Bowfin!

Discussion in 'ALL OTHER FISH' started by 07_hemi_thunderroad, Jan 20, 2009.

  1. 07_hemi_thunderroad

    07_hemi_thunderroad New Member

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    hey guy how is it going i was wondering if there are any bowfin hunters out there besides me? I think that they are one of the best fight fish in fresh water pound for pound! if you have never hooked into one let me know and i well try my best to find find a lake our river where you are at to get into them! here are some pics of some that i have caught!
     

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  2. lendog

    lendog New Member

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    they are a great fight, i've caught a couple while bass fishin in florida, and they put a hurtin on lures
     

  3. kenlaw76

    kenlaw76 Well-Known Member

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    They are an awsome fighting fish. I have got some nice ones down in Fl.
     
  4. stumpjumper

    stumpjumper New Member

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    Nice pictures. We used to catch them by accident Pike fishing in Michigan. Neat fish!
     
  5. catdaddy007

    catdaddy007 Member

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    We call them grinnel around these parts. I love to catch them. We used to go grinnel fishing every saturday when I was younger. You're right, pound for pound aint no fish gonna fight harder than a grinnel. They are some bad mo jos. We caught them on black plastic worms with a fire tail.
     
  6. Netmanjack

    Netmanjack New Member

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    Bowfin are a lot of fun, as long as you are not cat fishing &*#$% ! I hate it when they steel my live gills.... They sure are a pretty fish though and I wouldn't mind getting a record.:big_smile:
     
  7. alands94

    alands94 Active Member

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    I've caught some nice ones over the years, especially at Reelfoot Lake, TN. Caught most of them on live or cut bait.
     
  8. Techno2000

    Techno2000 Member

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    Yeah,I use to fish for them all the time, the real fun begins when you pull them out the water. and they go ballistic.It's all ways the biggest ones that end up bending your hook,and falling back in the water !:0a32:
     
  9. 07_hemi_thunderroad

    07_hemi_thunderroad New Member

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    they are a great way to have fun on one of those not catching the fish you want days! when i go bass fishing or catfishing or crappie fishing and don't have the best of luck i well start fishing for them! i am going to try to break the NC state record for them this year so wish me luck!
     
  10. Bill in SC

    Bill in SC New Member

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    When I was in school nearly 40 years ago, I fished specifically for "mudfish" as they are called here. I caught a 17 pounder once, which would have been a state record at that time, but nobody much cared about stats on a mud because they are considered trash fish. I always fished a bobber with cut bait, in ponds and spillways. They sure enough are fightin' machines, and ORNERY to boot. We always shot em' in the head with a .22 before boating them. If you didn't, they'd tear up everything in the boat.

    Bill in SC
     
  11. catfisherman369

    catfisherman369 Floyd

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    We call them grinnel around here also and years ago i caught one out of little creek it was about 15 pounds i threw it back never thought of eating it . My dad said it was boney and had to bleed them he called it a dog fish . Guess its a fish of many names . Have not caught one since then that was in 1982
     
  12. 07_hemi_thunderroad

    07_hemi_thunderroad New Member

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    here are some of there common names: Beaverfish. Blackfish. Choupic. Choupique. Cottonfish. Cypress trout. Dogfish. Grindle. Grinnel. Grinner. Lawyer. Mudfish. Poisson-castor. Scaled ling. Shoepick. Shoepik. Shoepike. Shupik. Speckled Cat.
     
  13. C_wernett

    C_wernett New Member

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    I love fishing for them, especially soon here in the next months when the spawn begins and the females are fat as mud and the males get bright red and nearly flourescent green in the fins and mouth! I could go catch a few in the upper creeks right now, likely, but most would be 2 or 2 1/2lbs. Next month they'll be 3-6lbs. average. I've only caught one that went 10lbs., but I know I've hooked a couple bigger that took me right into the sticks and ended up breaking me off.
     
  14. trnsmsn

    trnsmsn New Member

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    They are thick as thieves here in FL, we caught 57 of 'em last Sat., ranging from 2 to 15 lbs using cut bait. They are a great fighter & an old guy I know eats 'em, so it works out good for everybody:wink:
     
  15. kenlaw76

    kenlaw76 Well-Known Member

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    I am going to visit my mom in Fl. at the end of the month. I might get some freshwater fishing in. I would target Catfish, Gar and Snakeheads.