One of the lesser-known, and the least occurring panfish in the Carolinas is one that many anglers never catch or even lay eyes on. Many have never even heard of it. And of those who have caught one, many of them shrug at the sight and chalk them up as a strange looking bream. The flier (Centrarchus macropterus) exists sparingly in both states, but can be found in big numbers in certain bodies of water.
The warmouth sunfish is an often misidentified species of the panfish family. They are distinguished from other panfish by their larger mouths and the horizontal facial lines that run away from their mouths. […]
The bowfin, whose more common name is mudfish, is a close relative of the gar. Its stout body and long dorsal fin, which covers almost three-quarters the length of its body, give the fish a snaky or eel-like appearance. It has a rounded tail and can range in color from light green, dark green, to black with mottling, depending on diet and quality of the water in which it swims.
The redbreast sunfish is one of the most colorful panfish in the Carolinas. While this species can be found in both North and South Carolina, it’s not found in as many places as its more populous cousin, the bluegill.