The wife and I went to Old Hickory Wed afternoon to crappie fish for a couple hours and had a blast. We caught 35 and had 11 keepers, HER best was 14.25". I put the fish on ice and cleaned them last night. I found these worm like things in the flesh above the rib cage.I have never seen any thing like these in any of the fish i have ever cleaned. Are they nematodes? Are the fish they came from safe to eat? Any help would be appeciated. Thanks
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that's a nice article CanePole. Don't think I'd be too eager to eat the fish that had the worms!!! Too many to be had that are worm free
Thanks for the info. I threw out the two fish they were in. Luckily they were in our smallest 2 keepers. They were both males about 10.5". Didn't want to take any chances.
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Quote from the Article:
Relationship to Humans:
The Big Red Worm is not usually a problem for humans, but they can be infected. There is a case where three fishermen became infected after eating their bait (minnows). They had to have surgery to remove the nematodes
You will catch a few a year on Old Hickory with those things. The more you fish OHL you will sooner or later encounter a few more nasty oddities such as jelly-like blisters/lesions around the forward half of the fish and black "spots" in the meat of some fish once cleaned. The black spots are worms too if you dig one out. The jellyish lesions are some sort of bacterial infection that the TWRA swears is not harmful to humans. All I know is 100% of fish with that stuff get tossed back regardless of size cause I don't want to take any chance of getting a worm or having one of those lesions pop up on my forehead. I can only imaging trying to explain that to my girlfriend.
I fish OHL a lot during the post-spawn up until deer season, but I carefully inspect each fish I clean out of that lake. I have stopped frog gigging out there altogether because of the presence of those worms in around 75% of all bullfrogs I come across.
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i don't know but was always told that 375 degree oil will kill anything. but i'm with you, to many out there to chance anything.