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    Default Snakeheads on the fly?

    Anybody tried this? They are an invasive species down here in South Florida (hell, there are so many of those all of us natives are about ready to move out {anybody want a free iguana?}), but these are nasty. They are an eel like fish that can breath on land, reproduces rapidly and can grow to about three feet. They'll hit spinner baits and topwaters, but I haven't spent any time flyfishing for them. I'm going to visit my dad in the glades next week and I have a half day pit stop planned for the Miami canals for them and Peacock bass if the weather permits. Anyone have any advise? I'm going to use a 6wt and clousers for the peacocks, but I figured I might want to gear heavier for the snakeheads.
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    There seems to be some information on YouTube about it... Might check out those videos and see what they're using.

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    they will hit any thing that looks like a baitfish. they are in the Delaware river now. suppose to be good eating. great fighters on plug or fly.
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    I got a decent one in May, but repeated casting to many, many others has resulted in nada. They're very common in this region and highly sought after by the fly fishing community here.

    They'll hit the same flies LMB will hit, but IME (and in agreement with most of the fishermen here) they spook fairly easily and tend to be "on or off" with hitting flies. The one I caught was probably a result of being in the right place when one was hungry more than anything else.

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    I don't say this about many fish but kill every darn one you catch.
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    "The finest gift you can give to any fisherman is to put a good fish back, and who knows if the fish that you caught isn't someone else's gift to you?" Lee Wulff

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    Quote Originally Posted by baseman1 View Post
    I don't say this about many fish but kill every darn one you catch.
    +1 to that. Some jack@ss introduced him here about 7 years ago so he could sell them in Asian fish markets (they are tasty, I ate some a friend caught) and now they've spread to three counties and are completely out competing (and eating) the native large mouths. I generally am not in favor of killing anything I don't intend to eat, but in this case I'll make an exception. Sad thing is they will survive on land so apparently you need a fish priest to do the job.

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    The guide I fish for Peacocks with in Miami targets Snakeheads as well . He uses 6 to 8 wt rods and the same Clousers he uses for Peacocks. the C4 seems to have an abundance of them.
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    Would love the chance to catch one of these on the fly... Would like to see how they compare to bowfin... A similar looking fish that's known to be very aggressive

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    It is not a legal requirement to kill a caught snakehead in this region, but it is illegal to "possess one alive".

    This means you can choose to release one you've caught. I've asked VDIF, and even though it sounds weird -- it's true.

    I chose to decapitate the one I caught in accordance with VDIF's wishes for VA anglers. I'll do the same for any others I (hopefully) catch. They're fun on a fly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by turbineblade View Post
    It is not a legal requirement to kill a caught snakehead in this region, but it is illegal to "possess one alive".

    This means you can choose to release one you've caught. I've asked VDIF, and even though it sounds weird -- it's true.

    I chose to decapitate the one I caught in accordance with VDIF's wishes for VA anglers. I'll do the same for any others I (hopefully) catch. They're fun on a fly.
    Its a legal requirement to kill them in MD

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