When do the egrets or white birds start roosting coming into the trees on Lake Palestine? I have heard you can catch lots of cats early morning under these trees that the birds are roosting in. Any advice on fishing under the birds?
I have a question. When you're under these trees/birds, do the fish you catch have worms in the flesh? The reason I'm asking is because, when I was crappie fishing back this spring I caught several crappie with worms in the flesh. I couldn't tell until after it was filleted. I would see these lil dark spots in the fillets at first I thought it was a bruise or something from the fish maybe getting finned from the other fish in the live well. Then I just happen to stick the tip of my knife in one and that's when I recognized these were worms (little long skinny & red). I posted this on the crappie page as well and the response I got was "this is a parasite the fish get from eating bird dropping".
So I was just wondering if you guys see this in the catfish you catch when fishing under the trees with roosting birds?
Those are parasites that are in all fish. Has nothing to do with bird droppings.Just fry them and eat.
Parasites in Fish
Anglers sometimes report harvesting fish that contain worms, grubs, cysts, or lumps in the flesh,
worms in and around the intestines, or a fungus growth on the skin, fins, or gills. Fish parasites are a
normal part of the aquatic environment. Common fish parasites include tapeworms, black spot, and
yellow grubs. While unpleasant to look at, the edible parts of the fish that contain parasites can be
eaten provided they are fully cooked. Parasites are only a problem when fish are eaten that are not
• Do not eat dying or dead fish.
• Thoroughly cook fish to a minimum internal temperature of 145°F.