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LaPala

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"What's the general feeling about these fish over there?"

This should answer that question!! http://www.dnr.state.md.us/dnrnews/infocus/snakehead.asp http://www.dgif.state.va.us/newsroom/pr-070904-Snakehead.html

I think they are more worried about them than they are terrorists!

Here is a comparision page for you to see what a bowfin looks like:

http://www.dgif.state.va.us/fishing/snakehead_id.html

Bowfin are fun fish to catch. I haven't seen one here in Maryland but back home in NC they get fairly large. They are a great fighter and hit a lure with pure force. You know when you hook one! They are not really targeted for sport or as a food fish. Still, there is nothing like seeing a 3-foot torpedo rise out of the grass and zero in on a spinnerbait. Once that happens, that fish is going to get it and there is nothing you can do about it!

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Wow, and I thought Zebra Mussels were the no.1 enemy. Looks like it's war agaist the snakeheads. I wonder when they'll commission some laser guided heat sensing crank-bait with AI species recognition. Anyone wants to take up the challenge? Sure to make mega-bucks. :D

Bowfin sure is a fierce looking fish. From the way you describe the strike, it's almost like the giant snakehead over here. If you're using braids, you can feel it's teeth grating against your crankbait (give you goose-bump like finger-nail scratching black-board) and wham! you've hook on to a locomotor. I had a 8kg speciment tow me and my canoe for 10 minutes before I can gain an inch of line. Lucky these don't survive the winter there, else the would call in the Marines. :)

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