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    This isn't a trout report, but it's a small stream report. I thought you guys might find this interesting. I caught this Chattahoochee bass in a small tributary of the Chattahoochee River last month. I was baffled by its unusual coloration. It was a perfectly healthy specimens and fought unusually hard for such a small bass. I showed the picture to the Dredger, and he said it likely had unregulated melanophores which could either be a genetic trait or something like the effects of a pervious illness or injury. Crazy, ain't it?!

  • #2
    Size & Age

    Given the size I will assume a young fish. The coloration could be the result of this being a teenage punk bass, or maybe early Halloween costume?

    But yes, very unusual coloration!


    • #3
      I’ve seen a couple smallmouth like that floating around insta. Let us know if you learn something definitive.

      Wouldn’t a jet black red eye bass with glowing red eyes be pretty creepy!
      I like em big fat and sloppy.


      • #4
        I wouldn’t eat that one Kyle😂


        • #5
          Ha, looks like a piebald bass.
          If this were rocket science most of us wouldn't be doing it. - Terry Creech


          • #6
            Looks like its mixed with a shadow bass or something.

            Or an oil spill

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