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Biologists create 'zombie bass' with electrofishing

Zombies are everywhere these days, but no one would expect to see them while enjoying a day of fishing. However, according to an article published by the Washington Post of April 7, that's exactly what one Alabama man saw.

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Chelsea Gomez/Flickr
Biologists create 'zombie bass' with electrofishing

The Washington Post reports that Bernie Fuller was one of nine anglers on a research trip as biologists with the Tennessee Valley Authority as they conducted a study using “electrofishing” at Wheeler Lake near Rogersville.

Reports indicate that the a small electrical charge incapacitated the lake's fish, and anglers saw both big and small fish float the the surface with their mouths agape and eyes wide. Despite their zombie-like state, the fish were reportedly suffered no lasting effects from the electrofishing. They were simply collected, measured, weighed, checked for illness, and released.

Fuller reportedly said seeing how many fish were around fallen trees and rocks taught him a lesson about where to fish. He said he believes it will help make him a “better fisherman.”

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