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Why do some bass not have a well defined lateral line?

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2 different fish, same stocked 2 acre pond, likely same age fish judging by size. Why does one have such a defined lateral line and the other doesn’t???

 

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Lateral line may not be the right term, I mean the side markings

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Thats not the lateral line , its just blotches .

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The lateral isn't coloration it's a line of pore scales that all bass have. Both the bass in the photo show a distinct lateral line that start about 25% down from the dorsal fin even with the eye and ends up at the center of the base of the tail. It looks like a thin darker line very visible in the photos.

Each lateral line scale has a hole in it with a nerve exposed to pick up vibrations in the water.

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I’m referring to the side markings. Why so distinct on some fish and not others?

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Why do some people have blue eyes and others have brown?

 

Just genetics.  If you wanted to theorize, the more distinct coloration may be from strains of bass who live shallow and use it to break up their profile.  The lighter coloration from bass who are more open water where darker spots would make them stand out.

 

I am only guessing, so dont take it as gospel

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The same reason I don't look like Brad Pitt. Every individual is different

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Because bass can change color.  Somewhat.  Ever caught a deep bass and it's got dark markings and then caught a shallow bass and it's almost silver?  I've caught bass that have changed color in the livewell.  They'll also change color depending on what they are eating and if it's spawning time.  So........There's a lot of variables that go into the color.  

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Title is about lateral line. As noted coloration varies depending on water clarity, depth of light, water chemistry and stress levels. the 2 bass in the photos attached appear to be caught from the same body of water their coloration is very similar except the darker markings typical of LMB. I would attribute the difference between the 2 bass as stress levels or cover affecting depth of light for the differences.

If you put both bass in the same livewell for a few hours they will look the same.

Tom

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On 5/6/2019 at 8:17 AM, TOXIC said:

Because bass can change color.  Somewhat.  Ever caught a deep bass and it's got dark markings and then caught a shallow bass and it's almost silver?  I've caught bass that have changed color in the livewell.  They'll also change color depending on what they are eating and if it's spawning time.  So........There's a lot of variables that go into the color.  

Absolutely true.

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