Split Bottom Lip on Bass
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Posted on Thursday Mar 7, 2013 at 7:59 PM  
Kurt, my buddy in Kansas text me this afternoon to show me a couple pics of bass he has caught out of his pond. Apparently he's got this condition in several of his bass. I'm assuming its a genetic thing. Can you shed any light on this condition. Most of the bass in his ponds he has purchased.


                                                                    



Posted on Friday Mar 8, 2013 at 8:04 AM  
That sure looks more like old hooking injuries than some genetic defect. The injuries are not in the same place on the fish, so that makes me more inclined to think injury (now healed) versus a defect they are born with. My professional opinion is that those fish have been injured/ripped up by hooks.
Posted on Friday Mar 8, 2013 at 8:47 AM  
Or maybe there's a really mean crawfish in there...
Posted on Friday Mar 8, 2013 at 5:26 PM  
I too have seen this before in fisheries collections and I'm inclined to agree that it is a hooking injury (or from being held on a stringer and subsequent escape).
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Posted on Sunday Mar 10, 2013 at 4:07 PM  
You see a lot of that in Lake Fork Bass - almost a certainty the fish was held up by its jaw in a longitudinal fashion without support the the tail or belly - broke its jaw as a result -

The injury later shows as the fish grows

I call it gorilla ititus
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