View Full Version : Will it live.

08-08-2007, 02:29 PM
I have wondered about this for some time and maybe some of you might be able to answer this. Now lets say for some reason or another, a fish loses its scales due to whatever reason. Do the scales grow back or will the fish just simply die.

Years ago a man went to scale his bream. He already ran the knife up the breams body removing 20 or 30 or so and then decided to release it. I didn't say anything, but wondered if the fish had a chance.


08-08-2007, 02:46 PM
Losing a few scales will not kill a fish in most situations.
I have caught a few fish with "battle scars"

The problem is when the slime covering the scales/skin is rubbed of. This slime protects fish from fungal/bacterial infections and when damaged often will lead to infection.