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#1 Sep-30-09 4:39PM

Dominion Dan
Patagonian Toothfish
From: Falls Church, VA
Registered: May-24-08
Posts: 1055

SNAKEHEAD HUNT 2009: MISSION ACCOMPLISHED

Went out with a couple new fishing buddies today to go for some snakeheads and bass. I have been wanting to cross snakeheads off of my freshwater-fish-to-catch list for some time and one of these guys has given me some great advice and guidance in a high population area.

We fished right after low tide with frogs and spinnerbaits.

My friend caught a handful of bass including a nice 5.5lb
http://img43.imageshack.us/img43/2407/thaifish.jpg

And then it finally happened. My friend missed a hit on his frog so I threw right back to the area as he retrieved his bait. KABOOM! Snakehead time! Ended up winching this baby out of the weeds:
http://img132.imageshack.us/img132/2734/snakehead.jpg


My friend dispatched it with a few oar strikes to the head (or so we thought) about an hour later we were back at the ramp. I picked the fish up to take it out of the bottom of the boat and it started flopping around again. It is currently sitting in a cooler with ice on my deck and I wouldn't be too surprised if it still had some life in it.

SNAKEHEAD HUNT 2009: MISSION ACCOMPLISHED

Last edited by Dominion Dan (Sep-30-09 4:40PM)

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#2 Sep-30-09 5:58PM

Ernie
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From: Ashburn VA
Registered: Feb-03-06
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Re: SNAKEHEAD HUNT 2009: MISSION ACCOMPLISHED

Outstanding....I hope you are going to eat that bad boy!

I remember your face when that big submarine chased your frog on Aug. 1.....


Time to go fishin' again!

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#3 Sep-30-09 6:02PM

Dominion Dan
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From: Falls Church, VA
Registered: May-24-08
Posts: 1055

Re: SNAKEHEAD HUNT 2009: MISSION ACCOMPLISHED

I filleted it a few minutes ago. It's going in the freezer for a later date. It may be because I am an inexperienced fish cleaner, but I thought it was a fairly difficult fish to fillet.

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#4 Sep-30-09 6:26PM

bigjeffie
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Registered: Feb-24-09
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Re: SNAKEHEAD HUNT 2009: MISSION ACCOMPLISHED

that is a super chunky bass

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#5 Sep-30-09 6:51PM

Dominion Dan
Patagonian Toothfish
From: Falls Church, VA
Registered: May-24-08
Posts: 1055

Re: SNAKEHEAD HUNT 2009: MISSION ACCOMPLISHED

bigjeffie wrote:

that is a super chunky bass

It sure was. it read 7lbs on a spring scale but 5lb8oz on the digital.

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#6 Oct-01-09 6:29AM

AndrewDo124
Patagonian Toothfish
From: Alexandria
Registered: May-27-08
Posts: 963

Re: SNAKEHEAD HUNT 2009: MISSION ACCOMPLISHED

Very nice Dan!

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#7 Oct-01-09 12:31PM

CozUF2001
Patagonian Toothfish
From: Richmond, Virginia
Registered: Mar-26-08
Posts: 1419
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Re: SNAKEHEAD HUNT 2009: MISSION ACCOMPLISHED

I am sure you know this, but always make sure snakeheads are dead when you transport them. It is a felony offense to transport live versions.


If it were easy, they'd call it catching!

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#8 Oct-01-09 1:07PM

Dominion Dan
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From: Falls Church, VA
Registered: May-24-08
Posts: 1055

Re: SNAKEHEAD HUNT 2009: MISSION ACCOMPLISHED

CozUF2001 wrote:

I am sure you know this, but always make sure snakeheads are dead when you transport them. It is a felony offense to transport live versions.

That's easier said than done. We whacked the thing in the head really hard multiple times. In fact, the top of the skull was exposed. It must have only knocked him out because he sure woke up when we got back to the ramp over an hour later!

Next on the list: Musky, White perch, yellow perch, bowfin, and chain pickerel.

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#9 Oct-01-09 1:23PM

captmikestarrett
Patagonian Toothfish
From: Potomac River
Registered: May-06-08
Posts: 1699
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Re: SNAKEHEAD HUNT 2009: MISSION ACCOMPLISHED

Dan that is sweet. As far a fileting them just take the knife from the gill area straight down to the backbone turn towards the tail and cut it off. Flip over and slide knife between skin and meat.

Also those four others you are looking for can be found down south. The muskie up north. If you know how to paint a house we could arrange a trade.

Capt Mike


Light Tackle Fishing Guide on the Potomac

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#10 Oct-01-09 1:32PM

Dominion Dan
Patagonian Toothfish
From: Falls Church, VA
Registered: May-24-08
Posts: 1055

Re: SNAKEHEAD HUNT 2009: MISSION ACCOMPLISHED

Looks like I need to learn to paint houses!

There is a lake near Harrisonburg that is supposed to have muskie. I've fished for them before but never had any luck. I've got metal leaders and some big glide baits itching for some teeth marks.

Any other freshwater species I should add?

I forgot Gar. I need to catch one of those as well.

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#11 Oct-01-09 3:23PM

Ernie
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From: Ashburn VA
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Re: SNAKEHEAD HUNT 2009: MISSION ACCOMPLISHED

captmikestarrett wrote:

Also those four others you are looking for can be found down south. The muskie up north. If you know how to paint a house we could arrange a trade.

Capt Mike

DO IT....Mike catches all of those regularly!!


Time to go fishin' again!

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#12 Oct-01-09 9:11PM

Charlie NHBA
Northern Snakehead
From: Herndon, Va.
Registered: Apr-06-08
Posts: 193
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Re: SNAKEHEAD HUNT 2009: MISSION ACCOMPLISHED

Dominion Dan:

You don't have to go to Harrisonburg for Muskie.  Check out Burke Lake. There are 30# muskie swimming in that lake. The VDGIF nets them each April to get eggs for their hatcheries to provide stocking for other lakes in Virginia.  A friend and former park manager used to troll a 14" jointed Believer for one hour each evening and averaged 4-6 muskie per week. Most of them were in the 18-26# range.


Charlie NHBA.........

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#13 Oct-02-09 12:06AM

Bob B
Northern Snakehead
From: Vancouver, WA
Registered: Mar-21-08
Posts: 193

Re: SNAKEHEAD HUNT 2009: MISSION ACCOMPLISHED

Congrats on getting a snakehead. I've been meaning to try for one myself, one of these days.


Go Fish!

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#14 Dec-07-09 7:42AM

Thai
Northern Snakehead
From: Alexandria
Registered: Dec-07-09
Posts: 503

Re: SNAKEHEAD HUNT 2009: MISSION ACCOMPLISHED

CozUF2001 wrote:

I am sure you know this, but always make sure snakeheads are dead when you transport them. It is a felony offense to transport live versions.

Its a felony to transport live SH's across state borders as per the lacey act. Possession of a live snakehead I'm pretty sure is not a felony, I'm sure its a fine though.

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