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I suppose a largemouth bass will try to eat anything that swims. I was bass fishing with my son this past Thursday in a small local lake. We had caught several bass up to three pounds on wacky rigged Senkos. In an effort to try to catch a really big fish, I decided to try something different. I tied on a Texas-rigged twelve inch plastic worm and casted close to a moss bed. I got a bite on the first cast and set the hook. It was a five pound bass. As I removed the hook from it, I noticed the fish appeared to be "passing" something that was hanging out of it's bung hole a couple of inches. My curiosity got the best of me. Before releasing the fish, I gently tugged at what was hanging out. As it started to slide out, I realized it was a snake. I removed about twelve inches of a partially digested snake. I told my son that the fish must have thought he was getting another snake when it bit my big plastic worm.

Does anyone else have any interesting stories about unusual prey they've found in fish?

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I once was crappie fishing and had a bass hit the crappie on the end of my line. Didn't land him, but was probably about 7-8lbs. Also caught a bass with a small bluegill stuck sideways in its mouth. I released them separately. Bass swam away. Bluegill sank.

Guess that means one less snake. I don't mind them, so long as they stay away from me.


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Once while fishing a farm pond (20+ years ago) I caught a bluegill and had a 6 pound bass eat it on the way in, landed them both took the bass home, the poor little bluegill gave its life so I could catch that big bass, I was happy to catch the bass, while fishing in Roaring River a few years ago, I had hooked a small 10" rainbow and I had a brown come up and take it away from me, I'm sure it was a good meal for the brown, he took the rainbow and left me with my fly, it was neat to watch.

Tim Homesley

23387 st. hwy 112

Cassville, Mo 65625

Roaring River State park

Tim's Fly Shop


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