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Been surffishing stoneharbor area, 3 out 4 bass are messed up, humps, stub tails, big heads, gill plates hanging out, lumps on thier heads, anybody else catching bass like that? Something is going on, Anybody got any info?

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Been surffishing stoneharbor area, 3 out 4 bass are messed up, humps, stub tails, big heads, gill plates hanging out, lumps on thier heads, anybody else catching bass like that? Something is going on, Anybody got any info?

 

Hey there John,

 

you know,I used to see what our group of fisherman call hospital schools.

it was never bass though it was always bluefish,this was years back 78-85 lots of folks were catching fish that had gillnet marks,humps,scapes,torn tails ect.

I have caught bass with a hump or huge heads and long,thin bodies or they were so short and so thick that you would think they could not swim.

maybe these fish have taken refuge in the area you`re fishing or just passing through.

 

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John, Are they new wounds on young fish or are they older fish that got messed up at a young age and grew up with the deformity.

We had a fish weighed in last week at about 15# that had a lump by the thin section where the tail begins to spread.

The fish was filleted and even the meat by the bone was lumped inside. This was obviously a wound that this fish grew up with from a young age.

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Maybe they all have visited Peck Bay behind OCNJ:

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 14, 2004

 

 

Contact: Elaine Makatura

(609) 292-2994

 

 

DEP CLOSES SHELLFISH BEDS IN PECK BAY

 

(04/53) TRENTON--- Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Bradley M. Campbell today ordered the closure of Peck Bay in Cape May County to shellfish, finfish and crab harvesting.

 

This is a precautionary closure while the DEP investigates reports of skin irritation, odors and discoloration from the water and sediment in Peck Bay.

 

Water samples collected and assessed by the DEP Bureau of Marine Water Monitoring have not detected toxic phytoplankton species.

 

The waters will be closed until the department can assess and analyze additional sediment samples.

 

Please do what NightStrike suggested in the following post:

 

Ok, I have been in touch with The

Principal Fisheries Biologist at

the Bureau of Marine Fisheries concerning

these Striped Bass with some kind of infection,

disease,sores etc.that we have been catching

especially around the OceanCity Area....

 

And Here's What Was Told To Me,And

What We Can Do If We Catch Another One

in order to find out what is causing this....

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Steve:

 

Our fish pathologist would be able to examine any diseased stripers

that you provide.

Fresh (on ice) specimens would be best (preferred), but frozen are

acceptable for bacteriology.

 

He looked at the pictures you had and made the following comments:

" I really don't have any idea what it might be from looking at the

pictures.

The bloody tail looks like either mechanical damage or a bacterial

infection,

but the smaller, more focal lesion might have been caused by

parasites.

It would be difficult to find external parasites from a frozen

sample,

particularly if they were something small like protozoans".

 

If you are willing to provide a sample(s),

we would need to work out the logistics.

If you catch a fish on a Friday, freeze it,

because the earliest we could deal with it would be Monday.

Otherwise, put it on ice and call us (609) 749-2020.

Our summer help has not started and

many permanent staff are in the field or away at meetings, but,

we should be able to come down and pick the sample up.

The pathologist is at the Pequest Hatchery is in Oxford, NJ Warren

County,

so it will take someone most of a day to drive up and drive back.

 

When collecting a diseased fish for a sample:

 

1) make sure it is of legal size (I can not authorize you to take

sub-legal fish for samples).

 

2) get it on ice right away.

 

3) wear latex or nitrile gloves to prevent contact with skin.

 

4) record: date, time and location fish was caught; length, your

name and phone number.

 

5) contact us as soon as possible

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John, I fish the Stone Harbor area daily and have heard alot of Bass in the area have bleeding tails and lesions. I caught four bass today and two last night and they were all clean.

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Sorry to hear about that. I actually care about the fish, maybe a bit too much lol, but I hate to hear of this stuff.

 

Luckily, all the fish I've caught so far here in NH have been very healthy looking. I always try to give them a good look over while chatting with them before putting them back in.

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