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#11457872 - 03/05/16 04:27 PM What's wrong with this bass?
Matt E Offline
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Anyone know what would cause this fish to have the black blotches on both sides? Caught at Lake Bastrop on Wednesday.



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#11457894 - 03/05/16 04:38 PM Re: What's wrong with this bass? [Re: Matt E]
Chris Borden Offline
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Nothing wrong with it. I've been catching a lot of fish like that the past few weeks.

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#11457932 - 03/05/16 05:07 PM Re: What's wrong with this bass? [Re: Matt E]
timwins31 Offline
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Me too. I caught a female off of a bed yesterday that look a lot like that.

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#11457934 - 03/05/16 05:08 PM Re: What's wrong with this bass? [Re: Matt E]
Matt E Offline
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Interesting, that's the first one I've seen like that. Any idea was causes it?

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#11457948 - 03/05/16 05:20 PM Re: What's wrong with this bass? [Re: Matt E]
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Seen it more during the winter: this is from the google

"So, what are the spots and are they anything to worry about? The condition is termed hyperpigmented melanosis, which is a fancy term for pigment discoloration. The condition seems to occur in larger adult fish more often than juveniles. The spots don't appear to be permanent. Often, the coloration often returns to normal after a period of time. And, researchers have found the fish exhibiting the spots seem to be otherwise very healthy. Of the ones that I've caught over the years, I tend to agree, they seem very healthy."
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#11457963 - 03/05/16 05:30 PM Re: What's wrong with this bass? [Re: Matt E]
Im RICK JAMES Offline
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Catch a lot with those when I fish floating tires. Pretty common
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#11458020 - 03/05/16 06:19 PM Re: What's wrong with this bass? [Re: Matt E]
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Seen quite a few of them through the years. Seems like some of the biologist say it comes from a good fishery that is VERY Healthy. Not much else said by them. Just representative of a healthy fishery. Hope this helps. Tight lines, keeop safe and good luck.

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#11458031 - 03/05/16 06:28 PM Re: What's wrong with this bass? [Re: Matt E]
JasonB23 Offline
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Registered: 02/26/16
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I'm from the midwest. I never saw it until I moved to Texas but I've seen tons here with black pigment blotches.

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#11458090 - 03/05/16 06:57 PM Re: What's wrong with this bass? [Re: Matt E]
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Caught one just like that at Gibbons last weekend and was wondering the same thing.
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#11458148 - 03/05/16 07:28 PM Re: What's wrong with this bass? [Re: Matt E]
SteezMacQueen Online   sleepy
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Man....weird....

I caught a 4 pounder and a 6 pounder today with BITE CHUNKS out of them. These fish were both studs. They were each over 20". All the smaller bass I caught were fine. All were caught in extreme vegetation. Amid the carp spawn...or some kind of rough fish. The bite marks/chunks were about the size a human mouth would make. Other than the chunks, they seemed active and healthy. The bite marks were fresh.
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#11458182 - 03/05/16 07:45 PM Re: What's wrong with this bass? [Re: SteezMacQueen]
timwins31 Offline
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Originally Posted By: SteezMacQueen
Man....weird....

I caught a 4 pounder and a 6 pounder today with BITE CHUNKS out of them. These fish were both studs. They were each over 20". All the smaller bass I caught were fine. All were caught in extreme vegetation. Amid the carp spawn...or some kind of rough fish. The bite marks/chunks were about the size a human mouth would make. Other than the chunks, they seemed active and healthy. The bite marks were fresh.


Wth. . . ? Catfish maybe? That's odd.

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#11458286 - 03/05/16 08:40 PM Re: What's wrong with this bass? [Re: timwins31]
Bayou Burner Offline
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Originally Posted By: timwins31
Originally Posted By: SteezMacQueen
Man....weird....

I caught a 4 pounder and a 6 pounder today with BITE CHUNKS out of them. These fish were both studs. They were each over 20". All the smaller bass I caught were fine. All were caught in extreme vegetation. Amid the carp spawn...or some kind of rough fish. The bite marks/chunks were about the size a human mouth would make. Other than the chunks, they seemed active and healthy. The bite marks were fresh.


Wth. . . ? Catfish maybe? That's odd.

My guess is grinnel

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#11458299 - 03/05/16 08:47 PM Re: What's wrong with this bass? [Re: Matt E]
SteezMacQueen Online   sleepy
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Registered: 11/02/14
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Loc: Red Oak, Galveston, and Pagosa...
The lake was Fairfield....grinnel aren't in that lake....are they?
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#11458353 - 03/05/16 09:24 PM Re: What's wrong with this bass? [Re: Matt E]
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Happens every spring/winter

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#11458375 - 03/05/16 09:41 PM Re: What's wrong with this bass? [Re: Matt E]
Ryan Wags Offline
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Registered: 09/22/13
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Loc: NB, TX

Check this one out!! Strange, huh????? I posted this a while back.
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