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Old 02-02-2008, 10:13 PM
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I finally got around to checking out some new water in the Park today in my quest for lake-run fish. There weren't many fish up in the stream yet but the ones that were there were feeding heavily. I'm hoping that by the next full moon, there will be more fish running up the various streams that have these lake-run fish... Only one way to find out and I'll be back to check again soon...








It looks like something big took a chunk out of the tail on this fish...any ideas/theories on how that happened?
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Old 02-02-2008, 10:31 PM
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Wow, that's a nice fish...as for what took the bite out of it, if it happened a while ago, when it was warmer, I'd say a turtle, although I can't see a turtle hanging out in the deep water of one of those lakes where those bows live.
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Old 02-02-2008, 10:51 PM
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Nice fish David, you have a knack for finding them. It sure is nice to catch a quality fish on new water.

As soon as I get back from my month long midwest plant tour, I plan on hitting the streams hard. Been tying up my blue quills and quill gordons in preparation.

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Old 02-03-2008, 02:59 AM
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I shouldn't have looked at those pics. Very Nice! let me know next time you go.
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Old 02-03-2008, 11:13 AM
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Looks like your exploration paid off nicely. This really makes me want to move back closer to the mountains.
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Old 02-03-2008, 11:17 AM
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At least somebody has time to get out fishing. Nice fish!
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Old 02-03-2008, 11:20 AM
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Nice fish David. Could it have been an otter?

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Old 02-03-2008, 11:43 AM
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Real pretty fish. Maybe an eagle? Maybe the eagle spotted him while the fish was still in the lake, near the surface. The fish saw him coming at the last moment and dove down for deeper water, and the eagle came up with a small piece of fin in his talon.
Who knows? But definitely an interesting question. Sitting around speculating about stuff like this is often more fun than actually knowing the real answer.
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Old 02-03-2008, 02:20 PM
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Byron, I was thinking about either an otter or perhaps a musky but I'm not sure if they are in the lake where this fish would have come from.

Ijsouth, I hadn't thought about a turtle...glad you brought that one up. Wish I could know for sure what did it but like someone else said, its fun to guess...
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Old 02-03-2008, 06:30 PM
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Hey PA...another possibility would be a gar, but I don't know if there are a lot of them in those lakes. I know gar are voracious eaters; my dad always told me that it was a Louisiana game law - you had to kill a gar if you caught one, because they will eat their weight in gamefish in a day. I don't know if that's true or not, but I know they're mean fish, and a blast to catch.
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