I know the forums have been quiet, and I myself haven't been feeling too well, but I thought that maybe for development purposes I could post up another fish species that is native to the South and from what I understand is a fun fish to catch (aren't they all though?
). I'll also have to ad in a note, because this one gets EASILY confused with others:Redeye Bass
The Redeye bass (Micropterus coosae) is a species of freshwater fish in the sunfish family (Centrarchidae) native to the Coosa River system of Georgia, Alabama. The waters it is normally found in are cool streams and rivers in the foothills of mountains. The upper jaw (maxilla) extends to the back of the eye, which is usually red. There are dark bars on the side, which fade to lighter color in the center.
Growing to a maximum reported overall length of 47 cm (19 in), the redeye bass is one of the smaller black basses. The probable world record for Redeye bass is 5 lb 2.5 oz (2.34 kg) from Lake Jocassee in South Carolina. Many Redeye bass world record listings, especially those over 5 lb (2.3 kg) are actually records for the shoal bass (Micropterus cataractae) which was commonly called Redeye bass.
Its main food tends to be insects.
The rock bass (Ambloplites rupestris), a distinct species of Centrarchid, is sometimes called the redeye or redeye bass.
As noted above, the redeye bass is commonly mistaken for shoal bass and rock bass, sometimes even smallmouth bass. For those unfamiliar with the fish, and if you decide to take it on, I can help in finding good caught pictures for you, because it is very easy to mistake other fish for the redeye bass. Its one of those regional things. Even here in New York, I've heard Rock Bass referred to as "Redeyes". Here are some pics just to compare:
These are Rock Bass, NOT Redeye Bass. If it looks more like a panfish than a bass, its a Rock Bass. Good little pointer.
Another one commonly confused for Redeyes, the Shoal Bass:
A big thing to note, Redeye Bass' fins have a reddish tint to them with a whiteish outline, as the Shoal Bass does not:
Once again, if whomever decides to take this one on, if you need or want help with the caught pics, do not hesitate to ask me, for I know this one can easily be confused.