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Old 07-14-2012, 08:47 PM
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I'm trying to go fly fishing for snakehead in the Potomac area. I have a friend that catches these things on the regular with spinning tackle. Any info that someone could give me to prepare would be appreciated.

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Well if any info helps. Its time to dig into my extensive knowledge of snakehead fishing.

I do know one technique, when they have there young they must push them to the surface to make them breathe. This will look like a group of minnows on the surface in a small area (no duh ) and they are a bright red color so if the water color is clearer you can spot them on the surface. Once you spot them cast directly into the group. This will infuriate the parent and cause it to strike. I saw this on a Tv program on national Geographic.

That is about it for my knowledge but if you do try it I would be interested to hear your results.
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Well if any info helps. Its time to dig into my extensive knowledge of snakehead fishing.

I do know one technique, when they have there young they must push them to the surface to make them breathe. This will look like a group of minnows on the surface in a small area (no duh ) and they are a bright red color so if the water color is clearer you can spot them on the surface. Once you spot them cast directly into the group. This will infuriate the parent and cause it to strike. I saw this on a Tv program on national Geographic.

That is about it for my knowledge but if you do try it I would be interested to hear your results.
you watch river monsters too all I know is they are super agressive. good luck!.
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Drew Price Fly Fishing This guy has had a ton of entries on his blog on this subject.....also check his facebook page called master class angling
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Checkout guide Rob Snowhite. He is a flyfishing guide in the area and has caught SHs on the fly.
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Just make sure ya lop their heads off before you let em go.
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Capt Mike Starrett, of Indian Head Charters is a guide on the Potomac who has caught them. Mike posts reports frequently on some other fishing forums. He calls them Potomac Pike!

From his reports, they can be very aggressive, but not always easy to catch, and most he catches are a by catch while fishing for bass. Actually, from what I've read of his reports & those of others, Snakeheads can be as difficult to get to take a fly or lure as bass or any other gamefish we have.

Frogs seem to be the best bet, but they tend to tear up deerhair. Also, they don't appear to be the super predator everyone was concerned about, and don't eat everything in sight. They can be selective apparently.

Some guys have reported seeing a lot them in the Anacostia River, a trib of the Potomac just south of DC. Like bass, they seem to like the shaded areas under vegetation & around piers, and they do protect their off spring even after the eggs hatch, so that could be the best approach as Troutwhisperer has said.

I've not yet had the opportunity to chase them, but I think I would try large streamers & frog patterns.
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