mud cat. At least thats what I call him. He was about 10 lbs had a catfish head but a mud fish body. Got him up to the bank and just looked at him. Went to get my pliers to take him off and he broke off. Lucky he didn't take my reel in the water. But it was in a creek where mudfish rule and you catch a cat every know and then. Wish I had a picture.
Getting away from the topic, your mention of mudfish brings back great memories. When I was a kid I used to frequently go fishin' specifically for mudfish. I'd use cut bait and fish with a huge cork. The mudfish, or bowfin, pound for pound is probably the hardest pulling fish in the water and I have had some great fun pullin' 'em. I do plan to initiate some mud fishin' expeditions this summer too! Here's The biggest one I ever caught. I was about 15 years old then. The fish weighed about 16 pounds. The picture has a blemish on it that appears as a white stripe, but that is just a blem on the old pic. The fish nearly goes to my knee in this pic. At that time, that exceeded the state record, but I didn't register it. This was around 1969.
Bill in SC