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Big M area 12/18

Fished with OA member Huntest (Dave) yesterday.  We launched at dawn into a cold and foggy morning.  Fog persisted for a couple of hours, but it warmed up once it burned off.  

Fishing was a bit slower than I expected, slower than last time I was out last week, but in compensation for the lower numbers, we did catch better fish on average.  We caught somewhere between 15 and 20, with maybe half being keeper spots and one keeper meanmouth.  We only caught one smallmouth - last time out there was a good smallie bite, but they were hard to come by yesterday - a head scratcher, and only one largemouth boated.  

All ned fish from chunk rock and bluff banks.

WT was 48 if I remember correctly.

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I caught a beautiful SM/LM cross near Shell Knob a few years back and I believe I posted the pic here. I also sent it by email to MDC and they thanked me for the pic and confirmed it was indeed a SM/LM cross. I had seen plenty of SM/spot hybrids (meanmouths) but that was one of the first SM/LM crosses I had witnessed. 

So yes, they will cross-breed in the wild. 

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We released this fish but gentleman who made a replica for us was from Smithville in NW Missouri. He has a degree in Marine Biology.

He said this fish was a cross between a smallmouth and a largemouth. It did have brown eyes not red ones like a spot hybrid.

 

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7 hours ago, huntest said:

We released this fish but gentleman who made a replica for us was from Smithville in NW Missouri. He has a degree in Marine Biology.

He said this fish was a cross between a smallmouth and a largemouth. It did have brown eyes not red ones like a spot hybrid.

 

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Would love to see a photo of that replica. That's a toad!

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