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Posted on May 20, 2013 | Permalink

It's a Spotted Hake

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Southern
Location: Chesapeake Beach

We caught two of these and unfortunately we only killed one thanks to my 5 year old son Sean. I am guessing itís a snakehead and after what I am reading now these are bad news. They seemed to be plentiful so I will kill them all next time I catch them. I have never caught one before down here at Chesapeaek Beach and have fished here the past two seasons a lot. More concerning I guess is that these were babies and only 6 inches so I don't know where mom and dad is. We caught them in front of the Rod and Reel at Chesapeake Beach in 25 foot of water on bloodworm.

Correction after further research this is a hake. I never caught one before and many people couldn't tell me what the heck it was until now. I am glad it's not a snakehead so these fish will live on. Also why are these fish here and how come I never caught one before? Everyone that I showed the picture too couldn't tell me what it was so I am guessing they are very uncommon at Chesapeake Beach.

DNR Response:Hello Brian, thanks for the entry. Youíre correct Ė itís a hake, a Spotted Hake. Sub-adultís typically venture into bay waters each spring. Hereís additional Anglerís Log entries with hake involved.

Tags: Spotted Hake