Bugeye Smallmouth Bass

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Bugeye Smallmouth Bass

Postby Caja » Mon Apr 04, 2016 10:02 pm

What causes largemouth or smallmouth bass to have bugeyes/bigeyes? I have not seen to many smallmouth bass with this condition. Here is one from 4/3/2016 https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzTI6 ... XJLbDNrNlU
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Re: Bugeye Smallmouth Bass

Postby dahlberg » Tue Apr 05, 2016 5:32 am

very interesting question. In my experience the only thing I've seen that causes this in any species of fish is a rapid pressure change.
What depth did your fish come from?
On the other hand I've seen it happen to many anglers when they see the price tag on a new boat!
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Re: Bugeye Smallmouth Bass

Postby Caja » Tue Apr 05, 2016 8:34 am

Fishing five foot flat with break into 20-25 foot shallow crankbait came off flat then bugeye stroked it. I guess she came up 20 feet to feed. I Like going to boat shows LOL. won boat and tee shirt this year https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BzTI6Z ... cslist_api
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Re: Bugeye Smallmouth Bass

Postby dahlberg » Tue Apr 05, 2016 10:03 am

I bet you're right. Congrats on the boat! Hope you don't have to use the life vest...
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Re: Bugeye Smallmouth Bass

Postby bassfighter1 » Wed Apr 06, 2016 2:00 pm

I Get Bugyes When I See The Price Tag On Some Fishing Reels
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Re: Bugeye Smallmouth Bass

Postby dahlberg » Thu Apr 07, 2016 7:12 am

Amen on that one!!
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Re: Bugeye Smallmouth Bass

Postby Caja » Thu Apr 07, 2016 10:57 am

when waters and cold stained and moving i use whitewater helmet and lifejacket when by myself, https://youtu.be/Fji41rEMqKA. sometimes biggie eats.
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Re: Bugeye Smallmouth Bass

Postby dahlberg » Thu Apr 07, 2016 11:12 am

Love it! looked like only one had bug eyes though? did others come from same spot and had no bug eyes? Just curious.
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Re: Bugeye Smallmouth Bass

Postby Caja » Thu Apr 07, 2016 12:46 pm

yeah all the others came from same spot, there is a set ledge rock there tops out 1-3 feet than then undercuts with hole 17.5 deep apart 15 from set of rock shoal ledges and there is tree in hole too, good spot. biogists say takes 4-5years life for smallmouth get to 20" size. They grow fast and do not live as long, this smallmouth stocked 25years 4ago, all of recent one are from Arizona hattery. dnr quit stock two years ago and government plans to dam up wild and scenic sections of river for nuke plant next couple of years. Section of thatriver above that dam has 3-5 mile greenway, but engery company dumped coal ashes in system this summer and killed all the fish and on top of that is where the city get all drinking water from. This has been going on for years and it crying shame. Dirty South what i call it, go to walmart and look at all the disable people buying food with stamps. sorry for the extra info. Fishing still good as of now. Just concerned about future of fish and people. i think the rapid growth and pressure changes causing bugeyes. i caught largemouth that waa over 10 pounds last year her eyes were huge. Thanks https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BzTI6Z ... cslist_api,
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Re: Bugeye Smallmouth Bass

Postby dahlberg » Sat Apr 09, 2016 9:58 am

what a cool and fishing looking spot! Sounds like bad news in the future though...
thanks for the post.
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Re: Bugeye Smallmouth Bass

Postby Caja » Thu Apr 21, 2016 7:21 pm

If your ever in the Carolinas you could catch the most Southern strain of river Muskie. The cool shot from top of dam has Muskie and aka locals all fish for bass or cat fish and nobody even guides for them. Got one 48"-50" next to kayak on video. Shoal Bass, big largemouth and smallmouth are possibities too. Love the show and lure making videos, products, Good Fishing Caja
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Re: Bugeye Smallmouth Bass

Postby bassfighter1 » Fri Apr 22, 2016 3:48 am

Hey Caja What Part Of The Carolinas Do You Live, I Live Near Simpsonville SC,And Would Love To Fish For Musky
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Re: Bugeye Smallmouth Bass

Postby Caja » Fri Apr 22, 2016 2:21 pm

Shelby, NC. 30minutes from Spartanburg SC
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Re: Bugeye Smallmouth Bass

Postby bassfighter1 » Fri Apr 22, 2016 3:07 pm

Yeah Caja Theres No Muskys Here In SC I Don't Think
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Re: Bugeye Smallmouth Bass

Postby Caja » Sun Apr 24, 2016 9:37 pm

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Re: Bugeye Smallmouth Bass

Postby bassfighter1 » Sun Apr 24, 2016 10:22 pm

I Gotta Make A Trip To The Broad River,Thanks Caja
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