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I caught this Striper that was 30inches long
with a Bloody Tail in the BackBay of OceanCity
the other Night.After I Caught It I did not
notice it,and it seemed that after the wound
hit the air it got much worse....

[ 05-29-2004, 12:20 PM: Message edited by: NIGHTSTRIKES ]
 

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I have never seen anything like that. :eek: :confused:
I?ll bet it is some kind of parasite or bacteria that after exposed to air died and that is what caused the color change. :confused:
It would be interesting if you noticed an odor after awhile. :confused:

[ 05-29-2004, 12:28 PM: Message edited by: capthersch ]
 

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Nightstrikes, I don't know for sure, but that really looks like Physteria(SP?). For the last couple of years we have been catching spawning stripers on the Susquehanna flats with that stuff. Your pic fish looks alot worse than what I've been seeing, but it looks sore like that. I don't know if there is any link between that stuff and fish handling disease or not. I don't handle any stripers that have those sores on them.

I also read a report somewhere online that a state biologist was testing water samples in the back bays around OC and was overcome by some sickness. This was two weeks ago I believe. I haven't heard any follow up on that situation.

I don't want to tell you what to do, but I sure don't have any contact with unhealthy looking fish. Hopefully someone can better shed some light on this problem. Good luck


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Here is what I was talking about in my first post
about these infected Stripers.As evidence in
Bruce's(BGSDAD)Bass caught just last night in
the same spot around OceanCity..
I noticed that the tail was just dis-colored
(No Stripes)and with just a little sore on it....

If Seemed even while we were taking this picture
before we quickly released it back into the
water is was turning bloody in the air...
The result of keeping a Striper with this
type of diseased is in the first picture.

Please
Be Aware and Closely Inspect your Bass before
taking it home to the table or even handling
it before releasing it...

[ 05-30-2004, 06:10 PM: Message edited by: NIGHTSTRIKES ]
 

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Hmmm !!!! Maybe you chould have turned it over to the State Bioligist or F&G for inspection ????------ Just a Thought !! Or Brigantean Has a Seal & Whale rescue center that probably could have put it in a salt water tank till the state picked it up !!! --- Damm Shame !!!--- :( - SG

Sorry Itchy trigger Finger---


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Originally posted by SURF GHOST:
Hmmm !!!! Maybe you chould have turned it over to the State Bioligist or F&G for inspection ????------ Just a Thought !! Or Brigantean Has a Seal & WHale rescue center that probably could have put it in a salt water tank till the state picked it up !!! --- Damm Shame !!!--- :( - SG
 

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go back and look at past posts of stripers caught and pictures were taken of them. skip on the stalker caught a lot of early spring stripers that to me showed more red around fin's then normal.i was going to ask him or jer if there camera was ok then i noticed other pictures that showed it by others.is it like the picture steve showed--no but maybe a couple of you who can pull things up will look then i will know it was just me or pictures always looked that way.
 

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NOT A GOOD SIGN ---STRIKES, MY BUDDY CAUGHT 3 STRIPERS THAT NITE , AND THEY ALL HAD SORES,, HAVEN'T HAD ANY SINCE AND WE HAVE CAUGHT STRIPERS, BUT THEY ALL WERE BAD LOOKING LOOKED LIKE FLESH WAS ROTTING OFF,, NOT CHANGING SPOTS LIKE YOURS ,, WHOA!!!!
 

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Just wanted to add to Strike's post...I caught a striper about a week ago in the Ocean City area as well that had a similar infection......Sorry, didn't have a camera on hand to snap a picture, but this thing was absolutely disgusting......The striper was about 25" and fat, but it was covered in an oozing, bleeding, raw infection (just like the pictures shown in previous posts......Both sides of the fish were affected by this lesion....Also to note, on one side of the fish, there appeared to be a bleeding ulcer/tumor located near the tail, also similar to the picture posted by Nightstrikes. Next time I'll consider contacting NJ F&G; as for this fish, I managed to release it without touching it directly....As said in the above posts, be extremely careful before handling your catch; these lesions are sometimes difficult to see when fishing at night------Mike
 

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It's very common for stripers to have a few sores. They live a tough existence and most of what we see on those fish is nothing more than abrasions. We've always seen these on stripers. I know there's a lot in the press right now about stripers stricken with all sorts of diseases, but most of what we see is OK.

However, Nightstrikes, that "rash" is something I have never seen and it's pretty darn worrisome. I'm curious what you find out.
 

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It seems that although the fish are being caught all over SJ with this infection there seems to be a heavy concentratyion in the OC area. Here are a few things that concern me:

1) Is the OC sewer treatment having a problem or over burdened?

2) Is someone dumping illegally in to the sewer with cleaning solvents, thinners, paint, etc.?

3) Is someone dumping illegally in to the back bay area?

4) With all the dredging and workng on the bridge area is something being stirred up off the bottom?

5) Are there underground fuel tanks leaking nearby?

You got to wonder!!!
 

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Originally posted by Bgsdad:
It seems that although the fish are being caught all over SJ with this infection there seems to be a heavy concentratyion in the OC area. Here are a few things that concern me:

1) Is the OC sewer treatment having a problem or over burdened?

2) Is someone dumping illegally in to the sewer with cleaning solvents, thinners, paint, etc.?

3) Is someone dumping illegally in to the back bay area?

4) With all the dredging and workng on the bridge area is something being stirred up off the bottom?

5) Are there underground fuel tanks leaking nearby?

You got to wonder!!!
So True Bruce,,,,You Got To Wonder......
If yourself,Ronny and Me all picked them up
over the weekend I wonder how many other one's
on the Island were caught ??? and taken home to
the Dinner Table??

I am on a another mission now to find out..... ;)
 

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Its not just SJ its all over. Its worst in the Chesepeake.
 

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I caught one with a bleeding ulcer or what looks like a wound or abrassion, as NJAngler has said that type of "injury" is common. but in your two pictures they look different and as if they could easily spread and take over the fish. I wonder what the difference is to these two types of injuries and has anyone ever experience the broken tail thing??

I guess we need to start wearing latex gloves, when handling our stripers.
 

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IF WE NOTICE AND TALK ABOUT IT DON'T YOU THINK THE DIFFERENT STATES ARE AWARE OF IT? THAT IS WHAT SCARES ME IF THEY KNEW EXACTLY WHAT IT WAS THEY WOULD TELL US UNLESS THEY THOUGHT IT WOULD CREATE A PANIC OR THAT DON'T KNOW WHICH IS NOT GOOD.
 

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Isn't Pecks Bay still closed for shellfish harvesting??? Water samplers from F&G caught some irritation on thier skin while taking water samples.

Any connection???
 

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Originally posted by BIGGESTJACK:
IF WE NOTICE AND TALK ABOUT IT DON'T YOU THINK THE DIFFERENT STATES ARE AWARE OF IT? THAT IS WHAT SCARES ME IF THEY KNEW EXACTLY WHAT IT WAS THEY WOULD TELL US UNLESS THEY THOUGHT IT WOULD CREATE A PANIC OR THAT DON'T KNOW WHICH IS NOT GOOD.
As far as I know they are doing some heavy research in MD and have been for 2 years and dont know why this is occuring. So far they seem to be leaning toward malnutrition but it is not definate.
 
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