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Hey all, I'm new to fishing, today was my second time, first time with my own rod & reel. I was fishing at a big pond by my house and caught a bass. While I was out there were a few of these fish (pictured) that were lurking around the top of the water, they had a fin sticking up from the middle of their back and they were pretty long. I know the picture isn't great but I was wondering if anyone could identify this fish? I was trying different lures but they weren't interested in what I had to offer!

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Not certain, but I'm thinking carp.

Welcome to the forums, either way :) 

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Looks like a grass carp from that angle

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Looks like a grass carp to me also. If it is, they're very difficult to get to bite. 

I think I can see scales along the back but not positive. About the only other thing it could be is a big channel cat but scales would quickly eliminate that as an option since they don't have any. 

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:arrow2:

Carp most likely. 

I also see sasquatch was fishing there teh night before based off the tracks...  <Squatch call>

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I'd be more worried about those tracks. left by Bigfoot.  :lol:  Well....not too big, but looks like he didn't lose any weight so watch out.  :P

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5 hours ago, new2BC4bass said:

I'd be more worried about those tracks. left by Bigfoot.  :lol:  Well....not too big, but looks like he didn't lose any weight so watch out.  :P

That isn't Bigfoot, those are from aliens! 

 

We we need a tinfoil hat emoji!

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Thats the kind of picture lake monster legends are made of!

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Looks like a carp. Try casting a breadball next to it when you see it again. That's how I catch the majority of my carp down here . 

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On 6/26/2016 at 11:25 AM, everythingthatswims said:

Chum with corn!

This definitely works to get them in ! 

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Carp are super finicky and corn, dough balls, berries, and flies are your best bet.  They also get super line shy, so fishing light leaders can help a lot.  That being said, hold on if you can coax a bite.  They can run like crazy and can be a real challenge on 6-8lb line/leaders.  They're one of few freshwater fish that can run 100+ yards off of a reel.  

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