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Camera angle may be effecting how I see it but tail does not look straight ended.
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Hi Mark, I know what you mean about the tail, it has a slightly 'grilsey' look to it but it is straight edged. It was definitely a trout, the eye is ok where it is just inside the the rear extremity of the maxillary. One good feature of a sea trout up to this size is the black edge to the tail which you can see here, salmon dont have that. A salmon of this size would have a distinctly forked tail. There is slight variation in sea trout and some young sea trout appear forked until the tail is pulled taught.
I readily concede this isnt a typical sea trout, it has the stature of a small tuna! I get the feeling its a young fast growing fish. The relatively small tail and head would suggest so. As for spotting, its extremely variable on sea trout, some are covered in spots and some have only a few. I had a feeling this fish might cause a bit of confusion and there is always the outside chance that its a rare hybrid- if such a thing actually exists.
Didnt know about the black edge, but do now Thanks Cathal.
Hi Mark, Ive just been studying other pics of both sea trout, salmon and brown trout, just studying how reliable it is to go by the eye thing mainly. As far as I can see its tricky enough with photos of fish, using the eye. I know it is described as a straightforward method of differentiation but its hard enough to apply it reliably. In the case of the above fish the mouth is held open under a certain amount of tension and the maxillary is in effect pulled down. In the 2nd pic it gives the impression that the eye is to the rear of the mouth but it actually isnt. I have plenty of pics of brown trout where the same thing is going on. It wouldnt be so on a pic of a live fish with mouth closed.
Going by these 'rules' or guidelines isnt always reliable. On one river I fish many of the salmon have tails which are much more typical of sea trout, ie flat, even slightly convex rear edge. This once lead me to believe I had caught a 15lb sea trout, but it was infact a salmon of a particular strain, typical of a certain river but untypical of most salmo salar. I should scan and post the pic so you can see the 'trout' tail on a salmon.
Odd salmon tail is here Mark-
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