Beware Of Catfish Barbs
<p>When will the wind die down? The day started nice with a light SE breeze. Just enough to keep cool. First stop at a sunken reef yielded just a few trout before a school of catfish took over. Headed East to the rigs deep in the sound to find clean water and willing trout. We fished up current of a well in 12 feet of water. The trout were all nice, 16-21" and bit live shrimp, croakers and plastic cocahoes. The live bait was presented on a carolina rig and the plastics were slow rolled along the bottom. The box was filling when a gafftopsail cat entered the picture and punctured my hand between the index and middle finger. Ouch! The wound was deep and the barbs had meat on them when I pulled the fish out of my hand. My guests said that my face turned pale, I had no strengh in my left hand, I felt nauseous, but I sat for a few minutes, drank a bottle of poweraid and recovered somewhat. That did not stop my guest from catching so I had to get back in the game. I grabbed the first aid kit and applied some bug sting analgesic, then iodine swabs and a couple of bandaids. Just in time to start netting trout again. Soon the wind started to whip and a squall moved into the Sound from Venice. We kept catching as the rain moved closer and the seas built to 3 footers. The rain moved to within a couple of miles and we headed back toward protected water. Hit a few rigs on the way in with no luck. Tried a few redfish holes in the outer bay and inside with no luck. We did catch a half dozen nice flounder, but the reds were not interested. That is the way it goes! My hand is now swollen, fingers are stiff and the wound is still sensitive to the touch. Be careful out there, these type of injuries are nothing to play around with. Be sure to have a first aid kit with you, it could stop potential infections and save you a trip to the Rx.
Captain Jeff J. Dauzat
Fin and Feather Guide Service
About The Author: Captain Jeff Dauzat
Company: Fin and Feather Guide Service
Area Reporting: Delacroix , Venice, and Hopedale LA
Bio: Captain Jeff J. Dauzat, is USCG licensed and insured and has been working these waters since 1988. Captain Dauzat has a B.S. in Wildlife Biology from Louisiana Tech University and an M.S. in Industrial Hygiene from Tulane University.