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#1 don212

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Posted 18 May 2015 - 07:51 AM

took my trailer to a park in st augustine fl. dipnetted a few topminnows in small pond there, but observed a fisherman who caught a small, about 10 inch snake head , first time i've seen one, though i guess there pretty prevalent in fl. 



#2 mneilson

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Posted 16 June 2015 - 02:49 PM

Sure it wasn't a bowfin? Do you have a picture, or can you email me with a description of the location (my username at usgs dot gov)? We (the USGS NAS database) have no records of any snakehead species from there, and we'd be interested in folloowing up on this as it would represent an very new introduction/range expansion.


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#3 don212

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Posted 21 June 2015 - 03:37 PM

no,didn't have a camera at time, color made me disregard bowfin, it was brightly colored,green, it was dead in the grass, fisherman said it was a snakehead, large retention pond behind st. john's rv park, 2493 st rd 207 saint augustine off exit311 i95. at the time i thought they were all over fl. though after googling i know better.



#4 mattknepley

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Posted 21 June 2015 - 05:13 PM

Bowfin can get pretty green, though I couldn't say it was or wasn't a snakehead as I have no experience with them. Maybe this pic from the gallery archive can help...

bowfin.jpg


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#5 Isaac Szabo

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Posted 21 June 2015 - 05:13 PM

Bowfin can have bright green spawning colors:

 

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This is not my photo. It's from http://www.fishingbu...tos/uber_bowfin

 

Edit: Matt beat me to it. It looks like we were replying at the same time.



#6 mattknepley

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Posted 21 June 2015 - 05:18 PM

Isaac, when it comes to photography, this is the ONLY way I'll ever beat you at anything! :)
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#7 don212

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Posted 21 June 2015 - 10:18 PM

yeah, i didn't look closely enough to be sure now, color is right , would a small one color up?



#8 butch

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Posted 22 June 2015 - 09:37 AM

Yes a small bowfin can get colored up. Caught a 12" male bowfin last week.

#9 don212

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Posted 22 June 2015 - 09:59 PM

hopefully thats what i saw



#10 gerald

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Posted 22 June 2015 - 10:25 PM

An awful lot of bowfins throughout their range suddenly became "snakeheads" in the fishing community after the much-publicized Chesapeake invasion.


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