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Thread: Would You Eat A Fish That Gave You Nightmares?

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    Default Would You Eat A Fish That Gave You Nightmares?

    Today's Catch Was A Nightmare Goatfish!

    Yesterday i went to the same spot & spent the day there till nightfall & caught a nice Bluefin Trevally. Today it was storming with high winds & sporadic downpours. So i stuck it out. I used a Lamiglas 11' Insane Surf rod popular on the East Coast of the USA for Strippers. I paired it with a Shimano Spheros 6000 SW spinner.

    My bait was frozen shrimp tied to the hook using Atlas Mike's Miracle Thread. I spent the day under a tree with my umbrella. Then latter in the afternoon i heard the bell go off twice. But no run? So i brought the line in expecting a bait stealer took my shrimp. Turned out i hooked a Nightmare Goatfish on a BKN#22 circle hook. I was amazed the fish could swallow that!

    If you eat the head of this Goatfish (some consider it a delicacy) you will suffer from nightmares. I've eaten the meat before & it's delicious. But i decided to release it back. The fish was tired from being over-powered on such a big rig & was weak. So i resuscitated it by "swooshing" it around in the water (on the vid i almost slipped on the muddy embankment while going down to C&R the fish).

    Going fishing relieves stress & i usually will either release my fish or give it away. I was glad that this tired Goatfish sustained no damage & it swam off in a burst. A great way to spend a rainy afternoon:)
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    Nov 2009


    Cool looking fish,superstitions only effect supertistous people!

    Cya Tuna Vic

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    Actually eating the head will give you hallucinations. Affects people differently, some get nothing while others respond severely. Not dangerous like Tide Pods, but is a well known local occurrence.
    Last edited by Scuba Chris; 05-17-2018 at 11:23 AM. Reason: sp.

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