New Hook Shots: The Snakehead (And Bass) Campaign Trail

Confession: I have been intrigued by the northern snakehead "plague" happening on the East Coast—particularly in the Potomac River—for years. I've always wanted to get down to D.C. to target these invasives. Over the last few seasons, I've had a handful of trips planned that fell through for one reason or another, all of which happened to by fly gigs. Well, I finally pulled the trigger just a few weeks ago, and I left the fly rods at home. Turns out that was a very smart move, because what we learned in short order is that despite the media's portrayal of snakeheads as unstoppable, ravenous eating machines that killer everything in their path, these voracious predators are not always so voracious. For three days my friend Mark Modoski and I fought through rough conditions with guide Pete Romm, chucking frogs, buzzbaits, jigs, and spinnerbaits until our shoulders could take no more. Think these fish are easy? Think again. Of course, the real burning question is, did we draw snake blood? You'll have to watch to find out, but what I can tell you is that if you're thinking about heading to the Capitol on a snake quest, there are some pretty sweet silver—and green—linings wrapped up in the mission. Enjoy the show.