Red tic like things?!

11foot5

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Spooned a fish recently and found a few small living tic like things in it. They were about the size of a small pin head, red like a lady bird (might even have a small black dot) and wee black legs out the front like a tic you’d find on a cat or dog. Anybody know what these really are?
 
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Spooned a fish recently and found a few small living tic like things in it. They were about the size of a small pin head, red like a lady bird (might even have a small black dot) and wee black legs out the front like a tic you’d find on a cat or dog. Anybody know what these really are?
Water mites, Rich. Jimmy and I call them 'Biffas', after Biffa Bacon in Viz and due to their indestructibility. Being eaten by a fish doesn't seem to bother them - they are still alive when you get home and gut it - probably pass through its intestine and out the other end and carry on as if nothing had happened! :p

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Have had very similar last season on Farmoor Reservoir in Oxfordshire.Like tiny red spiders.Another mystery solved.I did some limited research and settled for ''spider mites'':D.

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They can't be Water Mites Col. According to scientific research they are distasteful to fish :)

Water Mites - an overview | ScienceDirect Topics

But.......they then go on to say that there can be significant numbers of some in trout's stomachs, go figure :)
OTOH, water mites are parasitic on other insects. Perhaps the trout were feeding on those other insects and ingested the mite with them.
 

11foot5

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Thanks Gents, I'll settle for water mites then. Maybe ingested in the process of eating something else, and not intentionally taken for food. If that's the case, not worth imitating.
 

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Thanks Gents, I'll settle for water mites then. Maybe ingested in the process of eating something else, and not intentionally taken for food. If that's the case, not worth imitating.
I am sure that trout eat them, based on the number of times I have found them to be about the only thing in a trout's stomach. However, given their tiny size, I doubt you could imitate them.

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I am sure that trout eat them, based on the number of times I have found them to be about the only thing in a trout's stomach. However, given their tiny size, I doubt you could imitate them.

Col
possibly something red to suggest them
back when we used to fish queen mother reservoir aka Datchet
we would fish lead core heads,mine had red amnesia running line,that got lots of "taps"both on the drop and on the retrieve.
my boat partner fishing simarly but with Dons tapeworm (blue)didn't get a similar response.
at the time I suspected blood worm feeders, but a vague memory of wee red "bits" in the spoonings springs to mind.

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possibly something red to suggest them
back when we used to fish queen mother reservoir aka Datchet
we would fish lead core heads,mine had red amnesia running line,that got lots of "taps"both on the drop and on the retrieve.
my boat partner fishing simarly but with Dons tapeworm (blue)didn't get a similar response.
at the time I suspected blood worm feeders, but a vague memory of wee red "bits" in the spoonings springs to mind.

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A while back, I happened to whip the loop in the end of a clear polyleader with Fire-Orange UNI thread. I had to change it after getting loads of 'pointless' takes to it! :p
 
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