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Updated: 07/05/2018 08:30:00AM

Saltwater panfish

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By Capt. Josh Olive

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Fishermen have a strong tendency to brag about the size of their catches. Often, it seems to be a competition, with every man trying to convince the other boys on the boat — and the girls back at the dock — that his is the biggest. (I wonder what Freud would say about that.)

While it’s certainly true that big ones can be a lot of fun (we’re still talking fish here, OK?), the truth is that most of our catches are on the smaller side. Even in the deep waters of the Gulf, we usually send more shorts back to the bottom than the number of keepers we put on ice. In both salt and fresh waters, panfish are all around.

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