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Outdoors: Snakehead fish are here to stay in Virginia

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Posted: Thursday, May 23, 2013 8:00 pm

I read last week that the northern snakehead fish – sometimes called the “Frankenfish” because of their monster-like teeth and aggressiveness – have found their way into the Rappahannock River.

Snakeheads first captured the attention of Virginia fishermen in 2004 when a bass angler on the Potomac hooked and landed one. It now appears inevitable that the prolific snakeheads will spread throughout Virginia, including other tidal rivers like the James and Chickahominy. But as of now, even though they are an invasive species, they don’t appear to be the threat that they were once considered.

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