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True “black” bass #13692046 09/05/20 07:51 PM
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Largemouth bass have beautiful coloration, and the color shades and distinction of their lateral lines varies. Over the years I’ve caught several darker fish, but this one is the darkest.

Caught it this morning under the middle of a boat dock in deep water at PK, one of the clearest lakes in Texas. Some of my best looking fish have come out of this lake. All I can figure is that it has remained parked under the dock for an extended time and the lack of sunlight has darkened it up.

Anyone else catch them this shade/color? The two pictures below are of the “black” bass contrasted with a more typical bass I pull out of PK.

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Re: True “black” bass [Re: Bassin33] #13692056 09/05/20 08:14 PM
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I’ve caught some darker than normal bass and I’ve caught some with dark spots about that color, but I’ve never caught one that dark covering that much of its body.


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Re: True “black” bass [Re: Bassin33] #13692076 09/05/20 08:29 PM
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That top one is super dark! I have caught some that were orange and black with only a white stomach lol

Re: True “black” bass [Re: Bassin33] #13692146 09/05/20 10:06 PM
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Caught several nearly as dark as the top fish in a spring fed tannic water 5 acre pond. Always thought it was natural selection over time for the bass to start matching their environs. Strange considering the water clarity of PK

Re: True “black” bass [Re: Bassin33] #13692148 09/05/20 10:09 PM
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Re: True “black” bass [Re: Bassin33] #13692177 09/05/20 11:03 PM
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Beautiful fish. Thanks for sharing.


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I caught a smallmouth in Amistad that was that black. I have seen them very brown but never black.The underside was gray instead of a more cream color too.


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Re: True “black” bass [Re: txsuperman] #13692193 09/05/20 11:20 PM
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Originally Posted by txsuperman
Nice fish.......Toby Keith

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Re: True “black” bass [Re: Bassin33] #13692226 09/06/20 12:10 AM
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how do ya'll post pics? My son had one l would like to post on here


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Re: True “black” bass [Re: Bassin33] #13692252 09/06/20 12:45 AM
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Also from pk

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Re: True “black” bass [Re: mwbasser] #13692340 09/06/20 02:11 AM
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this is a twin to the one I caught lol

Re: True “black” bass [Re: Finesse Master/ Dropshot king] #13692359 09/06/20 02:39 AM
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this is a twin to the one I caught lol

She was in a cove across from south dnd


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Re: True “black” bass [Re: Bassin33] #13692407 09/06/20 04:12 AM
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Originally Posted by Bassin33
Largemouth bass have beautiful coloration, and the color shades and distinction of their lateral lines varies. Over the years I’ve caught several darker fish, but this one is the darkest.

Caught it this morning under the middle of a boat dock in deep water at PK, one of the clearest lakes in Texas. Some of my best looking fish have come out of this lake. All I can figure is that it has remained parked under the dock for an extended time and the lack of sunlight has darkened it up.

Anyone else catch them this shade/color? The two pictures below are of the “black” bass contrasted with a more typical bass I pull out of PK.

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I would bet that bass lives shallow and is in the sun more than you can imagine. All the dark colored bass I have caught have all been caught shallow with clear water. I have never caught a deep bass colored like that and the whiter colored bass always come from darker water both shallow and deep.

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Melanistic (dark) pigmentation is a genetic condition. In fish it can be localized (black spots) and influenced by existing conditions, such as water temperature. It results in a really cool looking fish. Congratulations on the catch. thumb

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