Buffalo, Black

<p>This one blows my mind. I didn&#39;t even know what I had until much later on. I was excited to see what I thought was a smallmouth buffalo on the end of my line when I brought him out of the water, since I had never caught one before. What I didn&#39;t realize is that I had misidentified this fish, which as Josh pointed out is actually none other than a BLACK FREAKING BUFFALO... It can be difficult to tell the difference between a young black buffalo and a smallmouth buffalo, but after much discussion I believe he is correct and I submit this fish to the contest (and my lifelist!!) as such.</p> <p>In the photos below, Josh helped correctly ID this fish. I humbly submit the photos with keys and explainations lending evidence for this fish being a black buffalo and not a smallmouth buffalo as I had originally thought. This fish was caught in the Kaskaskia River at Carlyle Dam, IL, while fishing a double curly tail jig rig, with small J hooks armed with translucent green grubs intended for silver and bighead carp. I have also caught bigmouth buffalo on this rig before, and have seen smallmouth buffalo also come out on jigs. I have seen Josh bring up foul-hooked fish like this one (but much bigger) before in the same place, it proved that black buffalo are indeed there. Being a Carlyle fish, it was not very pretty and is covered in wounds like most of the buffalo there which doesn&#39;t make for great photos, but even so I will definitely take it!!!!! &nbsp;</p> <p>KEYS:</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><font color="#4b4f56"><font face="inherit"><font style="font-size: 9pt"><span style="background: #f1f0f0">1. First ratio is Standard length (SL) to body depth (BD) Standard length is tip of nose to the rear edge of the hypural plate. Body depth is the body height at the tallest point to the belly. T</span></font></font></font><span style="color: rgb(75, 79, 86);">he ratio of Black buffalo BD to SL is (0.29-0.38 to 1.0) Smallmouth buffalo ratio of BD to SL of (0.36-0.42 to 1.0)</span></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="color: rgb(75, 79, 86);">THIS FISH</span><span style="background-color: rgb(241, 240, 240); font-size: 9pt; font-family: inherit; color: rgb(75, 79, 86);">&nbsp;has a BD to SL of <strong>0.33 to 1.0 - comfortably in black buffalo range</strong></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in;">2. Here is the same fish photoshopped to be &quot;squished&quot; into the BD to SL ratio of an average smallmouth buffalo. It changes the way the fish looks drastically and looks much more like a smallmouth buffalo that way even though its head is different.&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in;">3.&nbsp;<span style="background-color: rgb(241, 240, 240); color: rgb(75, 79, 86); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; white-space: pre-wrap;">E. Eye to upper gill cover (E-UGC)</span></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="background-color: rgb(241, 240, 240); color: rgb(75, 79, 86); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; white-space: pre-wrap;">D. Eye to Preopercle (E-PC) </span></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="background-color: rgb(241, 240, 240); color: rgb(75, 79, 86); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; white-space: pre-wrap;">F. Eye diameter </span></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="background-color: rgb(241, 240, 240); color: rgb(75, 79, 86); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; white-space: pre-wrap;">G. Maxillary length. </span></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="background-color: rgb(241, 240, 240); color: rgb(75, 79, 86); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; white-space: pre-wrap;">H. mouth angle</span></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="color: rgb(75, 79, 86);">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;(E. vs D. E-PC (D.) is noticeably shorter than E-UGC (E.))</span></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="color: rgb(75, 79, 86);">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;(F. vs G. Eye diameter (F.) nearly half the size of Maxillary length (G.))</span></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="color: rgb(75, 79, 86);">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;(H. Mouth subterminal at 44 degrees)</span></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="color: rgb(75, 79, 86);">4. In the straight on photo below,&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; background-color: rgb(241, 240, 240); font-size: 9pt; color: rgb(75, 79, 86);">You can see it lacks the keel on its back. And the angle of the mouth and mouth size is clear as are the large lips that have difficulty rectracting.</span></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="color: rgb(75, 79, 86);">5. Finally, the last photo is a good</span><span style="font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; color: rgb(75, 79, 86);">&nbsp;example of a younger black buffalo from john Lyons. Showing the sub terminal mouth.</span></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in;">What a month this has been so far... the river gods are indeed smiling on me this year!</p>
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Comments

Graceclaw's picture

I can't believe you caught both other types of buff before Smallmouth! That blows my mind.

What an awesome catch. You are having an amazing month - keep up the good work, and keep having this much fun!

Gary's picture

I know, right? I will be the first to admit, this was a total stroke of freakish luck. I knew these were in there but never for a second thought I'd catch one. I was sorting through silver carp trying for bigheads when this happened. A little later on I had another HUGE buffalo on that came right up to the net but freaked out and broke the damn hook off when he turned and ran. It might not be pretty at that dam, but man there are a LOT of fish...

Do not meddle in the affairs of BAGMAN, for thou art crunchy and good with Old Bay seasoning...

 

Dr Flathead's picture

Well shit man, at least you still get to try for that lifer Smallmouth with a bottom rig afterall.  And the way this contest is going for you you'll probably get one before June is over.  Nice catch dude and congrats!

Gary's picture

Crazy thing is, later that week I DID catch my lifer smallmouth buffalo on a bottom rigged worm out of the Missouri River!!!! This fish was caught on Tuesday morning and the smallmouth was caught on Saturday night. A lifer black and a lifer smallmouth within four and a half days of one another!!! I'm going to go get a bigmouth to complete the June hat trick and then die of exhaustion.

Do not meddle in the affairs of BAGMAN, for thou art crunchy and good with Old Bay seasoning...

 

Carp Chaser's picture

sick catch Gary!

"There's always a bigger fish"