Bluegill – A Tasty Panfish Bluegill is a special species of fish that thrive on fresh water. They are usually referred as copper nose, bream or even brim. The specie largely represents the sunfish family of Centrarchidae. The fish has a fine lining of bright colored blue edging throughout the gills edge. Habitat of bluegill These species if fish are known as panfish. They are found in the fresh water bodies and streams across the eastern section of Rocky Mountains throughout the region of coastal Virginia, right up to Florida. In the western sphere, they cover the area from Texas and northern section of Mexico. Apart from these, the species of fish is also found in western areas of New York and even northern and western Minnesota. However, presently bluegill is also being harvested in various regions across the globe, including South Africa, South America, Asia, Oceania and even Europe. The fish is accustomed to tolerate and survive in water bodies with 1.8 per cent salinity. Advanced sensory systems • • •
lateral line system – to sense pressure difference and water vibrations better eyesight for scavenging advanced pharynx to suck prey
Adapting qualities Bluegills are highly effective to travel at high speeds and even initiate changing course and direction rapidly. They follow a much synchronized movement of fins to make swift and accurate travel and changing direction. The dorsal fins, pectoral fins and caudal fins help in forward movement, while the notched caudal fin helps in generating acceleration in order to travel faster. The species of fish has stronger muscles for abducting fins, which is highly responsible for accelerating high momentum in their movement. This makes Bluegill fishing a bit difficult.
Slender body structure allows lesser friction, thereby increasing speed by cutting through the water body. Their flexible and comparatively large pectoral fins help to decrease acceleration within moments. They are highly skillful to initiate quick maneuvers in order to escape predators. However, catching these fishes in larger quantity is possible by placing bluegill lures as bait. Various bluegill lures like leeches, worms, crickets and even grubs are used as baits to catch this species of fish. For more information click on the link bluegill lures.