tomkaz

Walking Catfish Suicide in Florida

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15 mins ago, tomkaz said:

I wonder how many "invasive" species have made it from NAmerica to Asia and grabbed a foothold? Meanwhile, we have to deal with:

 

kudzu

walking catfish

snakeheads

zebra mussels

clown knife fish

wicked smaht valedictorians 

 

what else? 

 

If an invasive makes a good addition to the pool of available gamefish worth fishing for, shouldn't we embrace it (a prime example is brown trout which are native to Europe only and are highly invasive to North America, they have destroyed many native trout fisheries in areas they have been introduced, but they are preferable as a gamefish when compared to the brook trout they have displaced)? The fact is that the typical North American FW game fish suck compared to the fish from other countries. Give me taimen, tiger fish, paraiba, arapaima, wels cats, golden dorado, northern snakehead, and I would say who cares about largemouth bass, small mouth bass, pike, and musky. What wouldn't I give to have Nile Perch (biggest member of the snook family) introduced to the Mississippi water shed!

 

BTW, Thailand has alligator gar, but unlike Americans, the people in Thailand appreciate the fish as a gamefish and pay money to fish lakes where they stock alligator gar. Could you imagine how awesome it would be to have alligator gar reintroduced back into their full native range? Kiss the Asian carp problem goodbye! And, say hello to FW fly fishing for a fish that can reach length up to 12ft.:)

 

Japan considers lmb to be an invasive species. 

 

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On 8/8/2018 at 10:04 AM, tomkaz said:

Went for a walk around the man-made lake in our community and encountered these. All found in an area about 20 yards long, they must have “walked” out of the lake after an overnight shower. Quick draining left them dry before they could find another pond or return to their lake. 

 

The first one is about 15” long, the rest less than half that length. 

 

Mass suicide of an invasive Asian species does not make me sad. 

 

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Man they're ugly.

How did these things get here?

JD

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38 mins ago, jjdbike said:

Man they're ugly.

How did these things get here?

JD

How they got in the manmade lake? There’s another lake about 40 yards away on one end, they likely crawled. 

 

How did did they get on the walkway? Crawled out during a brief storm. Most were dead in the grass and sand along the walkway. The big one was dead on the middle of walkway. They dried out once the rain stopped. 

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Agree on cormorants in FW.... they will wipe out all the smaller fish in a pond. 

 

Invasive species geez... there are so many. Just google invasive species FL and you will be amazed at the number. Some good (like Peacocks & the cichlids) but mostly not so good.

 

Of course as usual, man is the source of the problem.

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1 hour ago, gman1253 said:

Agree on cormorants in FW.... they will wipe out all the smaller fish in a pond. 

 

Invasive species geez... there are so many. Just google invasive species FL and you will be amazed at the number. Some good (like Peacocks & the cichlids) but mostly not so good.

 

Of course as usual, man is the source of the problem.

 

It seems that you can throw snakeheads in the good list too, they look like they offer nothing but excellent game fish opportunities.

 

 

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