Partly cloudy with a slight chance of thunderstorms. High 86F. Winds SSE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 30%.. Scattered thunderstorms early, then mainly cloudy overnight with thunderstorms likely. Low 76F. Winds SSE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 80%. The pattern on a sunshine bass is often broken over the front half of the fish, resolving to stripes on the back half. The pattern on a sunshine bass is often broken over the front half of the fish, resolving to stripes on the back half. Here’s a little-known fishing tidbit: The FWC stocked 27,000 sunshine bass in the canals of Gulf Cove in May 2019. Sunshine bass look like striped bass, but striped bass won’t survive in Southwest Florida because it’s just too hot here. But sunshine bass — which are hybrids that the FWC creates in hatcheries by cross-breeding female white bass and male striped bass — do just fine in here. Striped bass are Florida’s largest freshwater game fish. The state record is over 42 pounds. While sunshines are smaller, they can get fair-sized. The state record is a chunky fish that weighed 16.3 pounds. But don’t get too excited about catching a bunch of 10-pounders in Gulf Cove any time soon — those 27,000 ...