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Bass With Spikey Teeth, No Stripe

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Hooked into a bass this morning which confused me. Looked like a largemouth, but with no stripe. Went to pick it up and the teeth cut my thumb. Any idea? about 14 inches long.

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100% sure it was a bass. Looked just like a largemouth just didn't have a stripe and the teeth were way spikier than a largemouth's. And no pic, wasn't big enough for a picture. i have high standards lol

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Looked just like this, except no stripe, a little lighter shade, and an overall smaller fish.

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Only green fish with no stripes and teeth I know of are walleye. 

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Only green fish with no stripes and teeth I know of are walleye. 

 

Not a walleye. Have caught walleye before.

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That's a largemouth. Idk about the teeth. But that's 150% a largemouth.

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That's a largemouth. Idk about the teeth. But that's 150% a largemouth.

 

Obviously the one in the picture is, but even if it does not have a stripe and it is a slightly lighter shade is it still a largemouth? Maybe a hybrid of some sort?

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How big were the teeth? You talking small or noticeable (like.... eff that I'm grabbing the gills) teeth?

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How big were the teeth? You talking small or noticeable (like.... eff that I'm grabbing the gills) teeth?

 

Like bass teeth but sharper and spikier. drew blood on my thumb.

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I had one that did some nice scraping on my thumb, not enough to draw blood. Caught this LMB in a freshwater river that has been mixed with saltwater. Same description... No stripe.

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I had one that did some nice scraping on my thumb, not enough to draw blood. Caught this LMB in a freshwater river that has been mixed with saltwater. Same description... No stripe.

 

Well that adds to the mystery then..

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Not all largemouth/spotted bass have the lateral line. As for the teeth, I bet the fish had been feeding heavily on shad/ baitfish instead of anything off the bottom like craws.

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Not all largemouth/spotted bass have the lateral line. As for the teeth, I bet the fish had been feeding heavily on shad/ baitfish instead of anything off the bottom like craws.

 

Appreciate the help, so it was either a spotted or a largemouth.

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Most likely. Did you notice if the mouth went past the eye or stopped before it? You probably already know that largemouths jaw goes past it's eye. A Spotted bass doesn't. But it's not unheard of for either fish to have no markings. Also on a largemouth it's dorsal fins are not connected.

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Most likely. Did you notice if the mouth went past the eye or stopped before it? You probably already know that largemouths jaw goes past it's eye. A Spotted bass doesn't. But it's not unheard of for either fish to have no markings. Also on a largemouth it's dorsal fins are not connected.

 

Yea, like I said it looked just like a largemouth, same mouth, dorsal fin was not connected

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Bass can get "toothy" if they aren't eating anything hard. So I'd say mystery solved... Light colored largemouth that had been eating shad for a while.

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Light colored bass are not using weeds as cover and/or hanging out in deep water. You throw that bass in a dark livewell and it will change colors in a short while and look like a typical largemouth. 

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Light colored bass are not using weeds as cover and/or hanging out in deep water. You throw that bass in a dark livewell and it will change colors in a short while and look like a typical largemouth. 

 

Wow, I didn't know that. That's amazing. Learn something new everyday I guess.

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