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rschmidt  
#1 Posted : Monday, August 6, 2018 10:44:40 AM(UTC)
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Here's something you don't see every day.

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Shebs and I came upon this 13.5" brookie think it suffered from angler mortality. This seemed odd, as the fish was still breathing and there was no one fishing in front of us. On exam, the fish had some injuries.

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Pretty sure no one was shooting trout with a .45, but a major spinal injury was evident. The fish was breathing, but motionless and spitting out her eggs from trauma.

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Closer pic.

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Underbelly of the fish shows another puncture wound too.

Our guess is that an eagle or other bird of prey got just two talons into this fish. We concurred that a Blue Heron is unlikely to try and swallow a 13.5" brookie too. Also two wounds is unlike a heron strike.

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#2 Posted : Monday, August 6, 2018 4:14:20 PM(UTC)
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Herons will try to eat about any size fish. They stab them .but can not get them on the bank
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#3 Posted : Monday, August 6, 2018 4:47:52 PM(UTC)
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Heron can eat much bigger fish (and animals) than that trout.


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#4 Posted : Monday, August 6, 2018 5:32:02 PM(UTC)
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I always thought herons were a swallow it whole type of predator. But for what it's worth, the deep stab was on the spine, and there were two smaller pokes between the pectorals. Three wounds made me think eagle/osprey.
She went in my smoker, was delcious LOL
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#5 Posted : Monday, August 6, 2018 6:26:39 PM(UTC)
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Probably was.

I've seen what looked like talon marks on trout and also have seen trout that have survived spinal injuries.

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#6 Posted : Monday, August 6, 2018 6:45:49 PM(UTC)
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Bald Eagles are hard on Trout
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rschmidt  
#7 Posted : Monday, August 6, 2018 7:18:10 PM(UTC)
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There are eagles on nearly all Pierce County streams. They ain't eating berries. Hahaha
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#8 Posted : Monday, August 6, 2018 9:22:08 PM(UTC)
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Holy Jesus that's insane.
I retract my statement, a heron could definitely have eaten that brookie. I still think it was an eagle, but holy hell. That's a lot more fish than I would have thought would fit down his throat.
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William Schlafer  
#9 Posted : Monday, August 6, 2018 11:16:57 PM(UTC)
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I recall someone posting a picture here of a Trout they caught with a hole right through it from the Dorsal to the belly. Of course I can't find it now. I've caught several Trout with chunks missing. Had to be Herons.


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shebs  
#10 Posted : Tuesday, August 7, 2018 1:42:30 AM(UTC)
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Yeah I've caught many with heron wounds as well, but this one had three stabs, one on the back, two on the belly.
She also suffered some organ damage...liver appeared to be punctured when I cleaned her. She clearly wasnt swimming away from this attack.

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