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Brook trout with lip damage
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SubmittertulenkotMore Photos from tulenkot   CategoryFish   Last Update2013/9/16 9:28
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What do you think? Hook trauma?

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Published: 2013/9/16 22:10  Updated: 2013/9/16 22:10
Joined: 09/09/2006
From: Gettysburg
Comments: 439
 Re: Brook trout with lip damage
Absolutely beautiful fish. Don't know about the jaw - I'd guess hook damage as a probably cause. Sometimes fish are just born with a defect or get banged up when they're little and they wind up with a deformed body part. If this fish was in a stream with very heavy fishing pressure, like Spring Creek or Little Lehigh, I'd be more inclined to guess chronic hook damage. However, wild brookies from remote areas (which I assume this is) probably don't get hooked too often.
Published: 2013/9/17 5:49  Updated: 2013/9/17 5:49
Joined: 08/24/2010
From: Bucks County
Comments: 25
 Re: Brook trout with lip damage
It was caught on a "wild brook trout enhancement" stream that has been discussed on the forum before regarding pressure issues. It is remote though...
Published: 2013/9/17 21:10  Updated: 2013/9/17 21:10
Joined: 06/19/2007
From: Lancaster County
Comments: 447
 Re: Brook trout with lip damage
I'm pretty sure it's hook damage. I've hooked a few fish in my life where the lower lip becomes disconnected from the rest of the mouth. Since I'm not a surgeon, they go back as-is and I imagine they end up looking like your fish later in life.

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