Figure 1. Largemouth bass is one of the most popular gamefish but requires large numbers of prey for good growth. Credits: Duane Raver Jr. Figure 2. Bluegill provides food for largemouth bass and is a good pan fish. Credits: Duane Raver Jr.
The sunfish family belongs to the order Perciformes. There are 27 species, including pumpkinseed, redear, warmouth, redbreast, longear, spotted, and green, as well as rock bass, crappie and bluegill. Fish in this group may also be called perch, bream or brim. All members of the sunfish family are nest-building carnivores.
The redear sunfish (Lepomis microlophus, also known as the shellcracker, Georgia bream, cherry gill, chinquapin, improved bream, rouge ear sunfish and sun perch) is a freshwater fish in the Centrarchidae family and is native to the southeastern United States.