Something I’ve never seen before…

Another Day another Fish…Today it was a big Goldeye.  The largest goldeye I’ve ever caught, pushing 16+ inches long. I grabbed him and brought im into the yak.  I noticed something strange squirming in his gills.  I inspected and determined it was about 3-5 leaches.  I can conclude only one of 2 things.  He’s been eating a lot of leeches or the leeches are feeding on his gills.  I flicked on with my finger and it fell out into the water leading me to believe that the fish had been eating leeches and caughed up a ball of them.  I had no idea any one fish could be eating so many leeches.  I’m starting to realize what I’ve been missing with the strict catch and release fishing for the last 15-20 years.  I think any biologist worth his salt would at least be pumping stomachs if not opening them by hand.    The underwater world is so mysterious and captivating.  I can’t get enough.  No wonder the black ops flies produce so well.  I’ve noticed in the past that when i tie on a small black fly i seem to catch goldeye.  Don’t overlook the importance of leeches in a fishes diet.  When I learn more about leeches I will be sure to post.