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#1 WTRDOG

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Posted September 09 2008 - 05:13 PM

A friend of mine caught a snakehead Sunday afternoon on a spinnerbait.We weighed it on a digital and it was 2lbs 10oz.The fish jumped out of the water 3 times and gave my buddy one hell of a fight,thought it was a catfish the first time we saw it.Never have I heard of someone catching one in Mass.My buddy decided to let it swim free and live to fight another day.As soon as he develops the pics I'll post them.Has anybody else caught one or heard of someone catching one in mass.
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#2 Masshole Mike

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Posted September 09 2008 - 05:22 PM

Bad move throwing it back. Snakeheads are an invasive species that MassWildlife considers a serious threat. You're actually supposed to kill and keep any that are caught, and then contact MassWildlife about it...

"These fish prefer shallow, warm, fresh water. It is capable of breathing air and can survive on land for up to two days while in search of another body of water. This means it can decimate an entire population and then "walk", by wiggling it's body like a snake, to another water source.

If found or caught, these fish should be destroyed immediately. DO NOT return them to the water. Instead contact MassWildlife, as they will want it for research. Put the dead fish in a zip lock bag and place on ice until it is picked up."

#3 WTRDOG

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Posted September 09 2008 - 05:36 PM

The fish was caught in an oxbow of a river,I can't beleive their are snake heads in my duck hunting hole...Hopefully they don't like Labs.. :D
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Posted September 09 2008 - 06:11 PM

Just hope they are not in your favortie swiming hole; as they like to eat snakes >>> The last thing you need is getting your   Bit!!!!!!!
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Posted September 09 2008 - 08:49 PM

Bad move throwing it back. Snakeheads are an invasive species that MassWildlife considers a serious threat. You're actually supposed to kill and keep any that are caught, and then contact MassWildlife about it...

"These fish prefer shallow, warm, fresh water. It is capable of breathing air and can survive on land for up to two days while in search of another body of water. This means it can decimate an entire population and then "walk", by wiggling it's body like a snake, to another water source.

If found or caught, these fish should be destroyed immediately. DO NOT return them to the water. Instead contact MassWildlife, as they will want it for research. Put the dead fish in a zip lock bag and place on ice until it is picked up."


agreed Mike
I always wonder how people that enjoy a resource can do something so thoughtless that has the potential to so damage it. As someone who hates pickerel so much I can't believe you didn't freak out on your buddy for putting it back.

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Posted September 10 2008 - 06:11 AM

[quote author=3A3E3C323E393A36570 link=1220998397/0#1 date=1220998930]Bad move throwing it back.
DEM regulations:
If one of these fish are found or caught, DO NOT return them to the water! Instead, these fish should be released immediately into one of your enemies toilet's.    




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#7 Muddy

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Posted September 10 2008 - 06:54 AM

[quote author=7A6D6B1D1C182A0 link=1220998397/0#5 date=1221045090][quote author=3A3E3C323E393A36570 link=1220998397/0#1 date=1220998930]Bad move throwing it back.
DEM regulations:
If one of these fish are found or caught, DO NOT return them to the water! Instead, these fish should be released immediately into one of your enemies toilet's.





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Now there's a real %#$!)Xty  attitude for you
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#8 Matt 825

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Posted September 10 2008 - 07:06 AM

Snakeheads pose a very real and serious threat to our fisheries.  Please call your fisheries biologist and let them know exactly where your friend caught that fish.    

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Posted September 10 2008 - 08:49 AM

First you need to determine whether it was a snakehead or a bowfin.  A snakehead has an elongated anal fin, whereas the bowfin's is short.

Bowfin:
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Northern Snakehead:
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If its the latter, you really need to call the Mass. DEC or whatever agency is responsible for the fisheries.  They need to know where this animal exists.

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#10 WTRDOG

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Posted September 10 2008 - 03:32 PM

Hopefully he get's frozen solid this winter,I don't think they do well in cold water.Beautiful fish, it looked like a pythoon.
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#11 Matt 825

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Posted September 11 2008 - 07:46 AM

Unfortunately the Northern Snakehead has no problem surviving a New England winter.  They also have no problem spawning several times per year in our waters.  They will eat any and all fish they can fit in their rather large mouths.  These are just a few reasons why they are such a serious threat.  

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Posted September 11 2008 - 08:10 AM

Interesting and informative articles :D
http://www.southeast...-snakehead.html

The state of Maryland and Bass Pro Shops have teamed up to offer a reward for any Snakehead fish that are caught.

Anyone who catches a snakehead is asked to kill it humanely with a blow to the head. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources should be notified as soon as possible by calling (410) 260-8320 or 1 (877) 520-8DNR, ext. 8230.

Gift cards to Bass Pro Shops will be given in the following amounts:

$10 for snakeheads smaller than 12 inches
$25 for snakeheads 13 to 24 inches
$50 for snakeheads longer than 24 inches


http://www.mass.gov/...tic_species.pdf

Northern Snakehead Fish
Channa argus
The Northern Snakehead fish is native to China. Experts believe that
the snakehead entered our waters through the aquarium and live fish
food trade. The snakehead fish presents a considerable threat to lake
ecosystems and native wildlife, and it is illegal to import or distribute
this species. There have been two reports of adult snakeheads in MA,
but there are currently no known breeding populations. If you catch a
potential snakehead, do not release it: call DCR or DFG immediately.
Snakeheads have elongated tan bodies with dark mottling. They can
grow over 3 feet long and weigh up to 15 pounds. These voracious
top level carnivores have large mouths lined with sharp canine teeth
and feed on native fish, frogs and other aquatic wildlife. Snakehead
fish are able to breathe air, and if they remain moist, can survive out
of water for several days. Snakeheads have been reported to cross land
by wiggling and/or by using
their pectoral fins, although
these attempts are often
unsuccessful.
Key Identifying Features
Snakeheads are often
confused with the native
Bowfins and Burbots; however,
Bowfins have a short
anal fin and usually a dark
tail spot and Burbots have a
split dorsal fin and a barbel.

Massachusetts Lake Contacts
Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation
Lakes and Ponds Program website: www.mass.gov/lakesandponds
Jim Straub 617-626-1411
Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection
Office of Watershed Management
617-767-2877 website: www.state.ma.us/dep/
Massachusetts Division of Fish and Game
Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program
508-792-7270 ext 163 www.state.ma.us/dfwele/dpt_toc.html
North East Aquatic Nuisance Species Panel (NEANS)
http://www.northeastans.org/
Massachusetts Congress of Lakes and Ponds (COLAP)
508-429-5085 website: www.colap.com
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#13 EdKras

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Posted September 11 2008 - 11:19 AM

There are bowfin in some of the coves off the connecticut river.

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Posted September 11 2008 - 03:20 PM

Thats bad news.  Soon they may crawl in CT.
Do they really destroy fisheries as bad as they say?
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#15 HOIST-N-HAWGS

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Posted September 11 2008 - 05:46 PM

Seems docile to me :-/




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