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    Default Another fish ID - smallie/spot hybrid?

    Caught this fish today at Chatuge. It looks like it has a smallie head and shoulders, but a spot's tail. I've read

    that smallies are here, but have never caught or seen one.



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    Spot. Smallmouth are mostly gone from Chatuge.

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    Anyone else have an opinion on this? Did some checking and there are still smallies caught in Chatuge on the GA side. Also found an article from the NCWRC about meanmouths, small mouth/spot hybrids, in Chatuge. I’ve caught a ton of spots there and have never seen one that looks like this.

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    After a second glance, it looks like there maybe some smallie genes in that fish.
    Found this.
    https://forums.iboats.com/forum/fish...m-lake-chatuge

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    If people are trying to determine whether a fish is a spot, it helps to have a picture with the mouth closed. The jaw line in relation to the eye is part of the formula. As to that fish, tough to say. I know nothing about Chatuge, but other than the coloring, it looks more like a spot to me.
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    I agree the mouth does resemble a smallie but the body looks most like a spot!

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    The jaw of the smallmouth, when closed, lines up in front of the eye. That fish's jaw clearly would be in the middle, like a spot. But that gold color is like a smallie.

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    Definitely has a shorter jaw line.

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    For sure has spot in it.....100 percent is tough. it MAY have some smallie in it is my guess so yes on spot/smallie hybrid.
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