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Malnourished bass? #13231476 07/31/19 07:58 PM
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Hooked this Bass today at Ray Roberts while crappie fishing. ( not the best photo but wanted to be fish back in the water quickly) Scale read 6 lbs 3 oz. Head and mouth looked way larger than should in relation to the body.

Question I have , is this normal? Are the bass struggling to find enough food to maintain their weight? Or was this just a malnourished specimen.?

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Re: Malnourished bass? [Re: bq77] #13231483 07/31/19 08:02 PM
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looks like he might have missed a meal or three.
I normally see this in small lakes or ponds but will occasionally catch one like this out of a lake.

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On Holbrook I regularly catch fish that like that on one side of the lake and the other side will have fat football shaped fish.

Re: Malnourished bass? [Re: bq77] #13231592 07/31/19 08:57 PM
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Years back a lot of RR bass looked like that.








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Probably has soft plastics in its stomach.

Re: Malnourished bass? [Re: Txduckhunter] #13231637 07/31/19 09:36 PM
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Guess that why he was hanging around a brush pile and hit a small crappie jig. Other than body not being in proportion to his headsize, he looked ok. Trying to make up for lost meals. Fun to catch on a light crappie rig anyways.

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Had the same thing happen there almost the same time last year.


https://texasfishingforum.com/forum...2/potential-fish-care-issue#Post12816022

BTW were the crappies biting?


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u want more of a he's dead ratio then a she's dead percentage. after its 51% she's dead you get headaches blindness and the stream part. like dizzy i guess.
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I caught a bunch like that in the best lake in Iowa Saturday. They were so thin it seemed like you could see thru them even the 4-4.58lb ones I had... Cant say Ive ever seen so many thin bass... Just 5 weeks ago it took 23 lb to win a tourney there with the top 8 being above 20#.


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I dont know. <G>. I started out bass fishing , got skunked, then decided to hit a brush pile before heading to the ramp. The bass hit on my jig on the first drop. I decided to call it quits after the bass.

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Big head and small body is a sign of age.


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Originally Posted by johntvette
Big head and small body is a sign of age.



I wish I was catching old fish all day saturday.


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Fish looks skinny, not sickly. Look around you. See skinny people and fat people? Exactly. Sometimes I believe its just that simple.

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It burns a lot of calories chasing those schools of 1/2 long shad.


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old bass don't eat as well. also bass with hooks stuck in the gullet have issues


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I have boated a couple of these long skinny bass a few years ago. I believe that they may be on their last leg of their life cycle.

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