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Old 09-11-2013, 16:35
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Default Otter Damage... Awful!

Believe it or not this barbel of around seven pounds actually took my hook bait today and gave me a fight worthy of what you'd expect for its size but what a mess...

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I didn't know whether to return it or put it out of its misery but as it didn't seem to be suffering any lack of physical strength I returned it, not sure if it was the right thing to do but at least it has a chance and I didn't have the heart to bash it.

What a bloody mess!
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That is awful, makes you wonder why otters have been re-introduced if they do that sort of damage.

I think the Barbel does have a good chance of survival as long as the wound doesn't get infected. The fact it took your bait and wasn't off of it's food is a good sign.
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Its the reintroduction that causes this that was also a bloody mess, I cant believe the short sightedness of the idiots involved and as usual those tossers at the EA were involved.
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I had a steak for dinner last night; left the steer it came from in a hell of a mess...
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Old 09-11-2013, 16:50
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Default Re: Otter Damage... Awful!

really you amaze me what do you expect an otter to do ?
Less than 100 were reintroduced otters are recovering on their own, as rivers are now cleaner , something we all want.

But fish feel no pain so what is the problem ?
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That fish will recover easily unless it gets infected. I've seen fish recover from far worse than that.
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Yep, me too - it's surprising how resilient fish can be.
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Old 09-11-2013, 17:18
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Its the reintroduction that causes this that was also a bloody mess, I cant believe the short sightedness of the idiots involved and as usual those tossers at the EA were involved.
Yes I agree. I wish the EA would stop reintroducing barbel where they don't belong.....
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Old 09-11-2013, 17:33
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What makes you so sure it is an otter?
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What makes you so sure it is an otter?
I'm not... I did consider mink but thought it unlikely.
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