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Identifying one that got away... #12672915
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I was running a squarebill over shallow (2-3 ft) for today when I got a strong bite about 30 ft from the boat. The fish immediately came to the surface and jumped very high. I got a good look and immediately knew it wasnít a bass, but it was a medium dark gray, taller than a LMB, but with a smooshed nose/face compared to a LMB. It was every bit of 8-10 pounds, and I got two great looks because it jumped very high and enthusiastically twice right in front of me before it shook the lure.

Iím trying to figure out what it might have been. The smooshed face made me think freshwater drum (and Iíve been with people who have caught them on Lake Waco before), but I didnít know if they were this solid, medium gray color and if they were known to jump like that.

The only other thing I thought it might be is a smallmouth buffalo, but again I didnít know if they had this color, size, and tendency to leap.

Last week at the opposite end of the lake I saw one of these jump 3 feet out of the water attacking some shad. This was the same type of fish. It behaves like a smallmouth and was shaped similar to a smallmouth, but the color was not the typical brown/bronze color.

Interested in what you guys think.

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Re: Identifying one that got away... [Re: texasAUtiger] #12672934
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Grinnel?


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Re: Identifying one that got away... [Re: texasAUtiger] #12672958
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Re: Identifying one that got away... [Re: H2ODawg67] #12672978
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Originally Posted By: H2ODawg67
Grinnel?


Yep, grinnel or bowfin same thing.


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Re: Identifying one that got away... [Re: texasAUtiger] #12672993
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Looking at this:

https://tpwd.texas.gov/huntwild/wild/species/bowfin/

That was not the shape of the fish I saw at all. And it did not have that long fin along itís back.

It was ďtallĒ and stout like a big smallmouth. Just the wrong color.

Re: Identifying one that got away... [Re: texasAUtiger] #12673015
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A Chain Pickerel will jump and leap. The larger ones get darker with age; but I have never seen one in the 10 lb. class.



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Re: Identifying one that got away... [Re: texasAUtiger] #12673046
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Re: Identifying one that got away... [Re: texasAUtiger] #12673048
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Could have been a small mouth moving up from deeper water. What lake where you on?

Re: Identifying one that got away... [Re: whnigt] #12673161
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Originally Posted By: whnigt
Could have been a small mouth moving up from deeper water. What lake where you on?


Lake Waco

TPWD records a smallmouth in Lake Waco last summer, but Iíve never heard of them being in there til I looked it up today.

Do drum jump?

Re: Identifying one that got away... [Re: texasAUtiger] #12673166
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Originally Posted By: texasAUtiger
Originally Posted By: whnigt
Could have been a small mouth moving up from deeper water. What lake where you on?


Lake Waco

TPWD records a smallmouth in Lake Waco last summer, but Iíve never heard of them being in there til I looked it up today.

Do drum jump?


If the deck is hot enough.

Re: Identifying one that got away... [Re: Sawhorse] #12673189
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Originally Posted By: Sawhorse
Originally Posted By: texasAUtiger
Originally Posted By: whnigt
Could have been a small mouth moving up from deeper water. What lake where you on?


Lake Waco

TPWD records a smallmouth in Lake Waco last summer, but Iíve never heard of them being in there til I looked it up today.

Do drum jump?


If the deck is hot enough.


Ha! These leaps occurred while I was trying to reel it in.

Re: Identifying one that got away... [Re: texasAUtiger] #12673197
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Looking at this video:



Go to the 3:50 mark or so. That was the type of fish I saw today and last week! Neither were as big as the one in this video, but todayís was definitely 8-10 lbs.


Re: Identifying one that got away... [Re: texasAUtiger] #12673201
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Re: Identifying one that got away... [Re: texasAUtiger] #12673260
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My guess would be buffalo. I foul hooked one on lake Whitney last week that jumped completely out of the water. I ended up landing him after a strong fight. It seems to fit the color and shape profile exactly.

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Originally Posted By: Sawhorse
Originally Posted By: texasAUtiger
Originally Posted By: whnigt
Could have been a small mouth moving up from deeper water. What lake where you on?


Lake Waco

TPWD records a smallmouth in Lake Waco last summer, but Iíve never heard of them being in there til I looked it up today.

Do drum jump?


If the deck is hot enough.


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