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Smallmouth buffalo

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A friend of mine was fishing the Susky (not on the fly) and showed me a pic of a fish he landed. It sort of looked like a carp, but yet it didn't. Baffled, I kind of dismissed it until I saw Allen Fly Fishing's post on Facebook today for a "Smallmouth Buffalo".

In doing some research, it doesn't show them having distribution in the Susquehanna watershed. Has anyone ever caught one of these fish?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smallmouth_buffalo

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Posted on: 2013/5/14 15:40


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quillback? lots in the susky. if it has a real long dorsal spine, its a quillback.

Posted on: 2013/5/14 18:13
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Yup! I'd say that's it. Threw me for a loop there.

Posted on: 2013/5/14 19:33


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Thanks for solving a mystery for me. Saw a bunch in the Swattie last year and caught 1. Put up a good fight. Thought it was a suckercarp! Saw some again this year about the same time in early spring.

Posted on: 2013/5/14 20:06
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Yep - quillback.

The Juniata is full of 'em too. I don't see many of them in smaller waterways but the Susky has many. On occasion, they'll take a fly.

Posted on: 2013/5/14 22:26


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Yeah. That right there is the carpsucker

Posted on: 2013/5/15 9:38


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The guy that caught this said it hit a spinner which he was a bit surprised at. Said he landed half a dozen or so that day.

Posted on: 2013/5/15 15:54


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caught mine on a rapala. Cleanly hooked in the mouth though the mouth looked too small to eat something that size. weird.

Posted on: 2013/5/19 11:27
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