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Tried taking a picture but none came out very good.  But anyway I caught this interesting looking carp yesterday on Ft. Louden on a white chatterbait in the mouth.  Miracle it got the hook in it's mouth but this fish was strong and really made an account for itself.  It was around ten pounds and wasn't the big golden looking carp I usually see...very light in color and smaller scales and head.  Should have worked harder to take a pic but the wind was absolutely brutal yesterday....speared my first wave in awhile!!!!  Louden does not have the best of tastes I can tell ya!!!  Bass were chomping in the 62 degree water too...just no biggies....just fatties.

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41 minutes ago, Oregon Native said:

Tried taking a picture but none came out very good.  But anyway I caught this interesting looking carp yesterday on Ft. Louden on a white chatterbait in the mouth.  Miracle it got the hook in it's mouth but this fish was strong and really made an account for itself.  It was around ten pounds and wasn't the big golden looking carp I usually see...very light in color and smaller scales and head.  Should have worked harder to take a pic but the wind was absolutely brutal yesterday....speared my first wave in awhile!!!!  Louden does not have the best of tastes I can tell ya!!!  Bass were chomping in the 62 degree water too...just no biggies....just fatties.

Was it grey? Sounds like a buffalo or drum, the latter being the only one that would be very likely to actually eat a bait. I've caught buffalo on jigging spoons with the bait well inside their mouths though. 

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Drum do hit lures regularly but common carp will as well from my experience. I caught about a 10lb common carp during a tournament once on a baby brush hog.

 

Allen

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Let's see the blurry pics.  I think this may be something else as well.

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Carp strike lures occasionally, when my son was 12 he caught a big carp with a blue back CD 9 Rapala and was thrilled with it! Can't go by coloration, some are pet gold fish that get released into lakes, not all are bugle mouth carp.

Fuzzy photo would help.

Tom

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I've seen large goldfish and koi carp eat small fish in aquariums, so I can't see why not in the wild.  Advice I used to give my aquarium customers: if a fish can end up in another fish's mouth, it probably will.  Another tidbit, I use to catch them using a bare 3/4 oz. red ball head jig, unbaited.  Guess what was overhanging that cove?  An old cherry tree.  Go figure.

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Oh...  carp will eat lures alright:

 

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What i´ve noticed along the years is that there are some body´s of water were they are more likely to hit a lure then others. I´ve caught dozens of carps on lures in my life, 99% of them have been in the same 2 lakes! Why? I don´t now...:think:

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First carp I caught hit my Senko with charteuse tail, I'm not sure if he think it was a piece of corn. Second one I'm not sure but my jerkbait on hit top lip. 

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Reminds me of my most recent trip up north when I caught 3 big carp on a lure while fishing for smallmouth bass. I thought I had a very big smallmouth bass at first but then the carp showed itself.These carp where not what I was specifically targeting at that moment but still very fun fish to catch on artificials.

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Here's a pic...not very good....lips are really think looking....don't believe it's a typical carp though.  Maybe a big suckerGZiIAn4AET_VNQvrQGtnKyzSbqFVqhDwjFINLPUh

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That's a sucker.  Probably some kind of redhorse.  They get as big as a medium size carp up here.

 

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4 hours ago, Oregon Native said:

Here's a pic...not very good....lips are really think looking....don't believe it's a typical carp though.  Maybe a big suckerGZiIAn4AET_VNQvrQGtnKyzSbqFVqhDwjFINLPUh

Looks like she's ready for a kiss @Oregon Native!!  😂😂

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I think that's a smallmouth buffalo. Used to catch one every once in a while below Ft Loudon dam on crank baits.  Tough angle on the pic to tell.  10 lbs would be ginormous for a native TN sucker. Fun stuff.

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1 hour ago, VolFan said:

I think that's a smallmouth buffalo. Used to catch one every once in a while below Ft Loudon dam on crank baits.  Tough angle on the pic to tell.  10 lbs would be ginormous for a native TN sucker. Fun stuff.

I initially agreed with sucker but am switching my answer to smallmouth buffalo based on the size of the scales and the long dorsal fin with the longer pointed part towards the front. Also the black beady eyes look like a buffalo.

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Maybe it's the angle, but it would be a really long and thin fish to be a smallmouth buffalo. Maybe just an oddly built one. The ones we have around here are very oval shaped and stocky built fish. 

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Two years in a row I've caught a carp on a black and blue jib, both times I hook it right under its chin. Wait do carps have chins.... 

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It is a bad angle on the pic...fish was really solid.  Have caught many many steelhead in the eight to ten range and this was every bit of that.  A very strong fight...OMG.  Will look up smallmouth buffalo.

Thanks all

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Carp will hit crankbaits. Back in May 1956 , me and one of my high school buddies were in a row boat on Buckeye Lake here in central Ohio casting and watching my dad and his buddy who were working a lily pad field casting the old Layfield lures. All of a sudden my dad lets out with a holy S##t and next thing we see is my dad with his Conolon bent rod tip in the air and Dad struggling to get a hold on the crank of his Pflueger Nobby. After several cross words, Dad gained control and finally landed a bugle mouth that looked to be about 5 or 6 pounds. After boating the carp he held up his right hand an said look at this. There was the bloody sight of skinned knuckles that the fish had inflicted on dad. That carp had the little Layfield hanging from its mouth. We were all surprised to see one hit a lure.    

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I'm locking in smallmouth buffalo as my answer too. 

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That elongated shape and the white stripe is what made me hesitate too. But apparently buffalo are just giant suckers.  I think the fight better than drum, but they're harder to unhook. Never going to mistake one for a striper though.

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I believe a buddy of mine pulled yet another smallmouth buffalo into my boat last bight from the same lake as the OP. The buffalo bite is hot!!!! Hahaha

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Oh my gosh....awesome

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