This was a pretty interesting experience. I was standing in ankle deep water and stripped out about 15-20' of line and flopped it out in front of me. The fish hammered the 2-2 1/2" zuddler. When I landed him, I saw something protruding from the fish's mouth. At first I thought it was a deformity, but then recognized the "growth" as a tail. This fish must have been lodged in its mouth for some time for the fish to be this decomposed, but it didn't stop that little cuttie from trying for more.
If I had to guess, the fish was not lodged in the cutthroat's mouth, but rather was regurgitated during the fight or landing. The fish looks partially digested, rather than decayed.....when conducting research on trout diet, trout stomach comments are often collected via gastric levage....often fish in the stomach contents look similar to the one above.