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Old 07-19-2014, 05:37 PM
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I caught this guy about in about 40' of water today and notice this strange spot on the bottom.

It was only on the bottom of the fish and not the top so I doubt it was a gaff or gig (plus, who gaffs a 10" flounder).

I'm thinking it must have been a small shark.

Anyone have any ideas?
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Old 07-19-2014, 05:41 PM
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Old 07-19-2014, 05:48 PM
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I'm going with infection of some sorts...
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Old 07-19-2014, 06:02 PM
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Old 07-19-2014, 06:17 PM
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Is it a female? Was it a real bitch to get over the side?
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Old 07-19-2014, 06:22 PM
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The 3 pairs of "fang marks" says its what ever the hell tears in my baits around NC!

The "fang marks" are a sign of the same creature we deal with here. What the heck it is.....I don't know.

They take small roundish bites from the prey just like seen here.(leave fang marks on edges) Ive had a many live baits come back in with those exact mark/marks. Even with whole sections missing like the pic.

Only thing strange to me is, that the flounder is still alive VS my baits dead.
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Looks like a lesion more than a bite.
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Looks like a lesion more than a bite.
yes it does. But if it is a bite lamprey perhaps
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Old 07-19-2014, 08:44 PM
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Originally Posted by brickphil View Post
The 3 pairs of "fang marks" says its what ever the hell tears in my baits around NC!

The "fang marks" are a sign of the same creature we deal with here. What the heck it is.....I don't know.

They take small roundish bites from the prey just like seen here.(leave fang marks on edges) Ive had a many live baits come back in with those exact mark/marks. Even with whole sections missing like the pic.

Only thing strange to me is, that the flounder is still alive VS my baits dead.
That sounds like a Lamprey for sure, they make almost perfectly round bites.

This wasn't round though.
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My WAG is PfIesteria. But if true, there ought to be a heck of alot more reports about fish killa.
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Old 07-19-2014, 09:46 PM
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I'm going with lamprey....

Looks like the flounder was trying to lose the lamprey by rubbing the ocean floor and the lamprey would just grab back on again. I just pulled a mackerel up with the damn thing still attached, nasty bastards.
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Old 07-19-2014, 11:35 PM
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When laying on metal wrecks they get that way pretty often. At least from what I've seen east coast of Florida
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Cookie Cutter Shark?
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Hope you didn't eat it!
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Hope you didn't eat it!
Yeah even if it had been long enough, that one was going back haha.
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Originally Posted by Tperkerson View Post
That sounds like a Lamprey for sure, they make almost perfectly round bites.

This wasn't round though.
A single bite is round, I've seen this very thing on bottom baits. They will come back up with areas eaten out of them very similar to whats pictured. And a few times, several areas will be eaten out on one bait.
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