Caught this bass last fall off Island beach state park. The mid section had no scales and felt like smooth skin. Pretty cool none the less. as released given the fact that she must have over came a vicious attack from another fish.[/QUOTE
Looks like the beginning of a bacterial infection.
It was only on the one side of the fish.
Hope this pic works - is this what you're talking about? Or are you talking about something you notice without slicin her up?? This fish showed no ill signs from the exterior.Net is an idea, but did the mark go all the way around? I've seen that a few times in the past and most of the time, there is a tumor on the spine near the forward part of the mark. I release any bass with really weird markings now because I wont eat the meat from a sick fish, nor will I give it to my customers.