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ivhunter

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On my way in to work this morning I saw a bird dive into the canal along Austin Road near Imperial, I thought it was a seagull at first but when it came back up out of the water it was this guy and he was holding breakfast... he flew right back up to the pole line. I was totally stoked that I finally saw him in action, I had seen an Osprey last year eating a fish but I couldn't get close enough to get a picture. I drove back home and got the camera and was able to get a few picturesDSC_0899.JPGDSC_0901.JPGHe noticed me and started to get nervous so I took off and let him enjoy his meal.

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I can’t believe he didn’t catch and release that bass doesn’t he know your not allowed to eat them?
 
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Very cool pix, Rich.....Although, I don't think that's a bass with that forked tail....Doesn't look like a channels cat either....Perhaps a big gizzard shad.
 

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Ya I was thinking catfish at first but if you look at the first picture it has the markings/colors of a bass but the tail throws me off. Probably a new river mutant fish.
 

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I think it's a channel cat, the tail gives it away.. but he has been hitting the bass also, check out the scales on the pole. Spotted him 2 days ago on same pole.
 

ivhunter

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Rich,

Saw the scales (& no whiskers).....Hence, the gizzard shad thought.....Average size for gizzard shad is about 2 lbs.

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Good call Steve!! Check out this rear pic, I think I see scales missing... Sir, do gizzard shad swim on top of water skimming the surface? On Saturday I fished the same canal and I could see what I thought were carp scanning top water, maybe it what these G-Shad that I saw? So raptor must be picking them off all easy.
 

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ilovesprig

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Probably Rich......They're a plankton eater.....The problem with them is they out grow their usefulness as a bait fish, unlike threadfin shad.
 
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Probably Rich......They're a plankton eater.....The problem with them is they out grow their usefulness as a bait fish, unlike threadfin shad.
Yup. When I saw the forked tail and size I instantly though gizzard.

You are right about their size Steve. Still great bait for the stripers and big largemouth though, but they can overpopulate pretty quickly I believe.

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Cool pics. Now that’s a real hunter. No binos, no high powered gun. Just a pure natural hunting machine.
 
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On my way in to work this morning I saw a bird dive into the canal along Austin Road near Imperial, I thought it was a seagull at first but when it came back up out of the water it was this guy and he was holding breakfast... he flew right back up to the pole line. I was totally stoked that I finally saw him in action, I had seen an Osprey last year eating a fish but I couldn't get close enough to get a picture. I drove back home and got the camera and was able to get a few picturesView attachment 35423View attachment 35424He noticed me and started to get nervous so I took off and let him enjoy his meal.

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My guess would be a Mullet