Bowfin

Discussion in 'Catfishing Baits' started by Thad, Oct 2, 2009.

  1. Thad

    Thad New Member

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    My Dad had a friend back in the 70's who fished exclusively for big flatheads (tabbies down here) in the river.
    His number one bait was a 2-3 pound bowfin or grinnel.

    Anybody ever try one?
     
  2. Welder

    Welder New Member

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    I have read a few times on how they couldent keep large catfish, blues or flatheads in the same display tanks as bowfin. Cause the big cats kept eating em.
     

  3. Thad

    Thad New Member

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    Dad said he would use them up to 5 or 6 pounds and that he consistently caught huge flatheads.
    Bowfin are exceptionally hardy and stinky, so one flopping just beneath the surface on a limbline must have really called them up.
     
  4. catdaddy007

    catdaddy007 Member

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    I've never used one that big but I do use them for bait. I have caught some very nice channels and blues on small grinnel. I think I'm going to try some bigger ones next spring. How did he hook the bigger ones ?
     
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    JEFFRODAMIS New Member

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  6. catdaddy007

    catdaddy007 Member

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    Dude, your avatar cracks me up!!!:smile2: I can hear the dualing banjos now.:smile2::smile2::smile2::smile2::smile2:
     
  7. flatheadslayer

    flatheadslayer New Member

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    how do you catch small grinle.all of them i've ever caught have been real big.:crazy:
     
  8. catdaddy007

    catdaddy007 Member

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    In the spring I find them in the backwater and in creeks. They'll be in schools that look like a black cloud. I usually just sien them up or use a bait net.
     
  9. Thad

    Thad New Member

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    I've never seen any under a couple of pounds.
    At least you wouldn't have to worry about your bait dying. I've tripped over big ones that were completely dry and dusty on the bank that started flipping around, still alive. That will wake you up.
     
  10. etexun

    etexun New Member

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    Wonder what we could catch with this one?
     

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  11. Thad

    Thad New Member

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    A big ole flathead.