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Had an interesting catch this last weekend. It may be a bit gruesome, but definitely unintentional, nor was it sight/spawn fishing, but it may be a cool anecdote on the whole pain debate.

 

I was out fishing for largemouth in West Harbor on Lake Erie (Ohio), pitching a tube against some rip rap. I felt a bite, set the hook, came up with nothing. After insisting that I had a bite, I pitch back in there, feel the tick again, same result. But, as I am reeling my bait in, I realize there is something on my hook. I think, "did I impale a minnow, a goby?"

 

40821160030_129e8e7741_c.jpgAttach0 (6) by Rob Webber, on Flickr

 

After some confusion, and closer inspection, that is indeed, a lip.

 

While I am staring and laughing in disbelief, my buddy tosses his creature bait in and hooks up with a fish, and we joke about checking his lip. Well...you guessed it...

 

42578341552_4547738205_c.jpgAttach0 (7) by Rob Webber, on Flickr

 

42578342282_87967bb235_c.jpgAttach0 (5) by Rob Webber, on Flickr

 

Pretty wild catch. No, my hookset wasn't excessive. I'd guess he already had some damage. Without the pictures, I don't think I would have told a soul, no one would have believed it!

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It just goes to show you how tough these creatures are.  Would you be ready to eat again if part of your lip was ripped off?  They are tough, and resilient! 

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Dang, crazy!

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Bass are very though fish

 

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I've caught a lip before. Also caught this dandy on a 65 pointer from a small pond.

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@corn-on-the-rob

my question is did you glue the lip back to that bass? Lol

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So does this mean you really can't sore lip a fish???

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cool story ! sent we glad they don't get human size, as aggressive as they are ,swimming might be a little dangerous! save that pic its worth framing

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I caught a severely damaged bass a few years ago. The best way I can explain it  is that about a third of his head was missing. I don't know how it was still alive.

My guess is an osprey or blue heron got a hold of him for a little while. Did have a pic, but phone got wet and I couldnt retrieve it.

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I have caught them with what looked like life ending injuries and they were doing well.  Several were missing an eyeball.  One had a lose gill plate from an old injury and was still ready to eat.  They are tougher then many think.  They live in a violant environment and take many hits over a lifetime and keep ticking!

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