2011/10/8 Northern Snakehead / Raigyo
Northern Snakehead / Raigyo [jp]
Channa argus (Cantor, 1842)
Snakeheads were imported from Asian Continent in the early 20th century as food fish then this southern speciemen adopted to the waters of Japan from south to north. Much like pike, snakeheads are vicious predator who hides quietly waiting for anything that passes by and fits its mouth from bull frogs to baby goose.
Habitat & Season
6-8wt depending on how heavy the target fish is. When knowingly go into area with heavy cover, it is recommended to use 10wt for all time so that fight will be minimal prior to release the fish. It has tendency to keep swallowing what’s in its mouth, so you will need “mouth opener” to protect both the fish and your hands. Otherwise, you can use the same tackle used for pike.