interesting scale pattern on a carp

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dj330
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interesting scale pattern on a carp
Caught this carp over the weekend and thought id share. I've never seen one with scales like this. The top and bottom scales were. large and uneven like a mirror carp but the scales down its sides were normal. Anyone else ever catch a mirror like this? Its the first I've seen with partially normal scales. http://i50.tinypic.com/33bct9z.jpg
TheHugbot
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We see that quite often over

We see that quite often over here, I thik it's because all the fish are bred to grow big very quickly so some f them have deformities and mutations. I suppose it coud be some kind of injury it sustained when it was young, or maybe it's justy one of those odd fish you see every now and again. cheeky

dj330
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definately not an injury. i

definately not an injury. i have caught carp with odd patches of scales from injuries before. the scale pattern on this fish was exactly the same on both sides.

pmk00001
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Sweet Carp

In North American carp fishing circles that fish is known as a "muddler."   I think it's probably genetic, they seem to be more common in some places than others, you see alot of them out of the St. Lawrence River.

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I haven't caught any carp

I haven't caught any carp with that pattern, pretty neat.  It's crazy that I see so many people post carp with irregular scale patterns when I have caught so many over my lifetime with just a single mirror as far as I can remember.  Everything else is the typical scale pattern.

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