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A Guide To Florida Fishing:
Large-Mouthed Black Bass
Crappie Or Speckled Perch
Bluegill Or Bream
Red-Breasted Sun Fish
Warmouth Perch Or Rock Bass
Pickerel Or Jackfish
Salt-Water Trout (Spotter Weakfish)
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Warmouth Perch Or Rock Bass

Usually found in deep, quiet pools in streams and lakes and around bridges, piling, pond lilies and other vegetation in ponds and lakes, the Warmouth is a favorite more with the "still fishermen." Having red eyes, they are olive green on back and bear a greenish tinge with yellow on the sides; yellowish white to white on the belly; member of the sunfish family.

Other popular local names: Bream, Yellow-Belly Perch, GoggleEye, Redeye, Sunfish or Sun Perch.

Average weight: 1/2 to 3/4 pound; known to have been taken with tackle up to 2 1/2 pounds.

A panfish of extraordinarily high food value, the Warmouth feeds on worms, minnows, crawfish and flies, and is frequently caught by black bass fishermen on the smaller lures, flies and spoons.

Tackle and methods: For this fish you may use the kind of tackle you used as a boy. A simple bamboo pole with a bobber or not as you prefer, and a small sinker to keep the line and number 2 to 5 Carlisle hook within easy reach of the perch. For bait, small minnows or even small pork rinds are successful. Lacking these, dig up a juicy old-fashioned worm or find a palatable insect suitable for concealing the point of your hook.

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