I'm not sure and from what I remember neither was anyone else. I don't have time to pull up any pics of my fish from my desktop and I don't have any on this phone but between just me and my friends we have at least a few fish with this mark and if you start watching all the toads come in you'll start to see it more and more often.
It does seem that it's only on large fish and could be small males biting the big females in the spawning process one person pointed out. Your guess is as good as mine. They still taste good
It's funny how many people think these are spear holes and I always used to also. A lot of fish over 60lbs have those marks. I can assure you that they are not spear holes though as I've seen them way too many times. There was a thread on a spear site where lots of people posted pics of the same thing. I've seen these marks on some 40lb class fish too but not as often.
GREAT catch by the way and congrats. That's a fish of a lifetime!
That is GREAT to know! Thanks so much. There are many perplexed fisherman that would love to know that.From my source:
"I am the Mark who worked at Scripps (retired a couple yrs back). Those marks on WSBs are caused by the parasite Trypanorhyncha, a tapeworm that can infect seabass, striped bass, salmon and steelhead, sturgeon, probably other fish. The round, partially-healed looking marks on either side are the giveaway, often mistaken for gaff, spear or seal bite marks"