You can let this little bastard ruin your summer fishing or you can fight back. Let me show you how!
It’s something that strikes every summer. This undetectable bacteria floats freely in Louisiana’s warm summer waters and can, at the very least, devour your flesh.
Known as the Terror of the Deep, this bacteria is responsible for deaths every year.
The scientific name for the bacteria in question is vibrio vulnificus. While its occurrences are rare, it tends to rear its ugly head during the summer months. It thrives in warm seawater and infects people when it makes contact with open sores or cuts.
The best way to prevent an infection is to be prepared.
I carry a bleach/water mix in a spray bottle in case a catfish or shrimp pokes me. I will spray the open wound since the spray serves as an excellent antiseptic and works better than alcohol.
Some people recommend 10 parts water for every 1 part bleach. I also carry plenty of bottled water to drain out the wound.
What if you love wade fishing? Well, you’re not improving your chances of avoiding infection. I don’t wade fish a lot, but if I do I’ll take an extra measure.
After my fishing trip I take a bath in a hot tub with a little bit of bleach mixed in. Not a lot, just a couple capfuls. Don’t go overboard with this.
I have heard of another effective antiseptic called Hibiclens. I’ve never used it but maybe I will carry it this summer.
Above all, I think the best advice is to go see a doctor if you experience any symptoms of a vibrio vulnificus infection.
These symptoms include:
Time is of the essence, so don’t take any chances. After all, you wouldn’t want to miss out on all that great summer fishing!
Devin is the founder of Louisiana Fishing Blog and enjoys exploring new fishing spots on Louisiana's coast. He prefers using artificial lures and casting tackle, but won't hesitate to break out a popping cork when the time is right.
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