Help me identify this fish!!!

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  1. OPERATOR STINGRAY

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    So I was walking at my local trails. There is a sizable creek that runs through it. I saw this fish and thought it was a bluegill. The more I looked at it, I realized it was definitely not a bluegill. It was the same length as a good sized bluegill bit it was slender. It had a blue body with a vit of red towards the tail and a slightly brighter blue head. The dorsal fin looked very much like that of smaller cichlid species and had a thin area of white at the tips of the dorsal fin.

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    green sunfish
     
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    It wasnt a green sunfish. I grew up catching those and Id know immediately if it was. Color was different and the body profile was WAY different
     
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    Sure as hell looks like one.. catch I and I think you would see
     
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    Blue patternless body with a bright blue head? Ive never seen any sunfish like that. They always have SOME pattern and this had none. I am going again tomorrow with a rod and reel. I will try and get a better pic
     
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    Get it. Looks ready to feed...
     
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    Ill try! It looks like a fish you would see in a tropical fish tank
     
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    Looks like a green sunfish to me too, the ones I've caught are blue in the neck and have blue spots dotted on their body with red spots on their tail occasionally from parasite or injury perhaps. The slender profile also fits them.
     
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    Yes. I am well aware what a green sunfish looks like. There were no blue dots. Just straight blue. This is kinda what it looked like but without the stripes and a bit darker

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    Green sunfish... Or at least that's what others tell me here. Probably hybridized with bluegills.

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    Body color is totally different
     
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    That was my thought before I opened this post. Lol.
     
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    I too think it is a Greenie, but he ain't havin' it, so Midshipman it is!
     
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    Don’t know nuth’n about those kind of fish. Now if you run across a koi I may be able to help. Heard someone caught a pike north of Martinez Lake on the Colorado River last year.
     
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    Bad sign, if true...
     
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    funny... The picture doesnt do it justice. I stared at this thing for almost a whole hour. I know without a doubt that its not a greenie. I grew up in Washington state catching greenies and just about any other sunfish you could think of. Ive caught many hybrids even and have never seen anything like this. This picture is the best one to go by for ID

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    From the top, looks just like the ones a mile from my house, lol
     
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    fwiw before you edited it a second ago, the original first head on picture sorta looked like a couple types of oscars I've seen. They've been caught in our waters occasionally. The rest of the pics all looked very green sunfish to me though.

    Given that it's near the surface, maybe it's some sort of oscar or other type of cichlid that someone dumped from their tank that is now sick from being in an incompatible environment. I've never seen a gsf hang out near the surface, even with the cover of brush like that. That said, still looks like a pretty normal gsf from the other pictures. Their colors vary pretty heavily.
     
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    I agree that, the other pics make it look like a greenie but those pictures where a bad example if what it truly looked like. The water tint made it hard to get a good pic. I will do some research and let you know if I find what it was.
     
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