4. Fish for Panfish
There are few fish more worthy of respect than the panfish—the catch-all term for bluegills, bream, crappies, pumpkinseeds, and other freshwater species of their ilk. They’re the All-American fish: adaptable, spirited, unpretentious, ubiquitous. They not only thrive almost anywhere—farm ponds, lakes, creeks, golf-course water hazards—but they’re also seldom unwilling to bite. Any kid with a Zebco can catch a pile of them, sure.
But I don’t know a diehard fly bum who doesn’t enjoy hooking a big bluegill on a popper. The panfish’s greatest appeal, though, is that it’s perfectly sized for the skillet, and, for my money, few fish make for a better golden-fried summer treat. — T. Edward Nickens
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