So… this somewhat makes my skin crawl. What could have possibly caused a GIANT hole to form in this speckled trout’s head? Some sort of parasite? Maybe it was an injury inflicted from another fish that eventually became infected? Hell, this trout could have been abducted by aliens for all I know.
After reaching out to various marine research departments, no one could give us any sort of defined answer.
My initial concern was the possibility that this injury was the result of some new undocumented parasite. We reached out to the local Mississippi Department of Marine Research to let them know about the situation. My goal was to make them aware of the strange occurrence so they could begin documenting similar reports if more started to roll in. The last thing our speckled trout fishery needs is some new invasive species of super bug eating their brains…
As of today, no one I know has ever seen or heard of anything like this…. And I’ve literally asked hundreds of fishermen all along the coast.
My goal with this article is to start a conversation about the possible cause and hopefully find an answer. Hopefully through discussion and insight from anglers/biologists, the collective consciousness of the internet can determine an answer.
This fish was caught in Mississippi on June 12 2017 near the mouth of the Pascagoula River (east river). The fish was landed on a D.O.A. artificial bait being fished around some rock piles. The tide was falling and the skies were overcast. Other than that we don’t really have any other good info.
Let us know if you’ve ever encountered anything like this before. Tell us about your experience or give us your ideas in the comments section below this blog.
Also check out our article 2 Speckled Trout Fishing Tips Every Fisherman Needs to Know written by Chris Bush.
Thanks… we look forward to hearing what you have to say!