black bream n esp Gulf States, GA
= bluegill n 1 or a similar sunfish n 1a.
1877 Harper’s New Mth. Mag. 55.397, The black or blue bream (Ichthelis incisor) [=Lepomis macrochirus] is a pan fish, of about the size of the goggle-eye, which abounds in the small brooklets of North Georgia, Alabama, and Florida. I have never found it north of the Cumberland Mountains. Its habits are those of the red-bellied perch, and at times it takes the common earth-worm as fast as presented. 1892 Galveston Daily News (TX) 5 June 12/6 cAL, When the spotted trout and mud cat, and the black bream and the perches, and in fact the whole fish family, and [sic] will come up and snap and gobble any sort of bait you throw them—Now, that’s the time for fishin. 1946 Daily Ardmoreite (Ardmore OK) 13 June 14/3, Jack Berry and his party caught 25 black bream weighing 26 pounds. 1966 DARE (Qu. P1, . . Freshwater fish . . good to eat) Inf GA25, Black bream[,]stumpknocker—same. 1994 Hutchinson News (KS) 22 May 39/6 TN, “I’m kind of an adventurous person,” Roane said. “I was fishing with my sister way back up in the willows at Tunica [MS]. . . I caught a big black bream (bluegill) on the edge of the bank. From then on, we started catching one fish after another.”