MMMM! Delicious! I love a good BBQ, but I can say with absolute certainty that BBQing a cymothoa exigua isn’t going to make it taste any better. That being said, these parasites do no real damage to fish they inhabit. And according to reliable sources, eating fish containing the parasite is perfectly safe.
Personally I’d be a little put off if something this gnarly looking crawled out of the face of my dinner, and so was David…
I purchased a 6kg pack of sea bass, cleaned and gutted four and popped two of them on my barbecue.
After about 10 minutes I turned them over, and after a further 5 minutes went to check on them. It must have become too hot in there for the parasite, which became visible half out of the fish’s mouth.
I didn’t realize what it was, so didn’t check to see if the fish still had a tongue. I’m not even sure if the parasite crawled out, or was pushed out as a result of the fish cooking.
We are not intending to eat sea bass for a while!!
Its finally here folks, bass season! Makes me wish I still lived in Ontario so Jon and I could be fishing together again. Jon should be fishing at this very moment and hopefully he’ll be getting into some nice size bass. I’m sure he’ll have a report as soon as he gets back into the city. In the meantime, here are a few Ontario bass from previous seasons, submitted by Paul Williams.
7lb 3oz largemouth bass
With this fish, I wasn’t targeting bass at all. I was fishing for perch when I had a follow up from a big dark shadow after reeling in a small one. So I put on my big bobber and casted back out. To my amazement it took the giant balsa wood float straight under. Thinking it was probably a pike, I set the hook and loosened the drag to be ready for what usually takes place when you hook a nice northern. But much to my surprise, I watched my line start to rise quickly to the surface and then the biggest largemouth bass I have ever seen broke water with a giant leap.
You may remember our Lakemaid shirt contest a while back, well here is our winner Chris showing off his free shwag.
Miss Muskie and Chris in Japan!
Here are a few more solid fish caught by one of our biggest contributors, Paul Williams. He’s spent a lot of time on Lake Scugog and the Scugog River and his results prove it!
Just wanted to send you a couple of new photos from September of 2008 from the Scugog river, and congratulate you guys on the great job you are doing on your website. I also won’t to thank you for highlighting me on the website, and the great comments. So thank you and congratulations. Here is a decent Scugog bucket and a 12lb musky my dad got into on the first week of September.
Thanks Paul, nice fish!