My panfish compulsion wouldn’t be so bad if these fish weren’t so cool looking. I find myself mystified, hypnotized and completely amazed by these fish.
A few of these “super pans” were beefy enough to get a quick measurement. Even though I am not a big fan of “fish on the ground” shots, this one was subjected to a little green carpet on one side.
“Sorry ‘bout that lil fish buddy.” I said getting in a quick photo with the tape and release. “Just want to show these folks how ##$%^ awesome you are!”
A few pans were over 8-inches and some were nearly topping the 9’s. 10’s and above are very impressive but this pond tends to set the limit at 10-inches. This may be due to smaller lake size (it is a pond really). Population numbers are kept in check by the predator base ie largemouth bass. Catfish and even carp also keep these finned works of art stabilized in an area that is difficult to reach thus keeping down the take pressure. All of this combined creates an amazing opportunity for super sized panfish. These are the brood fish and a key part of the ecosystem as they provide a steady food supply for bass and other species. Taking out the common size slot and releasing the super pans is more ideal.
I have more photos and some video footage that I hope to roll up into a video montage for later posting. How awesome are these fish!?!
My name is Matt and I’m a fishaholic.