Pest fish spotted

Fisherman Tony Feist, of Merbein, with a oriental weatherloach fish. Pictures: Louise Barker

Fisherman Tony Feist, of Merbein, with a oriental weatherloach fish. Pictures: Louise Barker

WHEN local fisherman Tony Feist left his shrimp trap out at Cowanna Bend, near Merbein, he expected to catch the usual crustaceans.

But when he pulled his net out of the river the following day, he found himself looking at a “strange creature,” that looked like an eel with whiskers.

“I’ve been here since 1992, I’ve been fishing in the Murray for 26 years and I’ve never seen one before,” he said.

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