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August 19, 2011

Northern Snakeheads Found in Delaware Pond

By Chad Love

Everyone knows the snakehead is an aggressive invader that will eat pretty much anything it can get down its throat, but teenage boys in kayaks?  

From this story on nbcphiladelphia.com:

Officials in Delaware want to know who dumped invasive and aggressive fish into a Bear pond. Northern snakeheads were discovered last week in Becks Pond after one bit a teen kayaker trying to catch some younger snakeheads, according to state Fish & Wildlife Enforcement. “Snakeheads are known for aggressively protecting their young,” said Fisheries Biologist Stewart Michels.

 

On Tuesday state officials retrieved a 25-inch fish and several hundred young fish from the pond. And at least two more adult snakeheads were seen in the water, according to officials. Snakeheads, which are prohibited to be owned by state and federal laws, are highly predatory fish that can impact other fish and amphibians, officials said. The pond is popular fishing spot for anglers looking to catch bass, crappie and bluegill.

Skinny dipping during the snakehead spawn? Not a good idea...

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from Moose1980 wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

Boy they sure are ugly looking fish. Good point on the skinny dipping Chad....ouch!

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from CHKILCHII wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

If they are that aggressive I'd like to drop some big crank and buzzbaits on em during the spawn.

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from rock rat wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

But they do taste good.

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from nuclear_fisher wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

They must taste alright, I think one of the leading theories about how they got on FL is by people intentionally introducing them so they could be fished.

I think they look pretty cool. With that awesome cammo pattern and huge tail they certainly look like apex predators.

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from berniedog wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

Back in the late 90's before they were illegal there was an exotic fish store in Delaware that had a 2' er in a 200 gallon tank. Never got to see it eat. I did have one that got to be about a ft in a 55 gallon tank and that thing would eat 2 to 3 LARGE goldfish per day. They have rows of teeth like sharks and can even survive out of water for quite some time. Scary to think that they are breeding in our ponds.

Maybe they can teach a few thing to pheasants. It would be nice to see wild birds in PA.

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from instigator wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

If the teen was trying to catch snakeheads in the first place, I would say that they were already discovered.

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from Blue Ox wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

Ugly fish, but i do dig that way cool pattern they got going on their skin...

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from CastMaster25 wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

they do have a pretty sweet pattern on them. i remember my high school environmental science teacher having one in his classroom. first day of class guess where i got to sit? yeah right next to the damn snakehead tank. that fish would just glide back and forth in the tank watching my every move. it would even splash water out of its tank if you made any sudden movements. i got soaked a few times. we use to feed it goldfish and field mice. impressive predator but scary looking fish that gives me the creeps!

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from RJ Arena wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

I think you all are missing the point, these are a pest that needs to be destroyed, not admired.they will wipe out all of the bass, crappie and perch found in the same water.they have no predators here in the U.S. When found in a fresh water pond or lake, the local fish and game departments must be notified asap, so measure can be taken to destroy them.

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from M_Rothwell wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

Freshwater JAWS. *que the music*

Daaa DA! Daa DA! • Da DA, Da DA, Da DA, Da Da.....

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from tkbone wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

Have there been studies of their actual effects on other species where there have been populations established (Potomac area, Florida)? I certainly see the problem caused by the introduction of a non-native predatory fish, but wonder if the extent of the problems they are actually causing is consistent with the headlines. In 50 years we may be calling them "southern pike" and targeting them as table and sportfish.

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from Nyflyangler wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

There's a bunch of schlock B movies made about snakeheads out there. They're good for a laugh and pissing off your significant other on a Friday night.

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from rock rat wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

But they do taste good.

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from nuclear_fisher wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

They must taste alright, I think one of the leading theories about how they got on FL is by people intentionally introducing them so they could be fished.

I think they look pretty cool. With that awesome cammo pattern and huge tail they certainly look like apex predators.

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from berniedog wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

Back in the late 90's before they were illegal there was an exotic fish store in Delaware that had a 2' er in a 200 gallon tank. Never got to see it eat. I did have one that got to be about a ft in a 55 gallon tank and that thing would eat 2 to 3 LARGE goldfish per day. They have rows of teeth like sharks and can even survive out of water for quite some time. Scary to think that they are breeding in our ponds.

Maybe they can teach a few thing to pheasants. It would be nice to see wild birds in PA.

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from instigator wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

If the teen was trying to catch snakeheads in the first place, I would say that they were already discovered.

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from M_Rothwell wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

Freshwater JAWS. *que the music*

Daaa DA! Daa DA! • Da DA, Da DA, Da DA, Da Da.....

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from tkbone wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

Have there been studies of their actual effects on other species where there have been populations established (Potomac area, Florida)? I certainly see the problem caused by the introduction of a non-native predatory fish, but wonder if the extent of the problems they are actually causing is consistent with the headlines. In 50 years we may be calling them "southern pike" and targeting them as table and sportfish.

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from Moose1980 wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

Boy they sure are ugly looking fish. Good point on the skinny dipping Chad....ouch!

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from CHKILCHII wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

If they are that aggressive I'd like to drop some big crank and buzzbaits on em during the spawn.

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from Blue Ox wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

Ugly fish, but i do dig that way cool pattern they got going on their skin...

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from CastMaster25 wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

they do have a pretty sweet pattern on them. i remember my high school environmental science teacher having one in his classroom. first day of class guess where i got to sit? yeah right next to the damn snakehead tank. that fish would just glide back and forth in the tank watching my every move. it would even splash water out of its tank if you made any sudden movements. i got soaked a few times. we use to feed it goldfish and field mice. impressive predator but scary looking fish that gives me the creeps!

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from RJ Arena wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

I think you all are missing the point, these are a pest that needs to be destroyed, not admired.they will wipe out all of the bass, crappie and perch found in the same water.they have no predators here in the U.S. When found in a fresh water pond or lake, the local fish and game departments must be notified asap, so measure can be taken to destroy them.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Nyflyangler wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

There's a bunch of schlock B movies made about snakeheads out there. They're good for a laugh and pissing off your significant other on a Friday night.

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