I pulled this cutbow out of a sewage drain top shelf waterway not long ago:
It smacked a streamer like a freight train, and was quite the tugger. Chunky as well, which shocked me when I looked at its right side – a clearly deformed mouth and gill plate. Didn’t seem to matter to this fish (it took off like a bat out of hell on release too), but I’m curious…has anyone ever seen a face like that?
Is this a genetic abnormality, or an environmental issue? Or maybe the fish just tangled with a nasty predator, got away, and now has the scars to show for it?