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Here's my reasoning.  According to the NC game identification chart.  The top fins are "spot" fins.  The small mouth with the jaw bone not going past the back of the eye.  The scales on the base of the fins.  The patch of teeth on its tounge.

I could be wrong but I don't know cause I have never caught any until today.  Help me out.  Thanks

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I'd say spots but the first one looks somewhat like a meanmouth.

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The red eyes and smaller mouth say spot to me. Can't tell much about the other picture. Is there a tooth patch on their tongue? If so, then that would be the winning three for me.......spotted (Kentucky) bass.

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Here is a picture of the lighter bass in the pictures. They both had the tooth patch on their tounge.  I took a picture of the inside of it's mouth just so I could reference to see what kind of bass it was.  I ran my finger over it, it's definately teeth.

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I caught this bass in the same location as these other two fish.  I am pretty positive this one is a spot.  The markings help out on this fish.  The other two don't have the markings.  A friend at worked mentioned that possibly all three are spots and maybe the difference is male and female.  Any thoughts?

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If it has the tooth patch than it is a spot. Sometimes here in GA that is the only way to tell the difference.

The tongue teeth patch presence is not an entirely accurate way to differentiate spots from LMBs, 25% of the LMB population have a tongue teeth patch.

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it is amazing how the coloration just stops on those two first fish. It looks like there is a line dividing them in half between coloration and white.

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it is amazing how the coloration just stops on those two first fish. It looks like there is a line dividing them in half between coloration and white.

That's what is hanging me up.  The coloration.  Every fish chart I've looked at points to spot.  But the markings don't match up.

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I think they are all 'spots'. The lines on the lower part of the body are just like that of a spot. Spotted bass prefer rocky bottoms with moderate to swift flows. One of the pictures appears to show a rocky bank which probably extends down into the lake. The large spots you commonly see down the sides are not common on all spotted bass. Check out this PDF file and look at the last page. http://www.floridaconservation.org/Fishing/pdf/BassPoster-Fl-Wildlife.pdf

Hope this helps you out. :)

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I caught this bass in the same location as these other two fish. I am pretty positive this one is a spot. The markings help out on this fish. The other two don't have the markings. A friend at worked mentioned that possibly all three are spots and maybe the difference is male and female. Any thoughts?

That is maybe the most prominent spotted bass lateral line I have ever seen!  It looks like somebody went over it with a Sharpie.  

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Tell us where the fish was caught.  That would eliminate several possiblilites without even looking at the photos.  But they all look like spotted bass to me.

Let me guess.  Cape Fear River.

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All the fish including one smallmouth were caught in the Yadkin River. The Yadkin River flows in High Rock lake, then Tuckertown lake, Badin lake, Falls lake, Lake Tillery, then out to somewhere I don't know. The Yadkin River, I am fishing about 10-12 miles upriver from the main lake of High Rock lake. I am in Salisbury NC. Mostly sumerged stumps, fallen trees, brush along the river as far as I can go and small rock to large boulders through out the river bed. I try to concentrate on the few rock ledges/bluffs that are in the outside bends of the river. The river is mostly 3-7 feet deep. Once you get to the rocks they shoot down 10-26 feet in places. All of the rock bluffs/ledges I have found have slow to moderate current hitting them, being the outside bends of the river.

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I think they are all 'spots'.

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The last 2 pics definitely look like spots. The first one looks like a smallie or a meanmouth hybrid.

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