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Old 07-16-2002, 12:59 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Please tell me that herons or cormorants make straight line cuts in fish when they hit and miss. I caught a 10 inch largemouth tonight that had a cut at least an inch long and deep enough for its guts to be visible and starting to escape out of the cut.
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Old 07-16-2002, 01:08 PM   #2 (permalink)
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There are also some pike in the dupah as well... as most bass fisherman know, predator fish are not shy about hitting something that is incocievably too large to eat. A 30" pike could have wounded the fish, or a heron may have missed him.

I hooked into a smallie on the fox once that i thought swam into a snag. Suddenly the fish grew about 10lbs for a run or two. and when i finally pulled in the 10" smallie, he ahd a nice gash across the top of his back and through the "fillet-(not that i would fillet a bass!)" portion of his side. I'm almost positive it was either a muskie or a flathead catfish that hit my struggling bass...

Having a fish tank, and experience with large, agressive fish, I know fish have an amazing healing capability and a fish may survive an injury like you described. Hey, you caught it so it was likely trying to feed right?!
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