Can Somebody Please Help ID This Fish?

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    Can Somebody Please Help ID This Fish?

    Caught on fly rod in a local golf course pond, my 1st thought was mudfish, but after looking at it, it is obviously not. I'm stumped. Anybody?
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    Hard to be sure from your picture, but a common stumper in the area is bigmouth sleeper. Look one up and see if it matches your memory and/or other pictures.

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    I have caught one in the Lox river out in the farms.



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    Quote Originally Posted by bmoody View Post
    Hard to be sure from your picture, but a common stumper in the area is bigmouth sleeper. Look one up and see if it matches your memory and/or other pictures.
    Bigmouth sleeper it is, thanks! First time I've ever seen it

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    Too late to the party. Started catching those things a few years ago and nobody had a clue what they were until I finally found them in a field guide. I incidentally caught the record (record 5lbs, I caught one around 7) and released it. They do taste pretty good.

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    Fillet and release.
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    Hmm, never seen or heard of those.

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    Been fishing in FL for over 30 years and never heard of that thing til just now. Never recall seeing it on FWC website/ regs, nothing.

    Son of a gun. Native? Exotic? Range? Table quality?

    It looks like a confused Bowfin and Largemouth got frisky.

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    A fish I never saw before too

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pescatoral Pursuit View Post
    Been fishing in FL for over 30 years and never heard of that thing til just now. Never recall seeing it on FWC website/ regs, nothing.

    Son of a gun. Native? Exotic? Range? Table quality?

    It looks like a confused Bowfin and Largemouth got frisky.
    Fwc doesn't provide any information about them. Native. From here to Texas and Central America. Live in brackish/salt water and move into fresh to spawn. Can get them stacked up in spillways and such living in the rocks. I've only caught them out of two ponds, and one was connected to the St. Lucie River. They are neat to catch on topwater, almost like a red that takes a few tries to eat it. From the one I have eaten they taste like any other fish. When you get a close look at them they look a lot like walleye. Mean set of teeth too.

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