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Georgia Resident Reels in New State Record Green Sunfish!

State Record Green Sunfish

Jeff Sumner with his Green Sunfish

Angler Jeff Sumner of Lenox (Cook County) had more than just a great day of fishing in a private pond February 25, 2006 – he managed to catch a new state record! Sumner reeled in a 1 lb. 7 oz., 11-inch green sunfish, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division (WRD). The most recent state record for a green sunfish was a 1 lb. 4 oz. fish caught in Franklin County in 2004.

“It is always exciting for anyone to reel in a state record and this reminds us that Georgia is such a fantastic place for anglers because there are so many fishing opportunities and resources available,” says WRD Fisheries Management Chief Chuck Coomer. “We hope that the recognition of this new state record will inspire experienced and novice anglers to get out and fish at any one of Georgia’s numerous lakes and rivers. You might not catch a new state record, but odds are you will still have a great day of fishing.”

Green sunfish (Lepomis cyanellus) are members of the sunfish family, which includes bass and bream. They are more thick-bodied than other sunfish and are a bluish-green color with emerald and yellow iridescence on their cheeks. Their belly is yellow to white and they have black earflaps with a white to yellow/orange margin. Typically they live in ponds and slow moving pools in streams and rivers. They are very tolerant of a wide range of environmental conditions. Green sunfish will eat anything they can catch and swallow.

Because of their highly predatory nature they are one of the easiest fish to catch and will readily bite on small worms and insects. However, most fish that are routinely caught are not very large. Green sunfish rarely exceed 6-7 inches in length and a typical weight (for Georgia) is less than one-half pound. The world record weight is 2 pounds, two ounces from Missouri and Kansas (tie).


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