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Jeff wrote at 2007-07-12 19:57:53
David,



That description DEFINITELY sounds like you caught a snakehead to me.



Unfortunately, snakeheads as far as I know are not native to Texas.


Steven wrote at 2007-10-09 13:22:10
Hi David,



      Well, I don't live in Texas but I think the fish you are describing is a Bowfin or Mudfish we have them in Florida and they eat everything. I have heard that when you catch them you are supposed to kill them but I never do that. Hope that helped.

         

         Sincerely,

         Steven


john wrote at 2008-03-04 09:46:26
David,

You might want to  look into lungfish. Living in that area, plenty of ships that use water as ballast for their ships leave plenty of non-native fish in locale water sources.


El Maton wrote at 2008-04-01 01:23:25
Lindsay, what you caught was a bigmouth goby.  I just caught one yesterday fishing for bass on a spinner.  I was fishing in a reservoir between San Benito and Brownsville area.  That is the third fish i catch.  It is a strange looking fish here in the valley.


Kipstermania wrote at 2010-05-25 15:49:55
A friend of mine recently caught the fish I believe you are describing with large vertical round paddle like pectoral fins and the ugliest head looks simliar to sn aligator slmost I've been searcing all day to no good direction!


Kipstermania wrote at 2010-05-25 15:50:05
A friend of mine recently caught the fish I believe you are describing with large vertical round paddle like pectoral fins and the ugliest head looks simliar to sn aligator slmost I've been searcing all day to no good direction!


slesl wrote at 2010-10-09 22:40:10
I think the fish you're talking about is what we call a "dogfish" in Texas, but is really an Oysterfish.  http://www.thejump.net/id/oysterfish.htm



Thanks,

Leslie


fredddallas wrote at 2011-09-12 19:42:18
http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/huntwild/wild/species/bowfin/



Bowfin, maybe.


fredddallas wrote at 2011-09-12 19:51:56
http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/huntwild/wild/species/exotic/snakehead_bowfin.phtml



Differences between the native bowfin and the snake head mentioned in one of the responses.




lineman262 wrote at 2013-04-30 04:00:30
The fish is a Bowfin. It's sometime confused with at snake fish. You can look it up online.  


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Hi! I can answer any question regarding common tropical fish species, and if there is something I don`t know, I`ll do enough research to give you a good answer. I can also answer any question about setting up a tank, fish diseases, water conditions... Just about anything.

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