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Old 07-13-2008, 05:50 AM
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My understanding was that a big man o war sting could really put you in the hospital, but the football sized red ones would just cause a bad rash, and the smaller white ones were harmless.

Also, vinegar neutralizes the sting? Benedril in the worst cases?
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Default Re: Are these jellyfish very dangerous?

And the really small ones in Austrailia called iricongi will kill ya
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Those man-o-war stings are NASTY!!! Vinegar does work to neutralize the sting. If you don't have any, urine will also help. Sounds gross, but it works.
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Default RE: Are these jellyfish very dangerous?

We use the jelly fish( or jelly balls as we call them down here) to fish with.

They make great bait for spadefish but I always handle them with gloves
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tprice - 7/13/2008 5:22 AMWe use the jelly fish( or jelly balls as we call them down here) to fish with. They make great bait for spadefish but I always handle them with gloves
tprice, how do you rigem? I have tried this but never had any luck.

Thanks Billy
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It all depends on the kind of jellyfish. Sea nettles pretty much just sting like hell....not real bad unless you're alergic or get it in the wrong place.....like in your cast net. Certain times of year they're everywhere along the gulf coast, but I rarely see many here in Charleston SC. The man-o-war is really painful an will leave a welt like you were hit with a buggy whip. usually easy to spot because they have an air sac that makes them float, kind of elongated with a bit of ridge lengthwise....all the ones I've seen are bluish. The problem with these are the tentacles can be 15-20ft long. I've seen them drifting waayyy off shore as well as in close, but never in the huge numbers like sea nettles. The irukandji is a member of the box jellyfish found in the pacific and about any of these can severely hurt or even kill you. The vinegar doesn't so much "neutralize" the venom or sting so much as it deactivates the the nematocyst which is the stinging cell and keeps any more from firing more venom into you. These things will fire even if it's just a loose thread of tentacle....so keeping any more from firing limits the amount of venom. Rubbing is the worst thing you could do until you neutralize the stingers. Scraping with a knife blade can remove the tentacles, but still use vinegar first.
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tprice - 7/13/2008 5:22 AMWe use the jelly fish( or jelly balls as we call them down here) to fish with. They make great bait for spadefish but I always handle them with gloves
tprice, how do you rigem? I have tried this but never had any luck.

Thanks Billy

Just put several on a string and sink with a weight and let them float just above one of the nearshore reefs, all the while cut up one into very small bits and chum.

Gradually pull the stringer of jellyballs toward the surface and use light spinning tackle and I like flurocarbon leaders. They are described by many as "bream on steriods".

Lot of fun but sometimes they will drive you nuts trying to hook them
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Thanks! I will give it a try next week if we find some.
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When we were at IOP a couple of weeks ago they were everywhere, we just scooped them up while trolling for kings in the shipping channel
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When we were at IOP a couple of weeks ago they were everywhere, we just scooped them up while trolling for kings in the shipping channel


By the way they are great to eat, just a little tough to clean(kind of like a trigger fish) but good white meat

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We are heading down to Garden City on Saturday for a week. Maybe I can find some on the way out to BB and the jungle. We tried it last year and it drove us nuts! Could never get a hook set.
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