Recaptures happen! Yes,I'm also thinking that the black area may have grown in over two years time but I'm not familiar with changing colors happen over time with these or not. Awesome fish. I recaptured one on ladybird lake that was very similar to this one that had been cpr'd by Scottevil 4 years prior and only a couple hundred yards away from where I recaptured it and still consider these rare fish to be a catch of a lifetime, nice job Mike that's a lifetime achievemnet capture right there!
Here is my capture, a 15lb 1 oz. LBL beauty.