For many of us, especially those who started at an early age, the sunfish was our fishing world. It was often our first fish and our first love in the sport. Usually easy to catch with a worm and a bobber at the local pond, they fought harder than anything that small had a right to.
As we grew up and replaced our Zebco reels and Ted Williams Signature rods from the True Value hardware store with rods and reels from the fly shop, too many of us replaced the sunfish with the pursuit of other species. Nothing against the other species, but the sunfish deserves better.
Below is a link to an article by Dave and Emily Whitlock that first reminisces about fishing for sunnies and ends with how to fish for them. As a refresher or as an introduction to sunfish, it’s well worth the time to read.