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    tramore 30-8-10

    Post by barry on Tue 31 Aug - 8:53

    a few of us went out last night to use up some bait from the competition sat night.fished from 8-1030 high tide around half 9.fishing was good enough a few coalies , a few flounder ,a bass and a weaver.
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    Re: tramore 30-8-10

    Post by jonnyj on Tue 31 Aug - 20:40

    Only one small flounder for me. Must investigate weavers myself to know what to look out for. Dont want a run in with one if i can help it.
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    Weever fish

    Post by BASS POINT on Wed 1 Sep - 8:18

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    Beware
    of the Weever fish!







    Echiichthys
    vipera


    Beware of a little sandy coloured fish that lives in the sand.
    It spends most of the time actually buried under the sea bed with just
    its venomous dorsal fin showing above the sandy bottom. On the rare occasions
    when it is plentiful, rows of erect black triangles decorate the sandy
    floor of the sea bed.
    Woe betide a bather who steps upon a buried fish. The pain is usually
    described as excruciating as the spines embed into the human flesh and
    discharge their venom. The pain is at its most intense for the first two
    hours when the foot goes red and swells up and is then it feels numb until
    the following day with irritation and pain that may last for up to two
    weeks. Sometimes, the spine breaks off in the foot and it will cause discomfort
    until it is removed.

    The venom is a type of protein and is heat labile. This means that the
    only treatment is to put the effected limb in water as hot as the victim
    can stand without causing scalding. (In tests, the protein denatured above
    40C.)
    This is meant to bring about rapid and permanent relief, but I have fortunately
    not needed to put this treatment to the test. Most reports of stings occur
    during the month of August. This does not mean that this fish are particularly
    prevalent inshore during this month but merely reflects the greater numbers
    of bathers as the sea temperature reaches the highest of the year. The
    fish is also encountered by shrimpers pushing their net along the sandy
    shallows in the first half of the year. The front beam of the net dislodges
    the fish that may be completely buried under the sand. They are also caught
    by anglers. Many of these rod and line fishermen do not know what they
    have caught and may be in for an unpleasant surprise. The only death I
    have on record after someone being stung by a Weever occurred as long ago
    as 1927, (this could be 1933, the original file has been mislaid) when
    an angler suffered multiple stings whilst fishing off Dungeness. (As this
    is the only death recorded, the suspicions are that the victim may have
    died of other medical causes exacerbated by the multiple stings. Another
    report of a death, I have been unable to confirm.)
    Weevers in your Wellies
    Weevers
    have occasionally been found at toddler bathing depth (a
    few reports have been received) but swimmers usually do not need to
    worry unless they put their foot down. The Weever is a naff swimmer: it
    its sort of wobbles about as it leaves its sandy hiding place. It spends
    most of its life buried waiting for a passing small fish before suddenly
    emerging from the sand to engulf its prey in its large mouth. The Weever
    has to be quick to catch is prey though, and for half a metre it has a
    fair turn of speed, before sinking to the sea floor. It then dives
    straight down to the sand gain burying itself with its rear end first.
    If it cannot hide in this way it will panic and it is conceivable that
    in the unlikely event it jumped into your wellies it would thrash around
    stinging the occupant on multiple occasions. This fish does not have a
    swim bladder, the device used by most bony fish to keep buoyant.
    The fish's mouth itself is in an unusual position on its head, oblique
    and almost vertical and contains some of the most sharp and vicious looking
    teeth in the undersea world. Luckily it only reaches about 15 cm long.














    The species found in shallow waters is called the Lesser Weever
    with the scientific name of Echiichthys vipera. There is a larger
    species called the Greater Weever, Trachinus
    draco
    , found in deeper water and occasionally seen on the fishmongers
    slab. The word 'weever' was first found used in the English language during
    the 17th century and comes from the Old northern French word 'wivre'. The
    venomous fin spines are a defensive armament and the Weever does use them
    to capture prey.
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    Re: tramore 30-8-10

    Post by barry on Wed 1 Sep - 12:39

    there plenty around fished tramore twice in last two months and got one each time fishing in close on high tide.
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    Re: tramore 30-8-10

    Post by jonnyj on Wed 1 Sep - 16:32

    Brilliant post Bass Point. Thanks
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