Monday, April 25, 2005

IT'S GOT LIFELESS EYES, BLACK EYES, LIKE A DOLL'S EYES. WHEN IT COMES AT YOU IT DOESN'T SEEM TO BE LIVIN' . . . UNTIL HE BITES YOU, AND THOSE BLACK EYES ROLL OVER WHITE: While South Philadelphia waits for the return of Jim Thome's bat, at least one friend from last summer has made it back across the street:
Robert Wanenchak had tossed out his spinner lure, hoping for a crappie, when he felt a strong hit.

The fish gave him a suspiciously good fight as he reeled it in. As soon as he saw the mottled body and the pointy teeth, he knew.

'I said to myself, 'My God, they're back.''

Or rather, still here.

Several of the dreaded northern snakeheads have been caught here since Wanenchak's strike on April 16. The invasive species from Asia, which has fisheries officials in at least four states in a swivet, made its local debut last July in South Philadelphia's FDR Park.

More ALOTT5MA snakehead coverage here.

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