That Redfish Ate What?

Mississippi captain finds crushed water bottle in redfish's stomach.

redfish3.jpg
Schindler said the 27-inch redfish was caught in the Louisiana Marsh on April 10. He always opens the stomach, when he cleans fish, to see what it has ingested.Capt. Sonny Schindler

(Be sure to click through all the images above to see all the photos.)

Proving that red drum are true omnivores, these images show a crushed 12-ounce water bottle (fist sized) found inside a 27-inch redfish, caught in the Louisiana Marsh on April 10.

Capt. Sonny Schindler, with Shore Thing Fishing Charters out of Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, sent these photos from the cleaning table. The bottle was inside the fish's stomach, though there's obviously no way to tell how long it had been there. The fish was obviously still hungry despite the filling "meal."

"I have no theories or explanations," Schindler wrote in a blog for The Clarion-Ledger online, "only a remedy. Keep your trash in a sealed compartment."

redfish1.jpg
Capt. Sonny Schindler found this water bottle inside a redfish's stomach as he cleaned the fish.Capt. Sonny Schindler
redfish2.jpg
The plastic bottle this redfish swallowed was probably crushed before it was tossed or blown overboard. Remember, our trash is easily mistaken for food by marine animals like fishes and turtles. Just stow your bottles and trash and dispose of them properly back at the dock.Capt. Sonny Schindler
redfish3.jpg
Schindler said the 27-inch redfish was caught in the Louisiana Marsh on April 10. He always opens the stomach, when he cleans fish, to see what it has ingested.Capt. Sonny Schindler
ADVERTISEMENT