Re: NANFA-- more sunfish spawning [long]

Bruce Stallsmith (
Tue, 12 Feb 2002 16:24:54 -0500

>I use hornwort as a surface floater (also cuts down on algae by blocking
>light.) This gives my guppy fry a place to hide so they don't get eaten
>immediately. Last summer my pumpkin seed sunfish has flake food as a
>staple, and grasshoppers, flies, crickets and anything elsy my kids would
>throw in. Fingers and toes would be nibbled if they went in. The sunfish
>were very agressive. They ate all my smaller shiners, most chubb and lots
>of my green eel young.
Pumpkinseeds are amazingly aggressive and opportunistic for food, much more
so than bluegills or longears because they have larger mouths and more
powerful pharyngeal jaws. If you're in New Brunswick, would the pumpkinseeds
spawn before late May at the earliest? I know that in eastern Massachusetts
pumpkinseeds don't start spawning until early May and more typically well
into June. They're still one of my fave fish, both because they look good
and also they have interesting life features and behaviors.

--Bruce Stallsmith
Huntsville, AL, US of A
(no pumpkinseeds here, too far south!)

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