Unidentified Shiner - II

by Ted Naydan
(Charlton, NY)

Diawa Hinata's are the rods that I have been using exclusively all year. They are 98% carbon and are just about the finest rod I've ever had in my hands. You hold and manipulate them like a musical conductor in slow motion. This fish came from a small spring fed pond. I've been fishing this pond for over 20 years and this is the only one of this type I've ever caught. It's about two inches long, incredibly silvery, almost like a salt water tarpon or something. Also, it's that extremely forked tail that's throwing me. I have have no idea what this is. If anybody can give me a solid identification of this species, that would be just great. Thanks. Ted

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Aug 03, 2014
Golden Shiner
by: Levi Cain

Hey Ted,
My guess is a Golden Shiner and the tail has been damaged so it looks more deeply forked then it would be if there was nothing wrong with the tail. But I'm not familiar with all the species there in NY so I could be wrong. But it looks like the Golden Shiners I use to catch in NC. Nice catch by the way.

Aug 03, 2014
Damaged tail
by: Chris Stewart

Not sure on the species - the few golden shiners I've caught have been very gold rather than silver - but I have caught a golden shiner with a damaged tail somewhat similar to yours. I agree with Levi that it is most likely damaged rather than just deeply forked.

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