You ever hear of Joe Everett? For years he lived on lake mission viejo in cali and was chasing the world record largemouth. Would fish every day during the spawn every year. Well when he got bored he would pick up a spinning rod and the blue hill and redear are just like the bass out there. Huge. Gills and ears that size pictured were normal. He’s a good friend. Unfortunately golden algae ruined the lake about 8 years ago.