They said: "Should a bather step on a weever fish then the pain is quite excruciating as the spines embed into the flesh and discharge their poison."The pain is at its most intense for the first two hours when the foot normally goes red and swells up, and then it may feel numb until the following day with irritation and pain that may last for up to two weeks.That was a stupid question of course I WANTED to fish, but more importantly, I would actually be able to as I had absolutely no plans for the 4th of July.

"One danger is that it can cause anaphylactic shock or allergic reaction to those who are vulnerable and people have been known to die from their stings." If you suffer an allergic reaction to a sting, a course of antihistamines is recommended, IWS also recommends you seek help from a lifeguard.

If you aren't near lifeguard support and have been stung you are advised to put the foot in water that's at least 40C, which will increase blood flow and help with the natural cleaning and healing, as well as breaking down the poison.

Instead we decided to head west toward the Mississippi River Delta in Southeast Louisiana.

While I've spent a bit of time "down east" looking for bulls the last few winters, it's been years since I fished the eastern portion of the state in summer.

Read More: Warm weather may trigger a 'bumper season' of disease spreading flies, experts warn Paul Leahy lives near Brittas Bay and he said that he heard of several people being stung by weever fish there this week.

He told Independent.ie: "I heard about five people being stung at Brittas Bay by weever fish on Monday, one of them had to get help from the lifeguard.It's been far too long since I've updated this site. I still don't have a ton of time to write, but here are some photos of the Winter 2014/2015 season.There were a lot of big fish around, the weather just didn't present a lot of opportunities to persue them.Irish Water Safety has advised that anyone heading to the beach needs to be wary of the weever fish and said they are most commonly found at low tide.IWS said in a statement on their website: "We advise the public to avoid swimming approximately one to two hours either side of low water to reduce the risk of stepping on them until the tides reverts back towards neaps later the following week."A five-year-old girl was also stung today but luckily her parents knew to put hot water on the sting.