I keep catching sunfish and blue gill over 10 inches but TPW says they are hybrids and dont count for some reason. Which is odd becuase for big fish award it vagualy lists "sunfish" or "bluegill" over 10 inches is BF award. Sunfish can be a very broad term. I think any of the mixs or hybrids over 10" should get BF award. Thoughts?
Now that you have mentioned it I do not think they accept Hybrids as a Big Fish Award!
I did have one myself that was rejected because it was a hybrid.
When it says sunfish it is meaning Longear,Redbreast,Redear,Green,Warmouth,and Bluegill.
Bluegill has it's own category for the BFA.
For the longest time Rios were not considered for a Big Fish Award. It was 2013 when they were classified as a native fish and thus qualified as a BFA.