December Northern Snakehead

Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Snakehead, Northern

Earlier this month I was fishing a pond that's off the lower Potomac drainage, the initial target was Chain Pickerel but after a few hours of lure chucking with nothing but a few Largemouth I decided to take a break and throw a nightcrawler out.  The weather was pretty nice, 40 or so degrees and it felt good in the sun.  After about an hour with just a few Bluegill taps I decided this was stupid and went to reel in my first rod, I got it to the bank and before I could turn around I had slow and steady run on my other rod.  I assumed it was carp at first based on how it took off but after I fought it for awhile I was certain it was a decent catfish but the fight was still a bit odd.  I didn't really see the fish until I got it close to the bank and man was I shocked!  

Several first's here, first December snakehead from outside of a warm water discharge, first stillwater snakehead, first snakehead from this particular pond, and first snakehead on bait!

Comments

Hengelaar's picture

Oh man oh yes oh hells so cool want want want want want want wantwantwantwantwantwantwantwantwantwantwantwantwantwantwantwantwantwantwantwantwantwantwantwantwantwantwantwantwantwantwantwantwantwantwantwantwantwantwantwantwantwantwantwantwantwantwantwantwantwantwantwantwantwantwantwantwantwantwantwantwantwantwantwantwantwantwantwantwantwantwantwantwantwantwantwantwantwantwantwant

Fishn sure is neat

Dr Flathead's picture

Thats pretty sweet!  Wish those things would crawl their way up here to MN....

Susquehannock's picture

That thing's so freakin' cool, and it looks like a big one too. Did you eat it?

Dr. Flathead: I really don't want these in my area, but they're still a neat fish. 

Susquehannock

Outdoors4life's picture

I love the color on that fish!
On my hit list too, like so many other people. 

It is all perspective!

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andy's picture

Just a great catch

They are everywhere that touches the Delaware river here in Jersey. A lot of people eat them but I fillet them and lightly grill them with butter. Then I flake the meat up and feed it to my mother's cats. They LOVE it!!! You get a ton of meat off of snakeheads. They are all muscle, there is limited blood in the meat, and it has no fishy smell when cooked.

Downsize your gear, increase your fun, and make it a fair fight!