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Shark attack???

Posted: Mon Jul 06, 2020 9:43 pm
by Boatless in BTV
I caught a 14-inch smallmouth tonight on the Burlington shoreline with a 2-inch chunk taken out of its back right in front of the dorsal fin.

I'm kicking myself for not taking a picture, but the wound was clean and round so it wasn't a boat strike or an osprey attack, and it wasn't entirely healed so it's not an old wound from when the fish was little.

If I had caught this fish in a tidal river I would assume the fish had a run in with a small shark, but are there any fish in Champlain that can literally take a bite out of a 1-pound-plus bass? A bowfin maybe?

The only other thing I can think of that might cause a wound like that is an otter or mink.

Overall, the fishing was pretty good, with around 10 bass total including three in neighborhood of 3 pounds. I hooked one that I think would have gone close to 4 but he dragged me across some rocks and cut the line.

Re: Shark attack???

Posted: Tue Jul 07, 2020 1:43 pm
by the_doctor
Hmm... giant pike? A chunk ripped out from foul-hooking?
Take a picture next time!

Re: Shark attack???

Posted: Wed Jul 08, 2020 6:36 am
by Reelax
I was thinking Pike also... maybe Gar?

Re: Shark attack???

Posted: Wed Jul 08, 2020 11:14 am
by the_doctor
Reelax wrote:
Wed Jul 08, 2020 6:36 am
I was thinking Pike also... maybe Gar?
There are pike in Champlain who would take a 14" bass as a snack. Pike will hit anything that they even suspect will fit in their many things that never could, but they'll try it anyway!

I think the bass was lucky...It's only a flesh wound!