Black Bullhead/Brown

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Deftik
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Black Bullhead/Brown

Those of you who remember my year in review may remember that what I thought was a brown bullhead, was proven to be a black bullhead by the members here. I headed back to the spot that provides these behemoths on a regular basis to bring back better pictures, i'm flagbergasted to say the least that i've been ignorant to the fact that I was catching black bullheads all these years, while literally catching almost no browns (what I thought I had 100s of). So I took a little bit better pictures, we counted the fins and it puts it in black territory but I wanted to see if the members here agreed, definately black out of its "native range"?

 

J Dunfee
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I don't know dude, that looks

I don't know dude, that looks a lot like a Brown Bullhead to me.

TonyS
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looks brown to me...

your ones from last year were blacks but this looks like a brown to me. no cresent, light-to-dark barbels, brown bullhead "general look," and I count 20 anal rays.  I would say that is your native brown, not the black invader.  Though I do think the hybridize on a occasion.

Deftik
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Hmmm I feared this would

Hmmm I feared this would happen, looks like I'm going fishing with field manuals

Your momma fishes for lifers with Eagle Claws.
Deftik
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I presume the bottom 3 of

I presume the bottom 3 of these are all browns too? If thats the case I think our previously identified "black" bullhead was the product of a bad iphone camera picture, since I've fished it all my life and that fish looked the same as all the browns of the past, plus its not within their range, possibly a hybrid.

Your momma fishes for lifers with Eagle Claws.
D.T.
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I know what kinda bullies

I know what kinda bullies them are.  HUGE ONES!

Corey
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Definitely

Brown bullheads there, no question, not sure about the previous ones though.

Deftik
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Ok, so all bullheads past and

Ok, so all bullheads past and present have been browns as I previously thought here is a picture of the bullhead in question like I said, to me it seemed like all of the fish in the past, I have been targeting these guys a big portion of my life, i think what caused the confusion was merely a bad picture. I think there are enough pictures of my ugly mug on this thread to last everyone a lifetime!

Your momma fishes for lifers with Eagle Claws.
J Dunfee
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Ya dude, Browns.. HUGE ones.

Ya dude, Browns.. HUGE ones. Keep postin em, I love me some big bullheads!

TonyS
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interesting

I still get 18 anal rays on that suspect fish, which would suggest a Black.  The "cresent" on that one could easily be a issue with flash or image quality.  I dunno - it is either a Black, a hybrid, or a strange Brown.  I imagine all are possible but if it is the only suspect Bully from that spot then maybe it is just a deviation from the norm...

 

Either way image quality is part of the issue but something still isn't quite right about it.

Mike B
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Whatever they are. Those are

Whatever they are. Those are some great bullheads Deftik.

mike b

Hengelaar
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Dunno bout dem bullies...

But I dig the TOOL shirt!

Fishn sure is neat

roughfish29
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^ what he said

^ what he said

TonyS
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ditto

ditto