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Florida Fish Species

Alligator Gar
American Eel
American Shad
Atlantic Croaker
Atlantic Sharpnose Shark
Black Bullhead
Black Crappie
Black Drum
Blue Catfish
Blue Tilapia
Brown Bullhead
Brown Hoplo
Chain Pickerel
Channel Catfish
Clown Knifefish
Common Carp
Flathead Catfish
Florida Gar
Gizzard Shad
Golden Shiner
Grass Carp
Green Sunfish
Hybrid Striped Bass(wiper/palmetto)
Inland Silverside
Lake Chubsucker
Largemouth Bass
Longnose Gar
Longnose Sucker
Mayan Cichlid
Mozambique Tilapia
Peacock Bass
Red Drum
Redbreast Sunfish
Redear Sunfish
Redfin Pickerel
Redspotted Sunfish
Shoal Bass
Spotted Bass
Spotted Sunfish
Spotted Tilapia
Striped Bass
Striped Mullet
Suckermouth Catfish
Sunfish (Bream)
Suwannee Bass
Threadfin Shad
White Bass
White Catfish
Yellow Bullhead

Lakes with Redbreast Sunfish on FishExplorer
Lake Apopka
Lake Arbuckle
Lake Ariana
Lake Beauclair
Lake Buffum
Lake Carlton
Cat Lake
Lake Clinch
Lake Conlin
Crews Lake

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Redbreast Sunfish
Redbreast sunfish occur naturally along the Atlantic Coast and across southern Georgia and northern Florida to the Chattahoochee River. They tend to be more of a cool river species, but also inhabit fresh water lakes. Introductions have been made as far west as Louisiana and Western Texas.  They tend to prefer areas with shadows and holes around submerged rocks or overhanging banks.
Redbreasts run from olive to brownish shades along the back, changing to blues and gold down the side turning to a bright orange/yellow belly. There are generally several bluish stripes on the cheeks and gill covers. Its gill flap is one of the longest of all sunfish and may exceed an inch in length.  Typically, these fish don’t much exceed eight inches, although specimens to twelve inches have occurred.  Life expectancy is five to six years.
Spawning occurs when water temperatures reach the upper 60’s in the spring.  Nests in shallow water are built by the males over a sand/gravel substrate.  Female release their adhesive eggs, and leave the male to guard and fan the eggs.  A typical clutch size is around 2000.  Most Redbreasts are sexually productive by their second year.
These sunfish have one of the more varied diets among all sunfish.  Aquatic insects, such as mayflies and dragonfly larvae make up the bulk of the sunfish’s die. However, being an opportunistic feeder, they will readily eat small fishes, snails, crayfish, and mollusks.  Making them a ready and willing player for anglers.

Redbreast Sunfish in Florida

The following is courtesy of Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission:
Appearance:  A very long black ear flap distinguishes this fish from other Florida bream.
Habitat:  Also known as river bream and redbellies, these are the flowing water cousins of bluegill. Redbellies often can be found in backwater areas with less flow, especially where there are sandy bottoms. Common in rivers of north Florida, but absent from south Florida.
Behavior:  The redbreast's diet is probably the most varied of any of the sunfishes. Principal food organisms are bottom-dwelling insect larvae, snails, clams, shrimp, crayfish, and small fish. Compared to some sunfish, redbreasts grow slowly. Redbreast reach six inches in about two to three years.
State Record:  2.08 lbs. Big Catch: 10 inches total length or 0.75 lbs.
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Recent Florida Redbreast Sunfish Photos by Fish Explorer Members
by Shwing - A male, I believe, Red Breasted Sunfish caught and released at Shingle Creek in Kissimmee, FL. Bait used was chicken liver on a small live bait hook with 10 pound test monofilament line. A gorgeous fish with a medley of iridescent colors.