Sunday, September 07, 2008
New NC Green Sunfish Record - 1 Pound 14 Ounces
When Wake county angler Sean Vanderburg hooke d this fishe he thought he had a largemouth bass on the line. Instead to his surprise he had a new North Carolina State Record Sunfish. That my friends makes for a big fish sandwhich.
Vanderburg, an avid hunter as well as fisherman, says he fishes this pond quite a bit, which is located on the same property where he hunts. He catches mostly smallish largemouth bass, and the occasional bluegill. On this particular day, he thought he had hooked a nice-size largemouth bass, maybe a 4-pounder, and was shocked to find what he thought might be a pumpkinseed — albeit a giant one — dangling on the end of the line.
“I’d never seen a sunfish that big before, so I had a little freak-out moment,” Vanderburg said. After he pulled himself together, he began calling friends to see what the state records were for all the sunfish species found in North Carolina. He then contacted Corey Oakley, a fisheries biologist with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, to find out exactly what he had reeled in.
Link the the NCWRC press release. Photo from the release.