Holy Mackrel, what a day! It's after 11 and I just got in, I've been fishing Caesar's Creek since 9am, and sorry to say, I got my rear end skunked! Around 7:30 this evening, my son Jake caught this critter about 6 feet from the bank in 12-foot-or-so-water on a night crawler. It weighed 2 pounds 10 ounces. The question is, what the heck is it? It looked like a sunfish on steroids, except for that huge jelly- like eyeball. The spines on it's dorsal fins were quite intimidating, and he fought like hell to the bank. I wanted to keep it to do further research, (that's mom talk for "cut it up for bait") but being the tree hugger type that Jake is, he laid the guilt trip on thick and threw it back....Prick! ~ I can call him that,*smirk* he's mine, and he's 20 years old!~ Do any of you brothers and sisters know what this is? I'm dying to know!