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after the crucial down pour at Burke Lake

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Went out Sunday morning to Burke Lake hoping for a good day of fishing and ended up only boating a couple keepers and 1 huge 1.5lbs bluegill. 2 of 3 LMB caught on a bomber FFS deep diver in about 12ft water just at the shade line, same thing this monster blue gill decided it would take a whack at!! The other hawg was caught on a ike shaky head with berkly power bait 7" shakeyhead worm in red shad. It hit so light but held so tight it felt like I was hung between rock, I pop the line a couple time to try and free the jig head and she takes off towards deep water. I set the hook and up she came leaping 2-3 feet out of water. 5 massive leaps later and the hook decides it wants to be straightened out an off she goes.

Well fast forward to this beautiful tuesday afternoon, I get off work at 5pm and the sky is clear a couple of lingering clouds and 92f, drive 6 miles down the road and the sky becomes black. Well there goes fishing, Im not risking it. I get home and look at the radar and its supposed to pass over quick but be very heavy down pours and lots of lightning. So I mess with my fish tanks and wait it out to see if i can get out before its pitch black and cold. By 730pm the storm had passed and I was itching to go throw line. So off I went with 2 bags o worms(7" shakeyheads, 10" powerworm both in red shad)and a package of ike shakey heads(1/4oz black tungsten). Parked in the main lot and walked down to the boat launch and tossed my shakeyhead in a few times and almost every cast nice 1.5lbers, totaled out six at the boat launch. Decided I take a tosses of the end of the boat dock but threw a 10" powerworm on anticipating for a biggin and not 4 turns of the reel and wham, drag starts screaming. I give a good tug to turn the fish torwards me and the fight was on I faught this fish for nearly 15min(with drag set tight enough to cut into skin if pulled)she made at least 10 runs at deep water. This by far is the largest bass Ive seen pulled out of this lake in 10 years. I wish I had brought a scale and better camera. Note the boards in this pic are 2x6. For reference I took pic next to my shoe which is size 10.5!! Also check out the monster blue gill 14" long and 2" thick at the head, a mouth like SMB.

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Wow, congratulations.  I've fished Burke a few times over the years and never had much success.  Good to see there actually are decent fish in there.

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Nice! Thats not a bluegill though. Its a Red Ear Sunfish. We call them Shellcrackers around here.

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Blue gill and sunfish are the same. Both are Lepomis speices, they all have the spot on their face/ear its called an opercular flap. And actually its probably a hybrid sunfish as red ears during spawning, the margin of the male's gill cover flap turns bright red. This guys has no red lots of blue.

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Cato is right its a Red Ear Sunfish (we call em shellcrackers) its a different species than a Bluegill, they also get alot larger than Bluegill.

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Its a Red Ear.

Blue Gill (Lepomis macrochirus):

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Red Ear (Lepomis microlophus):

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Here is a Blue Gill, in a similar predicament as the fish pictured above, LOL:

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Blue gill and sunfish are the same. Both are Lepomis speices, they all have the spot on their face/ear its called an opercular flap. And actually its probably a hybrid sunfish as red ears during spawning, the margin of the male's gill cover flap turns bright red. This guys has no red lots of blue.

No, not the same. They are two different species which means they do not cross breed. If you have found a crossbreed of a redear and a bluegill you might want to send it to your fishing commision. That would be one in a million shot.

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BTW you sure that redear even went a pound? This is a 1.5 pound crappie:

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Nice catchin' son.

Next time be on the safe side and call all of those panfish Bream pronounced Brim...that's what we do down here and nobody can tell you your wrong.

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Nice fish, especially for Burke.

^ what he said! Burke is very tough. Nice work man.

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positive it was 1.5 lbs the bait hes attacked to is almost 4" long . Both the redear and bluegill are all in the sunfish family hence the genius name lepomis. Just an fyi fish from the same genius can spawn with each other. Ive been breeding fish for about 15 years personally, and many spieces do it in nature as well. Check out this web page for any non believers. its scientifically proven the will hybridize!!

http://www.genetics.org/cgi/reprint/108/1/237.pdf

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Blue gill and sunfish are the same

Wha?!?! Bluegill are definitely different than red-ear sunfish, or green sunfish for that matter....or pumpkinseeds, or redbreast sunfish.

btw, that is a nice bass, dude. Burke is a tough lake. I wonder why those fish were so close to the boat launch. I can't remember seeing any sort of structure or cover near there that would hold fish. But then again, I haven't fished there in probably two or three years...

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I will alway be a skeptic. lol

Skeptic or not, its well known and well documented through peer reviewed research that the smaller members of the sunfish family readily hybridize with each.  For that matter, all closely related members of the sunfish family will hybridize with each.

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I will alway be a skeptic. lol

Skeptic or not, its well known and well documented through peer reviewed research that the smaller members of the sunfish family readily hybridize with each. For that matter, all closely related members of the sunfish family will hybridize with each.

yeah but don't bullsh#&t with me, that is very rare. Unless your lake is "the SHIRE" my man. They don't seek each other out to breed. Thats a fact. I will leave the weirdos to you.

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Blue gill and sunfish are the same

Wha?!?! Bluegill are definitely different than red-ear sunfish, or green sunfish for that matter....or pumpkinseeds, or redbreast sunfish.

btw, that is a nice bass, dude. Burke is a tough lake. I wonder why those fish were so close to the boat launch. I can't remember seeing any sort of structure or cover near there that would hold fish. But then again, I haven't fished there in probably two or three years...

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I will alway be a skeptic. lol

Skeptic or not, its well known and well documented through peer reviewed research that the smaller members of the sunfish family readily hybridize with each. For that matter, all closely related members of the sunfish family will hybridize with each.

yeah but don't bullsh#&t with me, that is very rare. Unless your lake is "the SHIRE" my man. They don't seek each other out to breed. Thats a fact. I will leave the weirdos to you.

LOL!  Actually its very common.  Whether or not they actually seek each other out is something only they know, and last time I asked I didnt understand what the fish told me.    :D

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