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How to fish for Pumpkinseed Sunfish

Pumpkinseed Sunfish are native to northeastern North America, from New Brunswick to South Carolina but it has been introduced elsewhere in North America as well as throughout much of Europe. Pumpkinseed Sunfish can reach a length of about 12 inches but most angler caught fish are 6 inches or less.
Pumpkinseed Sunfish can be found in still warm waters with abundant vegetation. They seem to prefer weedy, warm water lakes and ponds using weed patches, docks, and logs for cover and usually staying close to shore. Pumpkinseed Sunfish can also be present in calm pools of rivers. Pumpkinseed Sunfish feed on aquatic and terrestrial insects, mollusks, small fish, and occasionally small pieces of aquatic vegetation.
The best time to catch Pumpkinseed Sunfish is early in the morning and in the evening, although they can be caught any time of the day. Fishing for Pumpkinseed Sunfish can be extremely easy. Most anglers use a shorter (4 to 5 foot) light or ultra-light action rod with matching spin-casting reel spooled with 4 to 6 pound test monofilament line. Set up your line with a bobber, small hook and a piece of worm. Besides worms you can use insects, prepared bait and cut bait. A small spinner cast at the edge of weeds can also produce bites from these Sunfish.


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