When I went fishing today at a local pond, I was in for a shock. I started the day with a cast with my dry fly and a-just-a bubble rig off the pier, when, suddenly, I got a bite from a good sized sunfish. Nothing out of the ordinary, just a sunfish. I catch them all the time. As I reeled it in, a very nice (big) sized bass swam after it and tried to suck it into it's massive mouth. I quickly pulled the sunfish in, in an effort to avoid it from being eaten. Aften that, I pretty much knew where the bass was, so I tied on a texas-rigged plastic worm my other fishing rod and tried to finesse it out of the weedy cover it was underneath. The fish didn't even give it a passing glance. I then tied on several other lures to see if they'd get a strike. No such luck. I was almost at the point of giving up when I decided to try one more thing. I caught a small sunfish (5 or 6 inches) with my a-just-a bubble setup and hooked it through the lip with hook tied onto my other rod. With a swift flick of my wrist, I flipped it to the spot where I last saw the bass. I jerked the sunfish around for a minute or two before the fish struck. Instictively, I set the hook, but my knot failed.
After that I changed locations, but I didn't catch anything bigger than five inches. Before it was time to leave, I decided to go try to catch that bass again. I flipped my sunfish out to the area where I thought the bass was and, within a few seconds, I had I had hooked it. I battled the fish and manuvered it through the thick surface vegetation as well as I possibly could, but the line managed to snap. Fortunately, it snapped in an area where it was still within reach. I grabbed the line and dragged the fish on to shore. When I looked carefully at the fish, I was surprised to see that it still had both sunfish still lodged in its mouth. These weren't little sunfish either. Bother were around 6 inches long. One of which was even still alive. I took a few photos of the fish before releasing it. It's amazing how that fish hadn't even swallowed the one fish before attacking another.
(please note both sunfish in the photo above)