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Shoal Bass

Dateline 05/10/99

At the Georgia Bass Chapter Federation Top Six tournament, I caught some shoal bass in the Flint River the first day. Shoal bass in the Flint River are fun to catch and grow big in the lower river above Lake Seminole, near where it joins the Chattahoochee River to form the Apalachicola River at the Florida state line.

Shoal bass are a species of black bass, closely related to smallmouth and spotted bass. The International Game Fish Association says shoal bass and redeye bass are the same. The record is a 8 pound, 12 ounce fish caught our of the Appalachicola in Florida in 1995.

Shoal bass from the Flint look a lot like smallmouth, with brown verticle bars and a jaw that ends below the eye. They also fight harder than largemouth, and use the current to their advantage. Wading the shoals for them is a fun way to fish for them near where I live. The river is shallow and full of rocks, and it is cool standing waist deep in the water in the middle of the summer.

Other species of bass include largemouth, smallmouth, spotted, Roanoke, and Suwannee. Some biologists say the shoal bass is a different species than the redeye, but it is not recognized as such now. All are fun to catch!

Ever caught a redeye bass? How about some of the other species? Any interesting trips lately? Tell me about it. If so, you can also post information about it for others on my message board - you must register to post but can read the board as a guest. Also, if you have thoughts you want to share about this topic, let me know about it at fishing@aboutguide.com. for a "Fishtale"or discuss it in the chat room on every night at 8:00 EST. Tell others what you like.

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