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Monday, January 14, 2008

• Pier Fishing; Strange Fish

Cross Lake. Shreveport, Louisiana

I tossed a Mepps Aglia around from the bank and on the pier this afternoon. I didn't catch anything, but boy was the water clear. I haven't seen it that clear in a long time. The water level is also going down. I did snag a good sized branch about 40 feet away and dragged it all the way back and up onto the pier with the BPS Prolite on a ML Finesse rod using 8lb Pline CXX. That speaks to both the strength of the rod and the line.

Now, when I first walked up on the pier, a small fish swam away on my left hand side. I didn't get a good look at it, but I did make out some vague characteristics. It looked black and white and was only five or six inches long and less than an inch and a half wide. The color was mostly dark with two prominent white splotches, almost like a cow. It also swam with a wider side to side motion than a bass or sunfish usually does. Okay, in my mind it could have been one of two things. First, I've seen bass and bream with skin infections that look almost white. It's possible that could have been what I saw. The second possibility might have been a black and white Koi. I know there are lots of stories about Koi swimming around Cross Lake. I've seen an orange one on the north side in some shallow water. I don't know what else it could have been. Any thoughts? Any local Louisiana fish you know that I am not aware of?