Florida Snakehead fishing can only be described as being extremely aggressive and voracious, but based on our personal observations the species collected in Florida appears to be one of the more aggressive species of snakeheads. The species got to Florida by a illegal introduction of exotics in the first place, it is really the only viable tactic along with educating anglers, aquarists, and others about the illegality of dumping and/or transferring exotic fish from one waterbody to another. The Florida Snakehead is in freshwater and are contained in Florida’s numerous lakes, streams, rivers, canals, and impoundments throughout South Florida.
“Unfortunately, there are no quick fixes once an exotic fish begins reproducing there’s no stopping it, the bright side of things Florida Snakehead anglers have a new an very aggressive specie added to the long list of fishing opportunities for anglers. Some of the literature on the Florida Snakehead fishing suggest this fish can reach lengths of five feet, although we are skeptical.
IS SNAKEHEAD FISHING A ASSET
There is no question, however, that the Snakehead fishing is highly valued asset throughout Asia for its food value and taste. “We have eaten a several snakeheads since we began our quest of fishing this species, and can attest to their excellent taste”. “Their popularity as food within the Asian cultures and now in South Florida may even explain the presence of the Snakehead in Florida waters.” Some customers apparently believe that in addition to tasting good, snakeheads have a medical benefit. All species of Florida Snakehead are illegal to possess live in the state of Florida. Possession of live Snakehead is a second degree misdemeanor punishable by up to a $500 fine and/or 60 days in jail.
Florida law also makes it a crime for anyone to release any exotic fish into state waters.
The snakehead (also once called the “serpent headed fish”) has inspired various other beliefs and myths through the centuries. Because of its serpent-like head, some oriental cultures ERRONEOUSLY believed the snakehead had a poisonous bite.
A western scientist studying these species in 1878 wrote how the Karen people of Burma regarded this fish with “superstitious awe” and refrained from eating them.
Another source stated in 1822 that the religious people of Bengal Province in India believed it was unlucky to regard the snakehead as either bad or good.
Since their arrival we have spent years targeting these fish in our local waters. They are unlike the Peacock bass or big trophy bass on Lake Okeechobee. We have caught as many as 40 on one trip and usually average around 15 per outing. It is fun fishing with lots of explosive topwater strikes and hard runs. Not too mention that you will probably catch plenty of other species as well. You have to love South Florida, the melting pot for everything including fishing. With all of our native and non native species, we consider where we live South Florida to be the most exciting freshwater destinations in the World. It’s a fish that many anglers try fishing for and end up returning again and again.
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