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TenkaraBum Challenge - Orangespotted Sunfish
by Levi Cain
(Blanchard, OK, USA)
size 30 Black Killer Bugger
A true Orangespotted Sunfish this time, the other one I had posted was a misidentified juvenile Longear Sunfish.
I tried to spend the day fishing for gar, carpsuckers and buffalo but caught nothing but sunfish. They were so thick where I happened to be fishing that I couldn't even get my fly to drop 2 feet to the bottom where a large school of small channel catfish were schooling before a sunfish would take my fly. Needless to say I called it quits and started walking back upstream, to head home.
While I was wading upstream I passed an old tree stump in the water that had around a dozen tiny sunfish all around its roots. Curious if any of those sunfish were Orangespotted sunfish, I pulled out my Miyako rod, which was still rigged with a makeshift casting line made from 80lb braided fishing line and attached a size 30 Black Killer Bugger fly.
Working the fly around the roots, I was able to catch a few juvenile bluegill right off the bat but kept fishing the hole anyway just in case there was an orangespot in there as well. Then JACKPOT, a small female Orangespotted sunfish slammed the fly and I quickly landed it. After taking a few pics of it next to the rod. I took a few of it in a photo tank and released.
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