Sunshine bass were first produced in Florida by state
hatcheries, and all sunshines are still produced and stocked. This
is because they are a hybrid of a female white bass and male
striped bass that does not occur naturally. Sunshines often have
broken stripes on the front half and straight lines on the rear
half of the body.
Sunshines occur where they are stocked by the FWC--typically in
community lakes or waters with an abundance of shad.
Sunshines are voracious feeders and consume any kind of small
fish including threadfin and gizzard shad. Young fish also feed on
mayflies and crustaceans. Sunshines travel and feed in schools with
peak activity in early morning or evening.
16.31 lbs. Big Catch: 24 inches or 7.0 lbs.
Fishing Tips and Facts:
Live threadfin or shrimp are by far the most effective bait for sunshine bass. Artificial lures such as crankbaits, bucktail or feathered jigs, spinners and spoons also do well.
Image Credit: Duane Raver, Jr.