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Bass with worms?
Posted: 19 February 2011 07:08 PM   [ Ignore ]
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caught some bass through the ice recently on a farm pond and I found something.  The larger bass had some “worms” in the meat.  So much, I threw it away.  I don’t like throwing meat away at all, but this, I had to!!  It was bad.  They looked like small waxies, but when I cut into the back and it was “infested”, I couldn’t hold back and threw it away.  Anyone else seen these?  Are they safe to eat cooked?

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Posted: 21 February 2011 10:37 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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I have seen what you are describing but not to the extent of a wax worm. That’s pretty large. The ones I have seen were about the size of a small maggot but slightly darker in color. I only see them in fish that I keep from a small local farm pond. Generally I find them in the bass, but have found them in both bluegill and crappie fillets. I have read and been told that they are harmless to humans, you can either pick them out or just bread them up and fry em’ with the fillets. The “Pond Doctor” I’m sure knows exactly what they are, and could provide a little more scientific explanation. They are fairly common from just talking to other fisherman. I think they are a type of parasite and don’t really hurt the fish. Google this pdf file and you can read all about it. I think you would have been good if you had kept and thoroughly cooked the fillets, but better safe than sorry. 

Parasites in Marine Fishes
seagrant.oregonstate.edu/sgpubs/onlinepubs/g03015.pdf

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Posted: 30 April 2012 08:54 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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We see worms quite often in fresh & salt water fish here in Louisiana when it warms up. You can either leave them or pick out.  Not sure what a wax worm is, will have to google that.

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