Singapore Bass - James Card
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Singapore Bass

Backstory: While fishing for peacock bass in Singapore, I interviewed one angler that later confirmed a suspicion of mine. The non-native peacock bass, he said, are merciless on the population of native snakeheads. The bass gobble up the fry of the snakeheads and thus, snakeheads are not as numerous. I observed the same thing in South Korea where non-native largemouth bass share the same water with native snakeheads. In those watersheds, bass will outnumber snakeheads by at least 50 to 1 or even 100 to 1. Therefore, the hype in the U.S. about snakeheads being an invasive threat is way overblown. Just add bass. Bass eat baby snakeheads. Problem solved. Click on the title below to read the story.


March 3, 2009


The New York Times