whittlinden

Stripes on my fish

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Some of the rockfish that I catch are different frome others.The stripes on this fish are not continuous.They are broken up.Would you consider it a hibrid striped bass?????

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I've seen hybrids, definitely look different from your regular rock. I don't think yours are hybrid.

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No, that's a striper. Hybrids are a stockier bodied fish that have more of a white perch or white bass body profile. They are much more football shaped and the lines are usually pretty faint.

Stripers have a slimmer and longer body profile then a hybrid and the stripes are very dark and pronounced. I've heard that broken lines on a striper are because they have hatchery genes in their DNA. Don't know the validity of that but there sure have been quite a few hatchery fish released in the bay over the decades so I'm sure there is some gene mixing between wild and hatchery stripers.

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I've seen similar lineage on other rock mostly on schoolies, I think its a "growing" mark but I see it closer to the tail. That is an odd spot. Don't that diamond Jim thing have a odd strip patern?

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