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post #1 of 27
Thread Starter 
Looking for info on Spotted Sea Trout with worms. When do the fish have worms? And are they harmful? There are some nice fish all over the Indian River now, but I am reluctant to keep any due to this worm question.
post #2 of 27
They're called shark worms and they aren't harmful, but there's no way of knowing if a fish has them without killing it. That's why I haven't kept a trout in over a decade. Black drum and sheepshead also have them occasionally.
post #3 of 27
Also called Spaghetti worms...white in color and they are pretty easy to see,
just grab them and pull them out
or cook them with the fish...hell some people don't even bother pulling them out, because they have no taste..

No Human has ever die from eating one, if you really think about some of the
other crap we eat...these little worms are nothing

Needless to say i havent eaten too many fish from the drum family, and yes a trout belongs to the drum family
post #4 of 27
Generally the chance of getting one with worm is 50/50. I thought winter trout has no worms but I was wrong. They are still there but your chance of having a wormless fillet is better during the winter.
post #5 of 27
Thread Starter 
Guys, Thank you for your replies. You answered all my questions. I think I'll just have fun catching these babies, so long as I have other fish in my freezer.
post #6 of 27
I've caught black drum with those when I lived down there...and since I moved up to MA, I discovered cod can have these two...especially in summer months. Regarding the cod, mates on the boats say if you cook the fish with the worms still in them, they'll just evaporate.

As a side note, too bad they don't offer the same effects as tequilla worms
post #7 of 27
When I went black drum fishing one time, four of us caught total 16 of them. And every 1 of 4 drums had so many worms that literally it will make you puke....

When I found one or two, I just pulled them out of fillet and ate them but when a whole fillet is filled with those spaghetti worms, I just threw that fish away... I mean I know the spaghetti worms dont cause harms on human but it seriously looked really really....uh...Nasty....

Ok so my opinion is if there are only few of them, just pulled them out like Drako said. Its fine. But if a fish is literally filled with those worms, I would say throw it away... It will make you lose your appetite...

Hope this helped.
post #8 of 27
Not to say trout/ reds in this area do not have worms, no one has reported any thing, will contact a few on local web site and get back on this
post #9 of 27
Last year I decided to try one. Poor thing was infested with worms. I wont be doing that anymore.

Amberjack have them on occassion as well.
post #10 of 27
Talked with Couple Guides and they state No Problem in eating them ,like said 50/50 I would go for it myself
post #11 of 27
Originally Posted by Terogator View Post
Last year I decided to try one. Poor thing was infested with worms. I wont be doing that anymore.

Amberjack have them on occassion as well.

Yo Sheriff you getting any Pompano over your way yet, seen that 90 lb Cobia caught last week, they have caught a few 25lb here in Big Bend (Pin Fish)
post #12 of 27
Al, in Texas, maybe 1 out of every 5 trout. More in black drum, and the bigger they get, the more chance of having worms. Never seen them in reds.

Hope all is well.
post #13 of 27
If you guys have ever eaten trout/drum/redfish before now....more then
likely you have eaten worms and never even knew it

Taste like chicken...
post #14 of 27
Wahoo sometimes have some and larger Amberjacks do too. I don't keep a Black Drum over 4 pounds and even then I find some. Larger Black Drum are usually infested. Gag Grouper have worms occasionally but not nearly as bad as Reds.
post #15 of 27
Seatrout Worms
But the presence of parasites is no reason not to eat fish
Although not widely discussed, most animals, including fish, are host to a variety of parasites.
Parasites rarely kill the host fish, but may weaken individuals or make consumption of the flesh less appealing. One of the most-common parasites seen locally is the so-called spaghetti worm, found in spotted seatrout. This white worm is really the larval stage of a tapeworm that infests sharks. As with many other parasites, the life cycle of this worm is amazingly complicated.
The adult tapeworm is up to eight inches long and lives in the guts of sharks. Like other tapeworms, it attaches to the stomach with sharp hooks and takes nourishment from the host. Eggs from the adult worm are passed into seawater where they hatch into tiny free-swimming larvae.
If the larvae are eaten by a small shrimp-like animal called a copepod, the larvae transform into the next life stage. The copepod in turn is eaten by baitfish, which is then eaten by spotted seatrout.
Once the larval worm is in the trout, it burrows from the digestive tract into the trout's flesh. Here it may live for several years. The life cycle is completed when a shark eats the trout and becomes host to the adult worm.
Spotted seatrout seem to develop a resistance to the worm which limits the amount of infestation. Studies have shown that in general, large, older fish have no more worms than small, younger fish. Fish from high-salinity waters often have more worms than those from low-salinity waters. Generally, spotted seatrout only have two to four worms per fish, but in filleting the fish, the worms are cut to pieces, giving the appearance of many more worms.
While the worms are not appealing, there is no reason not to eat the fish. The worms may be removed easily. Many fishermen do not even bother. The worms are killed by cooking and become unnoticeable. For those who need further reassurance, there is no record of human infection from this parasite.
Fish in general are host to many different kinds of parasites. Only a few can be transmitted to humans. Nevertheless, it is always a good practice to cook fish, despite the recent interest in eating raw fish.

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