Hi- I just back from a trip out to the desert outside Barstow.
I belong to a private waterski lake (man-made) and it is shallow-
the deepest portion being 6'.
While driving my boat I noticed a huge fish floating near the surface and not moving much. I got into the water and once I was next to him I saw that he had a hook embedded between his gill and pectoral fin area.
He barely protested as I removed it. I was holding him when a friend took this picture. I tried moving him through the water to get him "going" and he slowly (very slowly) swam off.
I've sent this photo to a couple of friends and they all ask, "Is that real or is it fake?" I was wondering if anyone knew what type of fish this is and approx. how old? The lake was dug 20 years ago and the owner told me they stocked it with a dozen or so "fish" (he didn't know what) so that the algae/weeds would be kept at bay.
Is he going to make it? I'd like to think he'll be there the next trip I take out there. Other than removing the hook is there something else I should have done??