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Snakehead Myths abd facts
Snakehead Myths abd facts
July 16, 2024
My boat has literally caught hundreds of northern snakeheads on artificial lures. Ive spent hundred and hundreds of hours on the potomac river specifically targeting northern snakeheads. Ive been on dnr committees and have direct contact with biologists that i can ask specific questions and get specific answers as far as snakehead surveys and behaviors. Here are some myth destroying facts : 1. Snakeheads can walk on land - no they cant. They can wiggle and can live out of water for a period of time because they can get oxygen through water and air but they cant “walk” on land. 2. Snakeheads spawn multiple times a year - there is absolutely no evidence that a female northern snakehead living in the potomac is capable of spawning mire than 1 time a year. There are many fish that spaen multiple tines a year - mostly prey fish like bluegill. However, ive talked to federal, state and snskehesd “experts” and biologists that have absolutely no evidence that a femake snakehead can develop a egg sack, spawn and have fry more than once a year. 3. Go to asia to catch the biggest northern snakeheads - false false. The biggest snajeheads in the world have for the most part come from the Potomac River. The past four world records were caught from the potomac until recently when a new record came from the blackwater eastern shore of maryland area. 4. Snakeheads make circular nests on bottom to spawn - no they dont. They maje a floating nest of vegetation for eggs. A circular spot on the bottom is not ftom a snakehead. 5. It is illegal to let a snakeheaf go - no its not. Its only illegal to transport a live snakehesd. You must either kill or immediately release a snakehead brought to the boat. Although the dnr will encourage you to kill sll snskeheads / you should understsnd thst these same dnr shock and then relesse snakeheads during surveys. These same dnrs release false info on snakeheads- such ss they spawn multiple times a year. 6. Snakeheads are aggresive and easy to catch - false. Snakeheads are extremely pressured on the potomac by fishermen and bow hunting. The snakehead fry ate easy to spot and tgen kill their protective parents. They have adapted over the years to this pressure by living in extremely heavy cover and aware of boats, anglers and even certain lures. They may be “easy” in tbe itrigation ditches of the eastern shore but they are a chalkengr on the potomac. There is few tbings as exciting as watching a snakehead chasing an artificial lure. Quit watching u tube and telling me how much you know from tv. Get on the water and show me how much you know. You might learn thst you know very little.
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What anglers said about fishing in Upper Chesapeake Bay

Just a hot day. Captain had fans a cabin AC if needed. Trying to get a trip in June for different fish next time.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Just a hot day. Captain had fans a cabin AC if needed. Trying to get a trip in June for different fish next time.
Strike Zone Charter Fishing from Solomons, MD
Strike Zone Charter Fishing from Solomons, MD
The bite can be as hot as the temperatures, find a good captain that knows the fish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The bite can be as hot as the temperatures, find a good captain that knows the fish.
Stella Charters LLC
Stella Charters LLC
The fishing was great, but definitely be ready for heat and sun! Sunscreen, water, and a hat all came in great.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The fishing was great, but definitely be ready for heat and sun! Sunscreen, water, and a hat all came in great.
Stella Charters LLC
Stella Charters LLC
We had a great day fishing and learned more about catching fish than we knew when we started this morning.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We had a great day fishing and learned more about catching fish than we knew when we started this morning.
U.S. Blues Chesapeake Charters
U.S. Blues Chesapeake Charters
The ride out was a little long (1-1/2 hours) but we were on the fish as soon as we put lines in the water. Make sure you know limits (currently one fish 19” to 24” per person) to manage expectations. We had to put a 30” plus fish back as it was too big, but still a fun catch. We left with a ton of fish in the cooler and were back on land before lunch.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The ride out was a little long (1-1/2 hours) but we were on the fish as soon as we put lines in the water. Make sure you know limits (currently one fish 19” to 24” per person) to manage expectations. We had to put a 30” plus fish back as it was too big, but still a fun catch. We left with a ton of fish in the cooler and were back on land before lunch.
Just For Fun Too Charters
Just For Fun Too Charters
Crew was great with the kids. Everyone caught fish. Great morning on the bay!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew was great with the kids. Everyone caught fish. Great morning on the bay!
Elligail
Elligail
Patience and time of day…we had a great time and are cooking up the catch as I type.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Patience and time of day…we had a great time and are cooking up the catch as I type.
Mary Lou Too Charters
Mary Lou Too Charters
Just listen to what the captain is telling you and enjoy the day. They are the experts. They’ll make sure you have a great time.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Just listen to what the captain is telling you and enjoy the day. They are the experts. They’ll make sure you have a great time.
Rockin N Rowan
Rockin N Rowan
I would recommend following the Captain’s directions. It's very easy from there.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I would recommend following the Captain’s directions. It's very easy from there.
Patent Pending Charters
Patent Pending Charters
You do not have to go out far but within five minutes we were fishing. So you’re not spending any time trying to get somewhere. We booked a five hour trip and spent 4 1/2 hours of fishing.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
You do not have to go out far but within five minutes we were fishing. So you’re not spending any time trying to get somewhere. We booked a five hour trip and spent 4 1/2 hours of fishing.
Vistaladyfish LLC
Vistaladyfish LLC
Climb aboard and get ready for a fun day and great experience with Captain Billy and his mate .
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Climb aboard and get ready for a fun day and great experience with Captain Billy and his mate .
Ebb Tide Charters
Ebb Tide Charters
Use Captain Jon Webster! He knows where the fish are and he provides quality equipment to fish with.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Use Captain Jon Webster! He knows where the fish are and he provides quality equipment to fish with.
Last Cast Charters
Last Cast Charters Mount Airy, North Carolina
Probably better fishing, especially the bottom fishing, in the morning vs. an afternoon charter.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Probably better fishing, especially the bottom fishing, in the morning vs. an afternoon charter.
Lucky Strike Charters
Lucky Strike Charters
Allow ample time to arrive. Some winding back roads to get to dock. Bring coolers with ice and some snacks & drinks to enjoy between fishing spots. Bring a hat & sunglasses too!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Allow ample time to arrive. Some winding back roads to get to dock. Bring coolers with ice and some snacks & drinks to enjoy between fishing spots. Bring a hat & sunglasses too!
Hallock's Grace Charters
Hallock's Grace Charters
Absolutely! He’s a great guide and good teacher. He noticed our different interests from birds to fish to local cultures and engaged us all.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Absolutely! He’s a great guide and good teacher. He noticed our different interests from birds to fish to local cultures and engaged us all.
Schooled Up Charters – Annapolis
Schooled Up Charters – Annapolis
Dress appropriately needed long sleeves and long pants for the ride out. But shots and sunscreen for fishing! Stella Charters was awesome Captain was great and the mate busted his but to help us catch fish and have a great time. Highly recommend them we will be back!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Dress appropriately needed long sleeves and long pants for the ride out. But shots and sunscreen for fishing! Stella Charters was awesome Captain was great and the mate busted his but to help us catch fish and have a great time. Highly recommend them we will be back!
Stella Charters LLC
Stella Charters LLC
Check the seasons with Maryland DNR to make sure you know when they are. They can change just like keep or release lengths can change year to year.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Check the seasons with Maryland DNR to make sure you know when they are. They can change just like keep or release lengths can change year to year.
Bay Raider Outfitters LLC
Bay Raider Outfitters LLC
Don’t let the cold scare you! Caught our limit in about 2 hours once the bite was on.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Don’t let the cold scare you! Caught our limit in about 2 hours once the bite was on.
Loosen Up Charters
Loosen Up Charters
The Salty Siren Fishing has you covered with all required to have a Great time and Catch Fish. The only thing you need is to dress for the weather, food and refreshments.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The Salty Siren Fishing has you covered with all required to have a Great time and Catch Fish. The only thing you need is to dress for the weather, food and refreshments.
Salty Siren Fishing (Northern Bay)
Salty Siren Fishing (Northern Bay)
Be ready. Rockfishing is a little slow, but when they hit the lure, be ready for action.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be ready. Rockfishing is a little slow, but when they hit the lure, be ready for action.
Good Time Charters
Good Time Charters