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Posted 11 August 2004 - 11:01 AM
I thought there was an alert put out on the invading snakeheads in US & it is to be eradicated in 2002 (http://biology.usgs....akeheadFish.htm). They're taking a foothold there? FYI the snakeheads over here are a different species from the Maryland alert but if Channa Micropeltes (Giant snakehead) were to be there, even muskies & pikes will have to give way
Posted 12 August 2004 - 05:52 PM
Eradicated? More like breeding! They have probably been in the Potomac and other Chesapeake Bay tributaries for a while, folks just never what they were until a few years ago. The species we have here is the Northern Snakehead and I think they only get up to 5 pounds or so.
Posted 13 August 2004 - 07:55 AM
Maryland is quite far up north & you have cool winter? Tought the cool would make those snakehead unable to last thru winter; guess they are different from the ones we have in Malayisa.
From what I know about snakeheads, they care for their youngs and built nest, should be easy to get them during spawning times. Just cast frogs, soft-plastic, weddless spoons, spinner-baits into the ball of fries and the mama & papa get pretty p@$$ and will strike anything. After papa & mama is gone the fries are basically helpless & become food for other fishes. You can do your part in culling them . They're pretty good fighters too and play dirty - will head for the nearest snag pronto.
Posted 13 August 2004 - 10:16 PM
Folks starting getting them while bass fishing this spring, so they must have been spawning. It sounds like they fight like a bowfin, a fish we have here that looks a lot like a snakehead. They love spinnerbaits also!
From what I understand, this particular species comes from China. Probably what helps them withstand the Maryland winters.
Posted 14 August 2004 - 09:57 AM
Googled bowfish... something new for me .
You're right, I check out info on Northern snakeheads and it's natural range is in China and can be found in latitudes further north than Maryland. Which would mean Maryland could be warm even in winter for these Northern snakehads (Channa Argus). Looks like you guys are stuck with it. What's the general feeling about these fish over there? We love them here. Snakehead fishing is almost like bass in US - almost all of us fish it and it's almost everywhere as well.
Posted 14 August 2004 - 10:08 AM
"What's the general feeling about these fish over there?"
This should answer that question!! http://www.dnr.state...s/snakehead.asp http://www.dgif.stat...-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:
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!
Posted 14 August 2004 - 12:02 PM
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.
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.