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Season's Best of Show

by Alan Luecke
(Kansas City, MO)

Bleeding Shiner in full regalia

Bleeding Shiner in full regalia

Bleeding Shiner in full regalia Striped Shiner Redear Sunfish Size 22 Bead Head Killer Bugger, slayer of shiners

I've had some great trips and excellent fishing this year, but my hopes of really mastering the local shiners and other micros was frustrated by the heavy rains in the spring and through most of the summer. This fall as things have dried out I've gotten back to some of the places that were so productive during the Killer Bugger Challenge last year. Alas, no new species but I caught several excellent examples of some previous types.

Brush Creek in the Birdsong CA is full of fish and mostly full of Bleeding Shiners. This guy is the king of the hill in full breeding colors and too big for the photo tank.

This nice sized shiner looked much more solid silver than it does in the photo. I think it's a Striped Shiner. I've caught them there before. I was just excited it wasn't another bleeding shiner. Sounds like I'm complaining in a British pub.

This is the second Redear sunfish I've caught and the only one I got a picture of. I spent every spare moment for a week last year trying to get one of these for the Challenge to no avail. It was fitting that I caught it on a Black Killer Bugger. I've since learned that Redears look down when they hunt while Bluegill look up. You've got to put it on the bottom.

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Nov 16, 2015
RE: Season's Best of Show
by: Paul Vertrees

I really enjoy reading your updates! Your pursuit of micros is fun!

Nov 16, 2015
Thank you.
by: Alan Luecke

Thanks Paul. I enjoy your dispatches from the "stomping grounds".

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