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    Sick trout

    Greeting and salutation all,

    I had a good day today! Unlike the illustrious beetle, I was on a regular trout stream and caught some large fish, two of them over 16".

    One made me nervous and I wondered if I should have killed it. He (or she) looked sick.
    The first thing I noticed was a lesion on its side and then I got a look at the jaw. Is there a fish herpes? There was a large wound looking abrasion that was rather fuzzy. The whole fish, rather than looking shiny, appeared kind of fuzzy.Sick trout-3-2a.jpgSick trout-3-3b.jpg

    The fish put up a very good fights and despite my taking the time to take pictures took back to the water enthusiastically.

    Any idea what these wounds are? Should I kill fish like these in the future?

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    Re: Sick trout

    If a fish is that size and appears to be healthy in terms of it's vigor and recovery, why kill it? Would you have eaten it had you killed it? If the answer is no, and there are no documented cases of a particular strain of disease with the recommendation to kill when found, I say let nature takes it's course. I would have released the fish as you did.


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    Re: Sick trout

    if u were fishing at the pequest like ur avitar shows then it makes sense..lots of those fish are mutated..too much inbreeding..i dont agree with ever killing a fish under those circumstances..after u let it go u said it swam away fine..i would be more worried about a new net.


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    Re: Sick trout

    I just pissed myself ahahahahaha

    I too nailed him on that picture...The picture (avatar) is taken about 40 yards upstream of the spillway..directly infront of the guy standing directly in the middle of the run, there is a large flat rock sticking out of the water.


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    if u were fishing at the pequest like ur avitar shows then it makes sense..lots of those fish are mutated..too much inbreeding..i dont agree with ever killing a fish under those circumstances..after u let it go u said it swam away fine..i would be more worried about a new net.


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    Re: Sick trout

    Indeed, that pic is just where you put it. Great day in the snow, where else to go in such weather? And yes, I do need a new net. I have mended it many a time. Just like my vest - I like things I have had forever and have a hard time letting them go.

    The fish, however, was caught on the musky.

    By the way, it is "your," not "ur" or "you're."


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    Re: Sick trout

    ABSOLUTELY! Im not ashamed I fish the PEquest, and neither should you! I fucking fish beads for christ sake.


    What time were you there today? I left at 12pm after my bad knee popped out of its socket and I went crashing down in the water just below the bridge...


    Quote Originally Posted by PortMurrayAgn View Post
    Indeed, that pic is just where you put it. Great day in the snow, where else to go in such weather? And yes, I do need a new net. I have mended it many a time. Just like my vest - I like things I have had forever and have a hard time letting them go.

    The fish, however, was caught on the musky.

    By the way, it is "your," not "ur" or "you're."


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    Re: Sick trout

    I was not on the pequest. I was on the musconetcong, near penwell, below the damn. No shame in fishing anywhere in my book. I came home for lunch with thoughts of heading out at dusk again, but fell asleep until 8. Looking forward to going again in the morning.

    There is a great little turn off that makes me feel like I know a secret spot. Too bad some asshole dumped two deer carcasses there. Can I harvest the deer hair for tying? The two forelegs are cleanly busted off, if I had a gun I would take them for a mount.


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    Re: Sick trout

    Quote Originally Posted by Simms View Post
    ABSOLUTELY! Im not ashamed I fish the PEquest, and neither should you! I fucking fish beads for christ sake.


    What time were you there today? I left at 12pm after my bad knee popped out of its socket and I went crashing down in the water just below the bridge...
    I feel u man.. Knee problems suck.. especially when wading in water thats cold as shit. I have under developed ligiments in my knees and im constantly in pain whenever i fish in winter or the West branch.

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    Re: Sick trout

    What's the difference between a mallard with a cold and you, trebek?

    For the love of god mr connery, i dont know.


    One's a sick duck and the other...well...I forget how it goes! but your mother's a whore trebek!
    

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    Re: Sick trout

    Quote Originally Posted by PortMurrayAgn View Post
    I was not on the pequest. I was on the musconetcong, near penwell, below the damn. No shame in fishing anywhere in my book. I came home for lunch with thoughts of heading out at dusk again, but fell asleep until 8. Looking forward to going again in the morning.

    There is a great little turn off that makes me feel like I know a secret spot. Too bad some asshole dumped two deer carcasses there. Can I harvest the deer hair for tying? The two forelegs are cleanly busted off, if I had a gun I would take them for a mount.
    you should have been fishing flesh flies then.

    ---------- Post added at 11:12 AM ---------- Previous post was at 11:12 AM ----------

    i must appologize for my english..UR RITE. PEQUEST BOY

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simms View Post
    I just pissed myself ahahahahaha

    I too nailed him on that picture...The picture (avatar) is taken about 40 yards upstream of the spillway..directly infront of the guy standing directly in the middle of the run, there is a large flat rock sticking out of the water.
    I swear that guy standing on the shore is a fuckin statue. any day anytime of the year sumone stands there..wonder if its the same guy..maybe hes waitin for hendricksons to start.

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    Re: Sick trout

    Simms,

    That pic was taken below (not blow) the spillway, down stream (not icecream) from the island. I took the pic for PortMurray. It was a cold day in January.

    Nice job on the trout in the Musky Trout Conservation Area. Never kill them unless you plan on eating them. Good question though.


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    Re: Sick trout

    Hard to tell what was wrong with that fish, but as others said, there are no known trout diseases in NJ, so it was likely either mishandled by another angler or was grabbed by some other predator.

    BTW - the trout were rising like mad directly across from your house Saturday afternoon and smashing my black elk hair caddis. I can't remember ever having so much consistent dry fly action all winter as this winter!!! The LBS were egg laying and trout were up on them in a big way. Bring in the spring hatches, I've knocked the rust off my dry fly fishing in a big way and I've barely found any time to fish lately.

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