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Are hound-fish dangerous to waders?

post #1 of 17
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So last night I went wading in the bay to check out the bait situation.The water was super murkey,and we couldn't see any mullet,but something was making them jump.Fished thru dark,then turned to head in,me and Steve used our lights to scope for bait(no one else was there wink.gif )Spotted some large spearing,but couldn't see the mullet after dark.I turned my light to the side and a 16-20 in houndfish launched it's self 2ft up and 6 ft away from me like a rocket.Farther in Steve spotted another that rushed past him.Then near shore I surprised one right in front of me,that bolted right at me,hit my legs and swam between my legs icon25.gif.A friend today told me that they can be dangerous.Should I wear eye protection

No fish,but I think I had a houndfish hit the teaser twice
post #2 of 17
A steel cup is recommended smile.gif
post #3 of 17
Their bark is worse than their bite tongue.gif
post #4 of 17
There are documented cases of people killed by Houndfish. I don't know how big one would have to be to kill you but a 20 incher traveling at 40mph and hitting you square in the belly could be fatal. We catch 4 footers pretty often in the summer. They are a hoot to catch. Very fast and acrobatic too.

Sturgeon are causing several serious injuries per year in the Suwannee River, about 60 miles north of here.
post #5 of 17
Here is a an interesting piece of info:

"Victims like Karri Larson are rare, but they are out there: kayakers and hikers speared in shallow waters by a leaping houndfish, the Miami Herald reports. The needlefish is 4 feet long and, true to its name, possesses a long, pointed snout. It also has the ability to jump out of the water, in order to avoid predators—or, in some cases, engage them. In Larson's case, experts think the needlefish felt threatened by her kayak paddles, leaped out of the water, and stabbed her through the back."

And this:

"Houndfish are considered somewhat dangerous and are feared by fishermen because of their size and tendency to leap out of the water, causing puncture wounds with their beaks, when frightened or attracted to the very lights used to catch them."

Eye protection, I'd look into body armor!!
post #6 of 17
I fish in an area with tons of Needlefish and they do leap out of the water when you hit them with a flashlight. They lazily swim on the surface looking for mullet.The hound fish is a member of the same family.
post #7 of 17
4 foot fish not being targeted? where can I find these fish?! I have a 4 weight I used for 25 lb gar.........didn't land 1, but they bit, 5 seconds of adrenaline over an hour is better than.....pancakes
post #8 of 17
They are a cool fish for sure.
post #9 of 17
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Originally Posted by emgred View Post


Eye protection, I'd look into body armor!!

I feel lucky to have gotten out without injury wink.gif

They were pretty cool !!
post #10 of 17
Wow. I've caught a few of these fish before. Nothing crazy, with the largest one I caught being a little over 2lbs. I've never even thought about getting stabbed by one. cwm31.gif Up untill now I've only been worrying about those nasty teeth!
post #11 of 17
In NJ, are you sure they were hound fish and not just run of the mill needle fish?
post #12 of 17
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In NJ, are you sure they were hound fish and not just run of the mill needle fish
the area that it happened in has been producing houndfish over 3 ft long all summer.What I saw was under 2 ft long,but the speed of the encounter made positive ID impossible
post #13 of 17
Once while clamming in the OBX bays, I got attacked... by a bunch of 2" shrimp... biggrin.gif

When i walked out of the water, I had half a dozen shrimp stuck in my legs, with their barbed 'horn' penetrating the skin. That would suck to have a 4 foot fish taking a poke at you...
post #14 of 17
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Originally Posted by scooter pie View Post

Once while clamming in the OBX bays, I got attacked... by a bunch of 2" shrimp... biggrin.gif

When i walked out of the water, I had half a dozen shrimp stuck in my legs, with their barbed 'horn' penetrating the skin. That would suck to have a 4 foot fish taking a poke at you...

Never had that happen with the brown shrimp, but i had a encounter with a few Mantis shrimp this summer.
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