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: Calico??

05-31-2000, 09:26 PM
I took the 6 wt down to the local pond in Lakeville tonight and worked the beach with a chartreuse popper. Second cast yielded a very perch like grab close in.

To my surprise, it was not a perch but an almost decent sized bass-like creature - about 1 pound. It had the shape of a chiclid (wide, discus shape with a protrouding head) and the markings and colors of a smallmouth. Is this what a smallmouth in spawn looks like or did I catch a Calico bass or something else all togther? A fly guy I talked with a few weeks ago said he had caught the same in that very location.

Next time I'll have the camera along.....

06-01-2000, 08:59 PM
Cool! Was it profusely spotted with herring-like eyes (black on white) and really pancake shaped -or- was it generally green-brown with red eyes and a little flatter than a largemouth?

BTW - those crappie (calico) are great eating!

06-01-2000, 10:18 PM
Definitely green-brown (with a good amount of yellow-bronze) and (much) flatter than a largemouth. It had similar stripes to a smallmouth and that's what throws me. Definitely not a crappie (calico). Maybe it was just a big ass pan fish? I've never seen them that big so maybe that's what threw me off on the id.