By Pete Robbins

We tend to talk about largemouth bass as if they're all the same, but clearly there are different strains of them. Not just Florida strain and Northern strain, but clearly identifiable genetic footprints specific to one region or waterway.

That's part of what made watching the Bassmaster.com blog from Winyah Bay so interesting to me -- many of the fish that were caught over had a peculiar bug-eyed look to them, almost like some mad scientist mixed a typical Northern largehead with a warmouth or a rock bass. I'm no fish geneticist, nor do I play one on TV, but I thought that was pretty cool.