Smart move tossing it back and not eating it. That fish was poisoned, retarded or on death's door from some other cause. You are what you eat... I won't eat the LM perch with tumors on them, not even the ones with common eye tumors.I looked down & there was a monster perch right under me. Reached down & flipped it up on the beach! Freaked out the other lifeguards. Threw it back years before C&R came into vogue.