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Some initial footage...
I made a GoPro rig and took it to a local river this morning to film fish since there won't be fishing on it this year.
Shot at ultra wide angle setting.
Very surprised at the number of fish in there, round and healthy too!
It will be interesting to see if the numbers and size would improve on next summer if there would still be a next opener. Poaching will take it's toll despite the closure I'm sure.
 

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They eat much the same things as trout though they can be longer lived than many trout. What you captured on the video was a school of spawning fish that likely migrated from a larger body of water (lake or large main stem river) where it is not uncommon to aggregations of hundreds if not thousand. That concentration you are seeing are associated with that spawning and likely are at artificially high levels as they concentrate from a wider area.

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Curt's the king. If you stop the video at :19, you can get a pretty good look at a fish swooping in from the left. I think it more closely resembles Curt's ID of a spawning peamouth chub. That dark upper with a dark lateral line that drops lower on the fish and tapers off is more characteristic of a peamouth chub than a sucker, I think.

I initially thought sucker, too. I know I've been walking above a stream and nearly shit my waders thinking I've spotted a summer run steelhead in a tailout only to get a better angle and spot the dark lateral line of a sucker
 

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The red/orange strip on the peamouth develops as the fish near spawning. If you look closely at the video you will see that some of the fish are beginning to develop that red band indicating that spawning is not too far away. That also helps to determine whether the fish were peamouth or suckers. Also the fish in questions "schooled" like trout and not at all like suckers.

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This thread is a joke, I come here for fashion reports and hypothetical questions about changing thread titles.....

What a waste of time.;)
 
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