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Postby rickp » Wed Oct 22, 2014 10:14 am

I've been coming to the website for years but never registered, sorry. I'm a long time Illinois smallie fisherman that moved down to GA in 1999 and been hunting for them and other species of river fish for years. Found out about the shoal bass when i moved down and have done pretty good fishing for them in the Chestatee and Upper Hooch. The biggest reason I finally registered is because I've caught some N Georgia fish and sometimes have problems identifying them and my fishing buddy Ted and I don't always agree what they are. We know Georgia smallies are rare and that is one of our missions is to catch one each but are iffy on some of our catches. Would like some help if anyone could. I got pictures of a few if anyone could try an help. With all the different species of bass up here, we both get a little confused and figured this would be the best place to get some help.
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Re: Old but New

Postby Blackwater » Wed Oct 22, 2014 1:12 pm

Welcome. The issues you are dealing with are not new. Post your pictures and you will get some opinions. There are several fisheries biologists on this site and they will usually weigh in also.
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Re: Old but New

Postby rickp » Wed Oct 22, 2014 1:18 pm

Great, thanks. Thought I was pretty knowledgeable but when I started catching fish in waters that overlap some, started wondering. It's amazing how different a species of fish can look in different places, especially the colors. I'll get some pictures up. Thanks again.
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Re: Old but New

Postby Blackwater » Wed Oct 22, 2014 1:21 pm

Try this link and see if it helps you any.

viewtopic.php?f=5&t=14555&p=104090#p104090
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Re: Old but New

Postby rickp » Wed Oct 22, 2014 1:41 pm

It does help and it also makes me feel a little better knowing other knowledgeable fisherman are have the same questions about identifying fish. Growing up fishing the small creeks and rivers in Illinois, there were only 3 species of bass to worry about identifying, largemouth, smallies and rock bass and they are very easy to tell the difference.
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Re: Old but New

Postby Blackwater » Wed Oct 22, 2014 2:42 pm

Add to your delimma that there is cross pollinating going on here in Georgia so sometimes it takes a lab analysis of a fin clip for even the experts to tell.
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Re: Old but New

Postby rickp » Wed Oct 22, 2014 3:22 pm

Pretty crazy. Wish they just had a label on them so we could tell.
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