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#10903458 - 06/08/15 02:11 PM Severly injured carp.
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I was fishing Lake Quitman with a couple of guys today. The last fish that was caught had suffered a severe injury to it's underbelly near the tail. The injury was very recent as the fish started bleeding from the wound after it was landed. It was revived and swam away. Here is a pic. I am trying to figure out what might have caused this. I have my speculation, as we saw another nice sized freshly killed fish floating a few yards from shore.

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#10903671 - 06/08/15 03:33 PM Re: Severly injured carp. [Re: Curt0407]
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I'd guess an alligator did that.

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#10903755 - 06/08/15 04:03 PM Re: Severly injured carp. [Re: Curt0407]
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Could it possibly be a gar fish that tried to eat it hmmm
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#10904021 - 06/08/15 05:53 PM Re: Severly injured carp. [Re: Curt0407]
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I don't know, but I'd write that place off as a swimming hole.

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#10904116 - 06/08/15 06:41 PM Re: Severly injured carp. [Re: Curt0407]
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Maybe a giant snapping turtle hmmm
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#10904168 - 06/08/15 07:04 PM Re: Severly injured carp. [Re: Curt0407]
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I may go with the alligator snapping turtle. The wound was all the way to the backbone. I have seen a huge snapper in that lake in the years past.
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#10904178 - 06/08/15 07:09 PM Re: Severly injured carp. [Re: Curt0407]
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Im in for turtle as well. Other then cat and drum/ rock fish seems to be the only other thing i catch on carp chunks.
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#10904190 - 06/08/15 07:15 PM Re: Severly injured carp. [Re: Curt0407]
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Poor shot placement from a bow fisherman

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#10904226 - 06/08/15 07:39 PM Re: Severly injured carp. [Re: Woj]
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Originally Posted By: Woj
Poor shot placement from a bow fisherman


With what an axe?

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#10904380 - 06/08/15 08:47 PM Re: Severly injured carp. [Re: Woj]
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Originally Posted By: Woj
Poor shot placement from a bow fisherman


My thoughts too, then he was open season for others such as turtle as he left a blood trail.

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#10905036 - 06/09/15 08:26 AM Re: Severly injured carp. [Re: Curt0407]
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I'm not ruling out poor bow shot placement, but the bite shape does tend to look like a snapping turtle's mouth structure with the point near the top of the bite. Fish seems to be hanging on if he had enough energy to take the bait and survive the reel in. Interesting post, photo, thanks for sharing.
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#10905098 - 06/09/15 08:50 AM Re: Severly injured carp. [Re: Curt0407]
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I would guess turtle! hmmm
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#10905333 - 06/09/15 10:15 AM Re: Severly injured carp. [Re: Curt0407]
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What did the other (dead) fish look like?

Sure looks like an otter got aholt of that carp. Usually, otters tend to eat the fish tail first, and toss the head away. That does not look like a bite from a turtle or alligator to me.

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#10905387 - 06/09/15 10:32 AM Re: Severly injured carp. [Re: Fishbreeder]
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Originally Posted By: Fishbreeder
What did the other (dead) fish look like?

Sure looks like an otter got aholt of that carp. Usually, otters tend to eat the fish tail first, and toss the head away. That does not look like a bite from a turtle or alligator to me.


The other fish was too far out to see any obvious wounds. The injured carp weighed well over 13 pounds. I would think that this fish would have been too big, and if healthy before the injury, too active for an otter to catch.
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#10905677 - 06/09/15 12:32 PM Re: Severly injured carp. [Re: Curt0407]
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I was thinking it might be a bowfin bite.

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