Sunfish (bream) are favorite panfish for millions of freshwater anglers. Although they are usually easy to locate and catch, at times these fish can be a challenge for anglers. Having an arsenal of techniques will increase the odds of success. To insure a good catch of sunfish, experiment with these proven tactics:
- Fish the early morning. In some locations the bite can be incredible during the first hour of daylight.
- Cast as close as possible to structure such as stumps, cypress trees, overhanging limbs.
- Target areas of water flow (springs, culverts, dams, channels, tidal rips).
- Watch for seasonal food sources and adjust fishing techniques to exploit changing behavior.
- Use ultralight outfits, cane poles or fly fishing gear to present small natural baits to wary fish.
- Try fishing for sunfish with a kayak. Fishing kayaks allow fishermen to explore areas that are impossible to reach using conventional boats.
- Wear polarized eyewear to help spot fish, structure and bottom features
- Keep essential fishing equipment available including line cutters, pliers, camera, etc.
- Keep a journal, noting time of day, weather conditions, barometric pressure, moon phase, water levels, etc.