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Lots of redfish in bad shape

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I've fished a lot, haven't brought in so many redfish in such bad shape in a single trip as recently. Brought in 8 different fish in various levels of distress in different areas of lafitte in one day. What could be causing this? Is this a disease? Posted to LDWF's facebook page and they didn't say anything yet.
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Re: Lots of redfish in bad shape
caught some bass in delacroix area in bad shape as well,but the redfish were fine that i caught.
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What the heck is going on?
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Is it possible that gators are hitting and missing them? I had a few that looked like they were wounded also. I've been fishing in brackish water . It seems like I see more and more gators each year.
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yep could be but, maybe something to do with all the river water we getting these days.
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That is from someone obviously fishing gillnets in the area.
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Gillnets eh? That's quite interesting. I just looked up some pictures of fish and the effects of gillnets and it's strikingly similar. I am really hoping it's not some sort of flesh eating bacteria turning fish into Zombies.
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I’m very certain, I worked at a processing market for scale fish on the East coast for a few years while in college. The fish that were caught in gillnets were all marked as such from pulling them out of the nets.
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I agree with the gillnet response. It probably wouldn't be a bad idea to report this to LDWF so maybe they can start an investigation into the issue above and hopefully put a stop to it before it's too late...
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I caught this one in Dularge this weekend. Obviously missing the scales on its face, some sort of fungus had begun growing on it. We caught about 20 reds, this was the only one that was messed up.
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LAS, can you contact both the state biologists and enforcement and get a formal response? This is either a cold-weather triggered illness, gillnets, or both.
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WLF said the fish are stressed from the cold snap.
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