Hello all. I have never posted a question on here before but I do occasionally browse the different topics. I wasn't sure under what section I should post this question.
Last week I took a quick cruise
out to Cape Lookout from Pamlico Sound here in NC at the southern end of the Outer Banks
. I spent a couple days just working the boat and all the systems to make sure everything was good before heading south. The few nights that I anchored in the bight, there were schools of fish
feeding on the little baitfish under my boat. Every 5 or 10 seconds I would here one hit the hull
of the boat as they went after their prey. This went on for hours. Being a fisherman, I caught 2 of these fish
but didn't know what they were. Later, after searching the Internet
, I believe they were some sort of snakehead fish, an invasive species of fish, or at least that's what they looked like. They were ugly fish and very aggressive with a mouthful of teeth. The next morning, my dinghy
was going flat. I didn't tie the two events
together til I got back to shore, flipped over the dinghy
, and cleaned it to find, not only 6 areas where it had been sliced open, but also found some teeth still imbedded in the rubber.
A few questions that I have. First, has anyone heard of the snakehead fish being in saltwater, and has anyone heard if this happening before or had it happen to them. I was among 8 other boats the 2 nights I was there, and most if the other boats were towing inflatables as well so I don't think mine could have been the only one hit. Had I known that's what caused it, I would have asked one of the other boats. Anyway, just let me know. Thanks for the help.