I apologize for posting this here if it is the completely wrong forum, but I did not find any other forum for i/d of fish.
I will be most grateful if anyone can please id the fish in the pics.
This was caught with shrimp at the Brazos Bend State Park, Old Horseshoe Lake, yesterday. Various onlookers threw out wild guesses like "hybrid between gar and carp" or even "snakehead". The park rangers took their book out but nothing matched and even they were clueless.
One of the park rangers thought it was red drum, but when we compare the pictures, we found that the head seems to be too pointed for a red drum.
The scale was tougher than bass, and normal knife proved inadequate for scaling. However, scale came off with peeler, and it was nowhere near as tough as Gar's.
Flesh was mushy and soft, still uncooked in our freezer, not sure how to cook it unless you guys help
Thanks in advance!