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    Question for you southern guys

    What's a bream ? Always read about you all fishing for them , I googled a pic and got conflicting pictures some they show bluegill and other assorted sunfish/pan fish and some pics show a different kind of fish it still panfish like in shape . Sorta looks like a Virginia spot but freshwater of course . Do you guys just call all pan fish bream?or what exactly is it ? I know we don't have them up here in Pa.

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    RU shooter,

    At least in Northeast TX, where I was born & raised, "bream" are any members of the perch family that are called SUNFISH, except white/black crappie.

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    I think it's a general term for sunfish......at least here in SC, folks will use 'bream' to describe species such as redear, warmouth, pumpkinseed, etc.
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    In Arkansas bluegill bream sunfish are all used interchangeable.


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    in texas, bluegills/sunfish are considered bream. In other states I think its an actual fish. Also, we call them "perch" but they ain't the same yellow perch ice fisherman catch.
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    Got it thanks , yeah nothing like the yellow perch we have up here they sorta look like a walleyes smaller cousin . But just as tasty
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    Itís brim around here. Never seen bream that I recall.
    All names for the same little bluegill, perch ...whatever.

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    Same here in Mississippi. Perch family, bluegill, sun perch, chinquapin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nines&Twos View Post
    It’s brim around here. Never seen bream that I recall.
    All names for the same little bluegill, perch ...whatever.
    Maybe I'm just mis spelling or mis pronouncing the name ?? Probably the same I'm sure . Like calling a creek a "crick" like we do in western Pa.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nines&Twos View Post
    It’s brim around here. Never seen bream that I recall.
    All names for the same little bluegill, perch ...whatever.
    brim/bream just depends on the pronunciation, same fish
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    Quote Originally Posted by texasnative46 View Post
    RU shooter,

    At least in Northeast TX, where I was born & raised, "bream" are any members of the perch family that are called SUNFISH, except white/black crappie.
    In South and Central TX, what he said (but we say "brim").

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    It’s all trivial, location specific slang.

    I was in my mid 20’s before I ever heard the word venison. I thought then, what tha ‘ell is a venison? What a stupid name for deer meat. LOL!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nines&Twos View Post
    It’s brim around here. Never seen bream that I recall.
    All names for the same little bluegill, perch ...whatever.
    Yep, brim. Lots of bones but tasty.

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    We also have a hybrid bream called a red ear. Itís got a red dot on the gills. Sort of a super size bream.
    Mmm mmmmm good


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    Derek P Houston; sparkyv,

    Oddly enough, I've found BOTH spellings in TPWD & AGRILIFE documents for the same group of panfish, that we Texicans also call "perch".
    (As far as I know, we have NO yellow perch in TX, other than in some aquariums. - Like the big aquarium at Fair Park in Dallas.)

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    Bream is any small fish that resembles sun fish/ pan fish that is to small to eat but big enough for bait.
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    Quote Originally Posted by texasnative46 View Post
    RU shooter,

    At least in Northeast TX, where I was born & raised, "bream" are any members of the perch family that are called SUNFISH, except white/black crappie.

    yours, tex
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    buckwheatpaul,

    Fwiw, I do NOT eat brim/bream. Instead, I use them for trotline & set-hook bait for catfish.
    (Flatheads love them & they stay alive for quite some time, IF you handle them carefully. = The biggest yellow-cat that I ever saw/caught was hooked on a "limb line" baited with a BIG red-ear. )

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    Last edited by texasnative46; 03-29-2018 at 07:08 PM. Reason: typo

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