This homely, carnivorous fish from Southeast Asia is a delicacy in its home turf – and a menace in Maryland, where the fish are reproducing in a pond near a shopping center. Breathes air, but cannot walk overland for three days, as some have claimed.
Armed (with sharp teeth) and considered dangerous. Will defend nesting areas, but will not kill people who disturb them. (Phew!)
FISH: THE GIANT SNAKEHEAD, IKAN TOMAN
Other names include red snakehead, redline snakehead, Malabar snakehead, and Ikan toman (where ikan is ” fish” in both Indonesian and Malay). The giant snakehead is known in …en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giant_snakehead – Cached
Toman (Giant Snakehead) are pretty awesome looking animals. Put it on the bucket list!
Toman 11 lbs caught with Terminator Spinnerbait rigged with Trigger-X Swimming Grub! Trigger the Bite!
Thursday January 16, 2014 MYT 7:12:08 AM
Schoolboy reels in giant snakehead fish
ALOR SETAR: A 16-year-old schoolboy could not believe his luck when he landed an 8kg giant snakehead fish (ikan toman) in Sungai Padang Terap here.
Mohamad Aiman Mohamad Zin from SMK Tunku Abdul Malik was with a friend on a borrowed sampan when he landed the catch at about 6.30pm on Tuesday.
“All I used was an artificial bait. I felt a big tug and knew that I had caught something big but I never imagined that it could be a fish of this size.
“I had to use all my strength to land the fish into the canoe, and this took a good 15 minutes as the toman is known for being a fighter,” he said when met yesterday.
Mohamad Aiman said he also caught a toman fish in the river last year but it was only 5kg, adding that the fish was commonly found in lakes or upstream of rivers.
“My family has yet to decide what to do with the fish.
“We may sell it or even cook it for ourselves,” Mohamad Aiman said.
B.C.’s snakehead caught after Burnaby pond drained
Previous attempts to catch the invasive species with nets failed
Posted: Jun 8, 2012 8:29 AM PT
Last Updated: Jun 8, 2012 7:29 PM PT
Click on this to watch video 1: RAW Snakehead capture0:20
Click on this to watch video 2:Searching for snakehead2:05
The so-called frankenfish living in a Burnaby, B.C., lagoon was finally caught after officials drained the water from the park reservoir.
The fish was caught by biologists after they dragged a net through the partially drained pond just after 11 a.m. PT Friday. It was killed shortly after it was caught.
Previous attempts to catch the fish with nets were unsuccessful, so earlier this week, provincial officials began pumping water out of the lagoon in hopes of finding and destroying the fish.
Environment Minister Terry Lake said it’s a preventive measure.
“Once this fish gets into the ecosystem, it can really affect the biodiversity of the natural ecosystems, and so native species will simply die off at the hands of this northern snakehead. We have to prevent this fish from coming in and destroying ecosystems here in British Columbia.”
The northern snakehead is native to China and Siberia, and could survive a Canadian winter, experts say. (U.S. Department of the Interior)
Officials say once the pond is drained, any and all invasive species they find will be removed, and it will be refilled and restocked with native species.
GIANT SNAKEHEAD/IKAN TOMAN/FRANKENFISH 2 December 2012
Angler hooks RM40,000 ‘toman’
LOOK AT THE SIZE OF THIS GIANT SNAKEHEAD!
It weighed 3.8kg (8.37 pounds). It was caught in Selangor, next to Kuala Lumpur (the capital of Malaysia), on 10th October 2012.
The prize money for this fish was RM40,000 or US$13,150.
AFTER picking up fishing as a hobby, Saharudin Mohd Rani turned to competitive angling.
SUBANG JAYA: Never did it cross his mind that his hobby will help him win big — he recently emerged champion at the ninth leg of the GP Selangor Fishing Competition 2012, bagging him RM40,000.
Saharudin was one of the 586 participants in the competition held at Subang Ria Park. The event attracted anglers from as far as Kelantan and Terengganu.
The 42-year-old dispatch rider from Sea Park here said he used catfish as bait. It took him only 10 minutes to reel in his 3.8kg winning toman catch.
Read more: Angler hooks RM40,000 ‘toman’ – Central – New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/streets/central/angler-hooks-rm40-000-toman-1.155150#ixzz2DlaooInG
Written on March 15, 2010 at 12:44 by MAATFA
Bukit Merah Laketown Resort organized the Toman Challenge Fishing Competition for the second time on 7 March 2010 following the success of the first Toman Challenge on 25 December 2008. The Toman Challenge was organized with the cooperation from the Perak Fisheries Department.
The winner of the Toman Challenge was En. Mohd Rizal Bin Ahmad from Pondok Tanjung with a toman catch of 3.22 Kilograms. He won RM2,000 in cash and souvenirs worth RM500 from TCE Tackles Sdn Bhd. En. Mohd Rizal Bin Ahmad works as an operator. He used meat as bait and caught the winning fish at 9.25 a.m. He said that he will use the prize money to purchase baby products for his first baby due in April.
trategically located near the North-South highway, Bukit Merah Laketown Resort is a favourite family holiday destination. There are many attractions here including a Waterpark, an Orang Utan Island, an Ecopark, recreation activities as well as accommodation facilities.
Press release issued by
BUKIT MERAH LAKETOWN RESORT
(Operated By Bukit Merah Resort Sdn Bhd)
It is an aggressive fish that has been known to attack people swimming in the river.
The giant snakehead or giant mudfish (Channa micropeltes) is the largest in the family Channidae, capable of growing to over 1 meter in length (3.3 feet) and a weight of over 20 kilograms (44 pounds).
It is widely distributed in the freshwater of South East Asia and some regions of India. Other names include red snakehead, redline snakehead, Malabar snakehead, and Ikan toman (where ikan is “fish” in both Indonesian and Malay). The giant snakehead is known in Thai language as Pla Chado (Thai: ปลาชะโด).
“If you come across this fish, Please do not release. Please KILL this fish by cutting/bleeding” (Maryland).
In summer of 2002 a northern snakehead, Channa argus, was caught in an unnamed pond in Crofton, Maryland. The capture of the fish instantly made news and worried residents since the snakehead, a fast-breeding, aggressive fish that can quickly overwhelm an ecosystem, is native to China, not the United States. Authorities quickly created a Snakehead Scientific Advisory Panel (SSAP) to survey the problem. With tensions high, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources posted a notice with a photograph of the snakehead below which was this alarming caption: “If you come across this fish, Please do not release. Please KILL this fish by cutting/bleeding” (Maryland).
The SSAP presented a frightening portrait of the northern snakehead: The fish has a greater temperature tolerance than most other fish, is highly adaptable to a wide range of environs (evidenced by its establishment in waters all over Asia), reproduces at a high rate (one female can produce 100,000 eggs a year), and feeds on a wide variety of fish of all sizes, shrimps, prawns, crabs, and insect larvae (Hilton 2002; Uyeno and Akai1984; Welcome 1985). Incredibly, the northern snakehead fish can survive out of water for up to four days and can move across land in search of water. Operating with the assumption that “All introductions of non-native species pose risks to native species and their habitats,” the Snakehead Scientific Advisory Panel (2002) recommended a two-step process of eradication: an herbicide to eliminate plant growth in the infested pond, and an application of the piscicide Rotenone.
That effort did not succeed.
To Eradicate the Northern Snakehead: A Critique
1 October, 2011
Psycho predator is Sid Fishious
A SAVAGE fish more terrifying than a piranha has been caught in Britain for the first time — sparking fears of a deadly invasion.
The vicious giant snakehead EATS everything it comes across and has even been reported to KILL people.
The monster — from south-east Asia — has a mouth crammed with fearsome teeth, can “crawl” on land and survive out of water for up to four days.
News that a 2ft specimen had been hooked in an English river caused widespread panic among anglers and conservationists.
Adult snakeheads can grow to 3ft long and weigh as much as 44lb.
For a fuller account, click on the link below:
JANESVILLE, Wis., Sept. 24 — A carnivorous alien fish known for its voracious appetite and ability to wriggle short distances on land has been found in southern Wisconsin’s Rock River. The discovery of the 2-foot-long giant snakehead by the state Department of Natural Resources marks the first time the species, a native of Asia, has been found in Wisconsin waters, where officials said it may not survive the winter cold.
Snakehead found in Wisconsin
By Ronnie Garrison, About.com Guide
Snakehead fish are native to China but are imported into the US as aquarium fish as well as food fish. Snakeheads can cause serious problems to native fish populations if they get established in US waters.
A snakehead was found recently in a river in Wisconsin. Incredibly, it was not identified before it was released back into the river! It could be an aquarium pet that got too big and was dumped, or it could have been imported for food and somehow been released into the river.
fishing.about.com/cs/fishfactsinfo/a/aa092703a.htm – Cached
Promoting the sport of fishing in Asia and beyond
Catching the Giant Snakehead: Project Clean Up
The clean-up crew was asked to remove as many Tomans (Giant Snakeheads) as we could from the water. We’re talking fishing in a restricted area. There are Tapah and other big fish in some parts but by far the Tomans far outnumber the other.
Being top dog, errr… top predatory fish, they are apparently starting to be a nuisance and are affecting the population of other fishes. “No catch and release please!” we were told. That goes against my usual practice but what the heck. With the circumstances being extra ordinary this is like a fisherman’s wet dream come true. Surely.
For more, click on the link below:
sportfishin.asia/fishing-tales/what-the-fish/channa… – Cached
15 July 2002
|WASHINGTON – The torpedo-shaped Asian snakehead fish is causing panic among US naturalists.The marauding invader, dubbed ‘Frankenfish’, has a voracious appetite and seemingly supernatural powers.
It has aroused fears from the moment its presence in the United States first became the subject of news headlines and local television broadcasts.
The creature causing the uproar is not the invention of a Hollywood B-movie scriptwriter but the spawn of southern Chinese waterways.
Practically overnight, the northern snakehead fish has come to be seen as one of the most dangerous interlopers to threaten any US ecosystem.
The snakehead has won its fearsome reputation for its unsettling ability to survive on land for days at a time, its capacity for rapid growth and its insatiable appetite.
For more, read:
JUL 15, 2002: Frankenfish : Voracious eater that can grow very quickly; Can ‘walk’ on its fins and live on land for days; WASHINGTON – The torpedo-shaped Asian …
www.ecologyasia.com/…/jul-02/straitstimes.asia1.com.sg… – Cached