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Jagsballar19

Safe to eat crappies?

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Jagsballar19

For a long time I've been catching crappies with large bumps on there side. I always have wondered if they are safe to eat. I just throw those ones back down the hole. Does anyone know if they are safe to eat?

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shakojdub1425

I dont know what it is but i just dont eat that part of it. It is almost like a grit or somthing. Dunno never harmed me that i know of...

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BuckKiller

bumps?? I don't know what you mean

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Jagsballar19

There is like a circular gash you could say on the side of the fish

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Dave S

maybe scars from a northern attack?

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Sandmannd

I guess I would have to see before making a judgement on that. Next time you get one, take a pic.

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BuckKiller

There is like a circular gash you could say on the side of the fish

do you have any pics? id like to see what it looks like

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znistler

How deep are you catching these fish at?

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Jagsballar19

I dont have any pics but we were in 25-30 ft of water

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fishin4fun85

I guess when u say a 'circular gash' I think of a leech??? Don't know for sure

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goblueM

znistler, you thinking there is a pressure issue? I'd say it's either a parasite causing irregular growth, or scar tissue from northern attacks, and maybe a remote possibility that they are being yanked up too fast from too deep, causing over-inflation of the swim bladder.

Or it could be a lamprey attack! hah

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Twins 57 Fan

i say eat it.

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