

Only for it to hit as hard as it did and on the hook set to flounder out like reeling in a piece of loose leaf paper. 

 

But maybe bigger ones act differently but most likely not. 

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2 hours ago, Spankey said:

Do you have any idea as to how big the largest one caught is? 

 

I have no idea? Just curious. 

Even though I’ve caught some over the years on Panther Martins and Trout Magnets I’m not too sure these fish like to hit lures. Seem like you could clean up on them with live bait. 

Indiana  holds the world record of 3 lbs. caught by a 7 yr. old in 1969. Seems this species doesn't get much love around this forum. They're some of my fondest childhood memories when I would camp and fish on creek banks with my dad. I find them to be quite aggressive and decent fighters in the creeks I fish. Don't recall anything different from other fish as far as making a mess.

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6 hours ago, The Bassman said:

Indiana  holds the world record of 3 lbs. caught by a 7 yr. old in 1969. Seems this species doesn't get much love around this forum. They're some of my fondest childhood memories when I would camp and fish on creek banks with my dad. I find them to be quite aggressive and decent fighters in the creeks I fish. Don't recall anything different from other fish as far as making a mess.

I would love to see a 3 lb. version of that fish. One thing I do like about them is the color and how some of their fins are trimmed out in off white and yellowish color.

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