Rob Lotier, Recreational Angler
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Posted on November 1, 2013 | Permalink
What Happened to the Tail?
Location: South River Near Thomas Point
Is this a diseased rockfish tail? I am sort of new to rockfishing, and thusly not caught "tons" of fish to evaluate this…
I read up a little on mycobacteriosis... and had heard about diseased fish and inspected all my previous fish for infections externally (Bluefish, croakers, etc...) in years past fishing off the coast of Ocean City.
This fish I caught was about 25 inches and shows no sign of any other problems. Although I did not inspect the entrails very thoroughly but did not see any thing weird. I caught it on the South River near Thomas Point while kayak fishing in 10-20 feet of water using a 1/2 once chartreuse jig with a chartruese gulp. The depth of the lure as about 5-8 feet.
I launched out of the Homeport Kayak Launch in AA County. I paddled about 10 miles that day. A beautiful day on the Chesapeake.
DNR Response: Looks like some wear and tear on the tail of that fish; hard to say what is from, but most likely handling by fishermen. It could have occurred from a large mesh landing net or a pound net.