Can someone please identify this fish!

Discussion in 'LOCAL OHIO TALK' started by neocats, May 7, 2008.

  1. neocats

    neocats New Member

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    I caught this yesterday. What is it?
     

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  2. catfishjohn

    catfishjohn New Member

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    Possibly a Mooneye? Looks similar to the ones I've seen. No matter what, it looks like great bait!!!:wink::smile2:
     

  3. RetiredToFish

    RetiredToFish New Member

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    Jeff ... what body of water did you catch it in? It looks much like the pictures of Alewife ... which is a member of the herring family .... I will check another book later for more info .... I have seen them in Lake Erie and it's tributaries before ..... Garry-
     
  4. stumpjumper

    stumpjumper New Member

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    Looks like a big Gizzard Shad.
     
  5. bigfish08

    bigfish08 New Member

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    thats what i was thinking, great bait either way!
     
  6. hunted

    hunted New Member

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    i believe that is a big gizzard shad also.i been getting them around 9 inches long at deer creek and they look basically the same.

    other than that,it just looks like a big piece of bait :big_smile::big_smile:
     
  7. dinger66

    dinger66 New Member

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    it is in the shad family
     
  8. catfishjohn

    catfishjohn New Member

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    The reason I said Mooneye is because I thought when I caught it it was a Shad.
    I'll try to get that pic of the Mooneye up and compare them.

    june 1 2007 Ohio River by Russell bridge 004.jpg

    Not a good pic but the other one didn't upload.

    After comparing them, I believe I may be wrong.....LOL!
     
  9. catfishbrett

    catfishbrett New Member

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    i have caught alot of those,i have got them up to 14in long. i think they are just a shad without the black dot.
     
  10. RetiredToFish

    RetiredToFish New Member

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    Jeff .... after further study of the information about the different similar fish ... it appears that it is a Gizzard shad, but the only way to know for sure is if you can count the number of rays in both the dorsal and anal fins ... if you can tell me this I can then tell you which it is for certain. The available info say they sometimes don't have dot or ver faint ... also don't always have the extended ray on the ray of the dorsal, as it get broken off quite easily ... Garry- :eek:oooh:
     
  11. Kyle

    Kyle New Member

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    I can tell you for sure, that is a gizzard shad..whats wrong with you Ohio boys?:wink:
     
  12. wolfman

    wolfman Well-Known Member

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    that would be a mooneye. if you look closely at the mouth and there is a couple of sharp teeth, its a mooneye.
     
  13. Kyle

    Kyle New Member

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    how can you see teeth on that thing?
     
  14. neocats

    neocats New Member

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    The correct answer is a Gizzard Shad. I netted it at Spencer Lake. It is bigger than average, but not the largest I've caught there. There are not teeth on it. The white mark on the mouth is not from teeth.

    This is was a test. Often people think because the obvious is posted the answer must not be so obvious.
     
  15. Kyle

    Kyle New Member

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    Well the real question is did you catch anything on it??:smile2:
     
  16. tkishkape

    tkishkape New Member

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    It's a Gizzard shad...

    This one would make three great baits...
    1. the head
    2. the gut
    3. the middle of the fish after the tail is cut off and discarded.
    I like big baits! Hook a 10/0 octopus circle hook through one edge of the bait and tie the reel down into the rod holder.:wink:
     
  17. catfishcrazy256

    catfishcrazy256 New Member

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    Its a BIG Gizzard Shad !!!
     
  18. catfishrollo

    catfishrollo New Member

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    its a flathead catfish.. been catching them for years:wink: rollo
     
  19. spoonfish

    spoonfish New Member

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    Where's SkipEye when we need him......
     
  20. neocats

    neocats New Member

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    So I finally caught a Flathead. WOW!