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    AP- Alaska Department of Fish and Game are keeping mum on their newest hatchery project, but information is beginning to leak out. One rumored project involves breeding for better eyesight. It may involve crossing species, or just selecting the best genetic strain for eyesight. The following snippet from an interagency memo was uncovered: "It will see better in murky conditions, being able to forage in blown out or silty streams."

    Genetic manipulation of several Alaskan fish species is rumored to be occurring, but until now, nothing has been found that can substantiate the rumors. Some residents are excited by the possibilities.
    "If they can see better in the dark, they would bite a lot better in the winter, when its dark more than its light," says Pal Meran, a local fisherman.

    It is uncertain how the department is creating these rumored Frankenfish, but recent photographs from an unnamed Valley Lake seem to verify their existence.
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    I highly doubt they're fiddling w/ projects of this nature. I think its just rumor, I cannot imagine they have the green light to dink around w/ fish stocks. Theres way to many diseases and anomalies that could be catastrophic.
    I would hope not anyway leave that kind of science to the kiwis so they can contain the monsters they create in NZ

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    With that dark head I would think the "pop eyes" are a result of an injury. If it is a hatchery product, looks like a gas supersaturation issue.

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    anybody feeling a tug on their leg here?

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    Is that a fish fungus? Any fish biologists what to chime in? This is the second photo of a fish that I have seen posted on the forum that had this look.

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    Quote Originally Posted by saltwatertom View Post
    anybody feeling a tug on their leg here?
    BINGO! I really don't think Fish and Game is manipulating fish in the hatcheries in this manner, though I'm sure there's one guy somewhere who would buy the theory. The fish had a reddish lesion on the side facing the camera, entire head was black and very lumpy, but the most unusual feature was the protruding eyes. It really did resemble a pop-eyed goldfish! Its body was very healthy, fat and regular color, about 16,17" long. So far from what I can find, its likely a virus or bacterial infection.

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    Default Here is the real scoop!

    I was in on this genetic project from it's initiation. That fish is one of the early prototype char-steelhead crosses. Don't believe it? Run a magnet across it's head and you'll understand.

    You'll get many more hits on 'em with a Lujon lure made from neodymium magnetic material than that woolly bugger. The dark blue neodymium Lujon is my favorite.

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    just wandering?

    where were the so called frankinfish caught?

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    My guess is brain or orbital tumor.

    Tumor growth literally pushed the eyes outta the socket, causing bilateral proptosis.

    Been known to happen in humans....

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    lol. Cute girls! The fish came outta Finger; in retrospect I probably should have kept it for a necropsy, but really didn't want to spend more time around it than I had to. I think you're probly right, doc, cause other than a very funky looking head, it was a very healthy fish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lazer View Post
    Don't believe it? Run a magnet across it's head and you'll understand.
    what effect does a magnet have on a steelhead/this frankinfish?????
    I Wish i could change my name to Shimano, because i recently started hating Ambassdor Abu_Garcia.

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    been trolling much lately?
    I choose to fly fish, not because its easy, but because its hard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Abu_Garcia View Post
    what effect does a magnet have on a steelhead/this frankinfish?????
    Abu: It was a weak attempt at humor. As you well know steelhead heads are not made from an iron alloy and thus are not magnetic....

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    lol its been a long day at work
    I Wish i could change my name to Shimano, because i recently started hating Ambassdor Abu_Garcia.

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    Default eyeballs

    That fish probably got "bumped" as it was being pumped out of the raceway. Happens all the time.

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    Wink

    i thinks its the rare species charlio cameleono!
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    Quote Originally Posted by 900fusion View Post
    I think its the rare species Charholio cameleono!
    There... fixed it for ya!
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    Thumbs up

    thanks lol!
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    Default Rainbutthead trout

    caught in a valley lake
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