| "For Thailand's most dedicated snakehead addicts, the cobra snakehead is the ultimate dream of any local lure angler. Only a very tiny few of them have had the privilege to add such a unique species to their personal catches record.
According to Francois:
"The cobra snakehead (Channa marulius) and its habits are similar in many ways to its close cousin, the Emperor Snakehead (Channa marulioides), another rare snakehead species to be found mainly in Malaysian and Indonesian jungle waters (but also Southern Thailand, where it is often misidentified), and called locally there "Toman Bunga". Channa marulius and channa marulioides are the most difficult species to capture. The reasons behind the difficulty of catching one specimen of these two ultimate prize fish species are various. First, because of their distribution; these two species are not to be found all over the country but only at certain specific areas. Both cobra and toman bunga are elusive, cautious and shy.
Extract from “Jean-Francois Helias On Cobra Snakeheads” - Interview By Richard Pike