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jfshiely
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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 12:06 AM 10/06/08 (CST)
About 3 weeks ago I caught a fish that had the body of a largemouth bass but the eyes and mouth of a smalley. I have fished the St Croix for 55 years and caught hundreds of smallies. Never seen anything like it. Caught it on the Minnesota side of the river about 1.5 miles north of Prescott. I have never caught a largemouth on the river. Any ideas as to what it was?
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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 06:56 AM 10/06/08 (CST)
Hey jfshiely,

Welcome to My Fishing Pals. Glad to have you aboard!

Sounds very interesting... confused smiley



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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 07:21 AM 10/06/08 (CST)
Sounds like you might have caught yourself a meanmouth bass. It is a naturally (at least I think it's naturally) occurring hybrid between a smallie and a spotted bass, although there are some that are a cross between a smallie and a bucketmouth. Relatively rare to actually catch one, but they are out there.






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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 08:28 AM 10/06/08 (CST)
A "Meanmouth"?

Pardon my skepticism, BigBite, but I had never heard of such a thing so I had to look that one up. Sure enough, you know your hybrids! One article I read, from an '06 Kentucky newspaper, said the suckers bit people wading in the shallows and have been seen chasing dogs out of ponds. HA! They sound like total bruisers. What an awesome catch!





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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 08:34 AM 10/06/08 (CST)
A picture would have been great. I have never seen one besides pictures on the Web... I think they are more prevalent down south.



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Daily Subscription Msg 6 Posted: 10:06 AM 10/06/08 (CST)
Frankly, I have never heard of such a thing. Good find, BigBite!


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Daily Subscription Msg 7 Posted: 01:11 PM 10/06/08 (CST)
It's possible that it is a mix of a smallie and a largie. Not sure if I believe that it is a spotted mixed with a smallie being that we don't have spotted bass in this part of the country.

The St. Croix is known for its smallmouth bass but also does have a good population of largemouth bass. I remember a tournament last year on the St. Croix where I took third place with all smallmouths but the guy who won it had all largemouths. I had caught a couple good 3 to 4 pound largemouths in practice as well.

Anyway very cool fish to have caught. I've caught a lot of bass in my life but never lucky enough to catch a bass hybrid!

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Daily Subscription Msg 8 Posted: 01:14 AM 10/28/08 (CST)
Stick'em, we do have spotted bass in this part of the country. I caught at least a half-dozen of them this summer... ignore the range maps, there's no mistaking the spotted lateral line pattern and those gold and russet eyes. These were NOT largemouths, they were definitely spots. Now, if I'd had my camera along I could have proved it.

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