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hit the pier at 8am fished about an hour dead as ever. some roundhead coming off the end but thats it so i moved over to the passage. on the third cast throwing a 7 in silver shad lure, my buddy layed in a nice stripper about 25" {forgot ruler} after that they rolled in left and right all nice schoolies. coulnt beat the action.
i have a question a few of them had some big chunks out of the sides of them, do blue fish feed on strippers?? if not what is? thanks

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Those are lesions on the stripers from Mycobacteriosis. It's caused from anything from pollution, high nitrogen in the water and other chemicals from tributaries that feed into the bay.

I don't know if we still have a thread on this topic from last fall (do a search in the archives). Wash your hands thoroughly after fishing when coming in contact with these fish with lesions. (When in season, do not eat those diseased fish either).
You'll see them less on ocean stripers and more frequent on those that are in the bay.

Here's a paper by VIMS on this subject:
<A HREF="http://www.vims.edu/myco/pdfs/VMRC.pdf" TARGET=_blank> http://www.vims.edu/myco/pdfs/VMRC.pdf

Another article from Bay Weekly:


This one attributes the disease to the lack of bunker in the water for the stripers to feed. (Another hot debate here too.)
http://www.bayweekly.com/year02/issueX15/chesoutX15.html
 

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thanks for the info on the disease we didnt keep the fish. i will have to spread the word to my buddies none of us heard of it before. thans again


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