Bowfin Pic

Discussion in 'ALL OTHER FISH' started by FATFLATTIE, Jan 3, 2008.

  1. FATFLATTIE

    FATFLATTIE New Member

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    Conrad's post made me think of this pic. One of the largest bowfin I've ever caught.
     

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  2. catfisherman60

    catfisherman60 New Member

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    What do you use for bait?
     

  3. bigwhiskers

    bigwhiskers New Member

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    Nice Grinnel Flattie. Just don't lip 'em!
     
  4. FATFLATTIE

    FATFLATTIE New Member

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    I caught that one on shrimp while I was catfishing. I usually catch most of them while I'm bass fishing on topwater lures or spinnerbaits.
     
  5. PhillyCatcatcher4

    PhillyCatcatcher4 New Member

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    Nice one. I've only seen a couple of those up close before. :0a1:
     
  6. ratkinson

    ratkinson New Member

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    Sweet fish, we hammer up here in early July. Biggest I've seen was about 8lbs......fought like 20. Someday I'm going to try to eat one...some folks swear it's delicious.
     
  7. lawnman61

    lawnman61 New Member

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    Nice one, thanks for sharing the pic. I've never caught one before.
     
  8. whiteriverbigcats

    whiteriverbigcats New Member

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    man that was a nice one.. the ones i have caught in my area are always beat up and look like the are on the verge of death... but they act livly...
     
  9. FATFLATTIE

    FATFLATTIE New Member

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    I can't believe that you catch them in Indiana b/c they need tidal flats to spawn. Well, I guess if you're below the fall line you're good to go but it's just weird to me that a fish that hardy lives in the coastal part of NC but not where I grew up.
     
  10. Blacky

    Blacky New Member

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    I caught quite a few of them things when growing up in Indiana. You can always find them dried up sloughs and oxbows. They can survive in the most stagnant of water. Cut bluegill chunks with no weights.
     
  11. C_wernett

    C_wernett New Member

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    Were did you grow up where they didn't have them? I've caught them from NC, to Texas, to Minessota. Not as prevalant up north as they are down south...but BIG beasts. I didn't make a habit of weighing the ones we caught on the Mississippi or up Minn. lakes, but I rarely got any that I would call under 5lbs.
     
  12. DCcatfisher

    DCcatfisher New Member

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    We have caught alot of them in the Yadkin just above High Rock Lake catfishing in the "potholes" off the main river channel. We caught a monster of one right before dark one night and took a picture of it and throwed it back. I compared the picture to the one of the state record the next day and if it wasn't a record we threw back it was within a pound or two of it. After that we made sure we started carrying some scales with us. As far as bait we always caught them on cut shad or white perch.
     
  13. FATFLATTIE

    FATFLATTIE New Member

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    I grew up in Lexington, NC. Never heard of nor seen a bowfin until I moved down here. I guess if you fish the rivers down past any of the damns you could catch them, but I never did. Most all I did was fish lakes and rivers/creeks above the lakes.
     
  14. Ol Man

    Ol Man New Member

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    Nice fish, Wes... Biggest I've caught was about a third that size. Thanks for postin'
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  15. CJ21

    CJ21 New Member

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    Very nice Bowfin.
     
  16. Ruger 454

    Ruger 454 Member

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    We got into a load of those one day fishing a oxbow off the Hatchie river in Tenn.,they were all close to that size and were pulling the canoe around whenever we hooked one.:big_smile:
     
  17. anchorpuller

    anchorpuller New Member

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    Those things are Uuuugly fish to me. That's a nice sized one though. They fight good, fun to catch.

    I caught my very first one in a man made reservoir; Jordan Lake here in NC. I was fishing for crappie using a plain minner on a 1/0 aberdeen hook and 6# test mono. It was a miracle he didn't pop the line. I had no idea what the heck it was, just knew it had teeth and hard gill plates. (glad I had a net!)

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  18. river scum

    river scum New Member

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    nice looking bowfin bro.!!
     
  19. rgmatt

    rgmatt New Member

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    What's the bowfin's status in NY? Here in PA, they are a candidate species for the threatened/endangered species list. It's reccommended to release them, but not mandatory as far as I know.

    Matt
     
  20. Blacky

    Blacky New Member

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    Here in PA, they are considered endangered. They had a problem with people killing them because they thought they were snakeheads. The are actually rare out in the eastern part of the state.

    There are a crapload of bowfins down in Florida too!