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Yeah, the really big spots get a huge gut, but stay thin around the head and tail. Look around for the pic of the world record that came out of Pine Flat a few years ago. It looked like it had a thin body, but it had swallowed a watermelon. It was so big that it looked really distorted. It was an awesome fish. I can't imagine catching a spot over 10 pounds.

Digging that picture of those spots up made me want to head back to Shasta! April/May on Shasta with a Super Spook can be some dynamite fishing!
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You are not kidding, they seem to grow wider faster then they can grow long....kinda like me they look funky but its a sight to see. A ten pounder would be insane!


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Here's a pic of the WR spot with its big gut.



I'd love to get a hook into one like that. The tail doesn't look much bigger than the tail you would see on a 4-5 pound spot, but that gut is huge! Kind of like my gut. I haven't seen too many LM that look that out of proportion, but it seems to be pretty common with big spots, even outside of spawning time.
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Man that is a killer fish!


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dam that is nice. i prolly have caught em and jus not realized. was one of those it fought like it was a much bigger fish, only to be disappointed when you haul it out of the water.

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Here's what I posted on the BNT (calfishing) forum a couple years ago in a thread about spots when asked this question:

"How do you guys tell if those are spots just from the pics?"

"Mitch, to me spots just look different than largemouths. Spots are built longer and thinner with skinny tail sections. Their tails seem more like a smallmouth's with a longer/wider V shape. Theresa's day one fish is definitely a spot but now that I look again her day two big fish looks more like a largemouth but that could be due to the angle to the camera. Big spots look like their skin is lean and stretched tight while big largemouths look fatter and softer. In human terms, spots are like a skinny guy with a gut and largemouths are more like regular old fat guys. No offense to any readers of this forum..."

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maybe they fight harder cause the way there tail is shaped its more aerodynamic that and they are just hearty little bass turds
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