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 Posted: Wed Jan 21st, 2009 06:43 am
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Saw in the Stywe Lyne a guy going on about snakeheads.

Is it true that the've been introduced into our waters?

I know that they're bastids but damn i'd like to get one of those on lure.

Saw them catch 'em on a show one time, verocious buggers if you ask me.

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 Posted: Wed Jan 21st, 2009 06:53 am
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmU7etSYYqI

Jeepers, freaky stuff.

Just do a search on fishzilla.

If caught in SA waters, CUT ITS HEAD OFF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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 Posted: Wed Jan 21st, 2009 06:53 am
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i hope not caase they wipe out our bream and minow populations very quickly

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 Posted: Wed Jan 21st, 2009 03:15 pm
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Catch snakeheads here in Taiwan regularly on the lake just outside my apartment. Are very aggressive an explode out of the water as they hit your surface lure! Great fun on light tackle. But yeah, if you catch one KILL IT!!!!! They will attack anything that swims!

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 Posted: Wed Jan 21st, 2009 04:16 pm
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It seems these things would clear out our waters pretty quickly as we don't have many fresh water predator fish.

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 Posted: Wed Jan 21st, 2009 05:29 pm
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i agree ...id kill to catch a decent one on topwater

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 Posted: Mon Jan 26th, 2009 04:34 pm
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So is the snakehead myth true?

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 Posted: Tue Jan 27th, 2009 06:56 am
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I always jokingly say that if these fish are edible, then send our commercial fisherman over there to decrease the population a bit! Can just see 10 guys on a boat in green skins hauling snakeheads like snoek.
I guess someone just needs to discover snakehead sushi and there wont be an overpopulation problem then.

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 Posted: Tue Jan 27th, 2009 07:32 am
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the snake head myth is very true

the states has a big prob in one of there lakes now because of a guy that didn't want to eat them so he released them in to the river with out thinking of the disasters devastation they can cause this was on national geographic not so long ago.

PLEASE IF YOU CATCH A SNAKE HEAD IN OUR WATERS KILL IT. ITS ALREADY TO LATE BECAUSE THEY REPRODUCE FASTER THEN RABBITS BUT NONE THE LESS KILL IT, OTHER WISE WE KAN SAY THIS IS THE LAST BLOW ON OUR INDIGENOUS FRESHWATER SPECIES.

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 Posted: Wed Jan 28th, 2009 10:01 am
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Yeah i heard about what happened in the states! But if i ever catch a snakehead in our waters i will cut its head off as soon as i land it!

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 Posted: Sun May 22nd, 2011 01:25 pm
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anyone know where these snakeheads can be found ? what waterways have been taken over ? Ive been hearing a lot about them and how they taking over SA , but have no idea in what areas

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 Posted: Mon May 23rd, 2011 03:20 am
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does anybody have any proof that there is actually any snake heads in our waters. i have to see it before i believe it. i work on the airport with animal imports and i must say that all wildlife species(fish,reptiles.mamals and birds)  are inspected before they are released by customs  if a fish specie is on the black list it will be killed and the importer will get a hefty fine for importing fish that is on the black list.

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 Posted: Mon May 23rd, 2011 03:22 am
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Patrick wrote: I always jokingly say that if these fish are edible, then send our commercial fisherman over there to decrease the population a bit! Can just see 10 guys on a boat in green skins hauling snakeheads like snoek.
I guess someone just needs to discover snakehead sushi and there wont be an overpopulation problem then.


Lol, Patrick its like the Asian "Flying " Carp. They where introduced into the american waters and have now undergone a population explosion. They breed 2 - 3 times a year. Its spectacular to see how these fish leap into the air when they are frightened.

I saw a program on the discovery channel, where this chap harvests 15 tons of these fish per day and it has not even made a dent in the fish stock.

Now imagine the possibilities here in SA, no more malnutrition. Rural families being subsistance fishermen, "Job opportunities"

We have a unique water way system here in KZN where our water feeds from midmar to Hazelmere then to shongweni and indanda. Imagine if they stocked one of the lower dams with this species of carp.

I know it would be determental to the bass and other carp species in the dam, but for a sports fisherman, it would be absolute heaven.

Ps they grow up to 50 - 60kg in weight

 

 

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MichaelK wrote:
Patrick wrote: I always jokingly say that if these fish are edible, then send our commercial fisherman over there to decrease the population a bit! Can just see 10 guys on a boat in green skins hauling snakeheads like snoek.
I guess someone just needs to discover snakehead sushi and there wont be an overpopulation problem then.


Lol, Patrick its like the Asian "Flying " Carp. They where introduced into the american waters and have now undergone a population explosion. They breed 2 - 3 times a year. Its spectacular to see how these fish leap into the air when they are frightened.

I saw a program on the discovery channel, where this chap harvests 15 tons of these fish per day and it has not even made a dent in the fish stock.

Now imagine the possibilities here in SA, no more malnutrition. Rural families being subsistance fishermen, "Job opportunities"

We have a unique water way system here in KZN where our water feeds from midmar to Hazelmere then to shongweni and indanda. Imagine if they stocked one of the lower dams with this species of carp.

I know it would be determental to the bass and other carp species in the dam, but for a sports fisherman, it would be absolute heaven.

Ps they grow up to 50 - 60kg in weight

 

 


There are 2 types of Chinese Carp, The silver growing to 25kg average and the Bighead growing to 80kg

The Olifants river system below the Loskop dam all the way to the indian ocean is infested with them. they were being bred at the Elandsriver fisheries in a feeding program to act as a protein supplement

There was a flood, a breeding dam broke and for more than 15 years now we've had a jumping carp population in the Arabie (Flag Boshielo dam)

They are filter feeders and are caught using floating baits or chumming the surface and then casting flies to them.

I've caught to 12.5kg and seen 20kg+ fish and the Crocodiles feast on them. Acrobatic fighters that jump and rin hard and often fight till dead. I've been fishing that system from before they were introduced and still fish the system and one cannot see any difference in the fishing other than that the Bass in the dam are now really big (feeding on the silver carp fry)

Plecostamus have also invaded the KZN rivers where they mess up the banks by burrowing in.

Snakeheads, first I've heard the rumor but it could be very dangerous to fish stocks. If it's true then it's something to be really concerned about

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Dont believe that the snakeheads are here in SA, Ill believe it when i see it.

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?????pls tell me how you check all stuff? i dont think random counts!


does anybody have any proof that there is actually any snake heads in our waters. i have to see it before i believe it. i work on the airport with animal imports and i must say that all wildlife species(fish,reptiles.mamals and birds) are inspected before they are released by customs if a fish specie is on the black list it will be killed and the importer will get a hefty fine for importing fish that is on the black lis




sorry but customs in s.a is like the rest corrupt.
i have imported marine fish before and only once they opend more than 1 box and the best they have no clue what is what.they ask me for it.any thing very possible here.

its africa.

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i agree this is africa.  i realy dont think that a fish importer will bring something illegal in that will close down a company. and if you are a private that is importing fish without a agent your shipment will propebly be double checked for the right specie. yes i agree not all the boxes is opened at once. but they are opened randomly and i have about 4 teams of customs(CBU) that is going thru our warehouse just opening boxes randomly. but on live animals you have the state vet and fauna and flora also going thru the documentation and making sure that whatever is coming into the country is legal. 

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Hathaw skieppie, i slip you one time 20 Yen yes. You pass my consignment snakehead Hathaw:spite

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 Posted: Mon May 23rd, 2011 07:57 am
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Jokes aside skieppie. Unfortunately we live in a society that is open to corruption. I personally know of 2 customs officials who organize designer glasses and clothing to over look minor bill of entry (Imported consignments) irregularities. So if someone say snakeheads are here in SA, i would not be at all suprised.

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