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Leatherjacket fish BEWARE

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Anyone here ever heard of a Leatherjacket fish? While throwing my cast net I caught why I thought was a Pogie. It was a little shorter than a Pogie and was really slimy feeling. As I went to pull it out it stuck me. I think it was one of its bottom fins. TOU TALK ABOUT BURN?!?! I figured it would be like a catfish and go away in a few mins. Here it is over 2 hours later and my thumb is still swollen up and it still burns like I was just stuck a few mins ago. This is by far worse than a stingray or catfish!! Ended up going to my wife's work an hour after it happened and they dug a small piece out along with Benadryl, Advil and I had a pain pill for my back.
It did seem like warm water took some of the burn out of it. Unfortunately someone kicked the fish back in before I could snap a pic of it. Anyone else have a run in with one of these fish before? Any remedies?
Btw the shrimp have slowed down some. Only caught 1/2 a 64qt with the cast net. Left due to pain with thumb.

Edited. Found the proper name for fish
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leatherjacks
Was it this fish? I have heard about them before, never caught one and honestly don't want to. Hope your hand gets better, a friend of mine had that happen years back and it took a couple of days for that pain to go away.
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Yup
That's him. He was 3-4 in long. Looked like a Pogie. Guys BEWARE. I've been stuck by stingrays and catfish and it doesn't even compare to what this fish did. Burning a gone today but it's still swollen and somewhat painful.
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ouch
did you at least show him who got the last laugh?
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interesting info on Leatherjacket fish
Traditionally, the leather jacket has not been eaten, however recently with large scale farming of the fish, it has become a common fish at market. The fish has a mild oily taste similar to spanish mackerel or bluefish.
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jack
All jacks have the two free anal spines, be it a pompano, crevalle, or leatherjacket. There are nothing special about the spines.
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Small
This one was small. Only 3-4 inches. I caught it in cast net while catching shrimp. I mistook it for a Pogie.
Actually I left it in net and ran to truck for some pain meds and bleach just in case vibrio was around. When I came back I wanted to take a pic of it before smashing it into the concrete but one of the guys thought he was helping by getting it ou of net and throwing it bac.
These fish are mostly found in Florida. This was the first time I have ever seen one here. Just wanted to give everyone a heads up in cvse anyone runs across one. Don't want anyone else to join the 'Leatherjacket Alumni' Club.
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Names
Other names are skipjack, shoemaker and crazyfish. I can think of some 4 letter words to call em too
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4 lettter words
Oh I can just imagine what would come flying outta my mouth if I got stuck LOL
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Leatherjacket
Welcome to the club Henry. I was hit by one years ago while cast netting for pogies. The pogies were slow that day so I decided it looked like a decent bait so I grabbed it to add to the bait well. I'm not sure how far i threw it after it gave me the dose, but it didn't end up in the bait well and I ended up back at the camp. No way I could hold a rod. Never touched another one
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common
I've seen these a lot. I can remember as a kid, catching little ones by the hundreds in the surf off grand isle, while throwing the cast net for pogies. I know your pain, and they can get to be really annoying.....also they make terrible bait...
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A Calva
A Calva I'm not sure if you've ever met one of these fish in person but I can assure you these fish do carry some sort of poison/venom/toxin from what I've read. This is the end of day 2 and the pain in my arm is gone but fingers STILL sore and swollen.
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more info on leatherjacket
Here is a website with pictures:

http://fishidentificationblog.blogspot.com/2012/09/leatherjacket-fishskipjackleather-jack.html

and an excellent discussion on their sting

http://www.thehulltruth.com/sportfishing-charters-forum/76797-yellowjacket-fish.html

They have 4-6 spines in front of the soft dorsal fin rays, and 3-5 lower spines located in front of lower soft fin rays. They are like hypodermic needles covered with slime and very painful.

Thanks for the post. I had never heard of this fish. One of the top 5 useful posts of the year.
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ouch...
I keep pure pine oil in my boat while running hoop nets, for when a catfish sticks me. It will really help the sting, Wonder if it would work on that lil' fake pogie.... ?
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Re: Leatherjacket fish BEWARE
My husband and I just returned from panama city beach fl, and while there I noticed these fish swimming around me. I have been known to catch fish bare handed... even though these were fast, I gave it a try anyways. Well , I was successful and was able to get one. I ran up to shore where my husband was laying out and got him to snap a quick picture. I noticed it was very slimy and had very sharp top fins.Later in the evening, I noticed that my pinky was swolen a bit, and felt kinda funny, it was a stinging feeling/ bruising pain and was red/ purple .I started researching and found the leatherjacket and to me, it fits more than any other fish I saw online.

I know this is an old thread, but if you or anyone sees this, I would appreciate the feedback.
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Re: Leatherjacket fish BEWARE
That looks to be a juvenile pompano.
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Re: Leatherjacket fish BEWARE
Leather jackets anal fun is what got me. Had me sick as a dog. Literally was in extreme pain for 2 days!!
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