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    Was fishing a creek in downtown Winston and managed to catch this little guy. He hit a little crappie jig in a deeper pool. I thought it was a smallmouth which would be pretty crazy considering where I caught it. What do y’all think?
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    Looks like a little Spotted Bass

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    That’s what I usually catch out there along with the occasional largemouth. Didn’t know if all this rain washed a little smallie down my way.

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    look like a rock bass.
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    That's a strange one. Pretty sure it's not a spot and it looks to long for a rock bass. It looks like it has a rock bass head with a smallie body.

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    Spotted bass. Mouth too small for a largemouth and not in smallie range.

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    Initially I thought Rock Bass because of the red eyes, but then looked up Red Eye Bass and this looks identical to the pics I found. My answer would be a Red Eye Bass.

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    It was definitely an unusual catch. I know there are plenty of spotted bass in there, I’ve caught them from the same exact spot. Those eyes and lack of body markings threw me off. I’m not familiar with the red eye bass so I’ll have to look into that one.

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    To me, younger spots have more defined, darker spots. That fish barely has a lateral line. But those are really hard to call. I just posted a pic today and still unsure after googling all the different bass and differences.

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    for sure not a redeye bass or rock bass. could be a spot or a hybrid of a spot/largemouth. there are spots in salem creek.

    edit...after further observation it does look kinda like a smallie. there are smallie in yadkin above winston and i know a few have been caught down at Idols dam.
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    Why do you say that it’s not a red eye Bass? Every pic I looked up for a red eye Bass looks just like this one. Basically looks like a smallmouth with red eyes.

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    It's a rock bass aka red eye. Caught hundreds of them in 69 years of fishing the New River here in Watauga and Ashe County.

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    I grew up in upstate New York and caught tons of rock bass. When I first heard about a red eye Bass, I thought people were talking about rock bass. After some research, I found out that Redeye Bass is not a rock bass. They have 2 different scientific names.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mack in N.C. View Post
    edit...after further observation it does look kinda like a smallie. there are smallie in yadkin above winston and i know a few have been caught down at Idols dam.
    My vote is for smallmouth as well.

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    The notch on the dorsal looks too deep for a smallmouth. Maybe a hybrid of two micropterus species. Certainly not a rock bass, which are shorter fish like a warmouth..
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