Posted by Kerry Grissett on January 04, 2003 at 05:24:37:
In Reply to: ? about crappie worms posted by Rodney Mcfall on January 03, 2003 at 19:45:47:
You shouldn't have any trouble spotting the eustrongylides, especially if you filet your fish. These larval nematodes (bright blood red in color) will be in the meat of the fish and can be from about one to two inches long and will be coiled up in a small cyst-like bubble a little larger than a BB. They are often as thin as a thread, but can be larger and then are usually a little easier to spot. You can sometimes spot them in fish through the skin.
If you find any eustrongylides in your fish, simply cut them out. Very little meat will be lost. Keeping your fish alive or on ice until you clean them also helps to keep the worms from breaking out of their little cysts.
If you don't filet your fish, you "might" miss some, but not to worry. Simply make sure your fish are thoroughly cooked. You don't have to cook your fish until they are dried out, just until they are done. I have heard that the worms don't taste very good if you bite down on one, but I have never tried it. (grin)
Good luck and good fishin'
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