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Old 06-17-2019, 05:32 PM   #1
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Default Catfish Warning Please pass it on.

I had gotten away with handling salt cats for 5 years now and no real problems until this weekend. Please don't let this happen to you. Do not under any circumstances try to handle them. Do not let them get anywhere near your body anywhere. I ended up with two deep puncture wounds one on ea hand and a shallow one on leg. Ended up in ER for antibiotics, Tetnus shot, x ray to see if barb was left in hand. This was totally different than any other stick Ive had from a Cat all my life. Do not, Do not try to handle them.
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Old 06-17-2019, 05:34 PM   #2
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Holy Moly! did you swell up? red infection? glad you're on the mend....
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Old 06-17-2019, 05:35 PM   #3
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Gotta grab them just right.
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Old 06-17-2019, 05:40 PM   #4
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Sounds bad I never touch them . I just let my pliers make contact. Did you wrestle it or something? How did it get you so many times
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Old 06-17-2019, 06:44 PM   #5
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First thing I do when they come in the boat is bite the fins off and spit em overboard. Can never be to careful with those things. Hate em!
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Old 06-17-2019, 07:53 PM   #6
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Whoa,Pt… Did it end up in the kayak loose and flipping around?
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Old 06-17-2019, 08:56 PM   #7
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Use a dehooker and never touch em or bring em over the gunnel. Slimy jokers.
I actually caught several in the cast net today catching pogies. All shook out except one, had to break one of his fins off to get him out of the net.
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Old 06-18-2019, 08:58 AM   #8
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If you get finned put heat on it--not ice. The heat breaks down the poison. I was in severe pain from a 4" little dud but the heat really made a difference.
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Old 06-18-2019, 10:29 AM   #9
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I hate the things. I don't even let them on the boat, I cut them off. I got hit one time trying to un-hook one with needle nose pliers, it flipped back on me and stuck me. Decided I would never let that happen again. They can ruin a weekend for sure.
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Sorry to hear your fishing trip and future fishing trips get ruined in the short term by your injury. Hats off for typing this with holes in your hands💪
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