what kind of fish is this

Discussion in 'ALL OTHER FISH' started by STALLIONDUCK, Jul 17, 2008.

  1. STALLIONDUCK

    STALLIONDUCK New Member

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    i think its a snakehead or somethin or a bowfin but either way he fought awesome and he only weghed a pound could you please tell me
     

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  2. BajaCoop

    BajaCoop Well-Known Member

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  3. brother hilljack

    brother hilljack New Member

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    Thanks for answering that question. I don't think I have ever seen one before. Great post
     
  4. lil kat

    lil kat New Member

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    I dont know what the actual name for them are but we have always called them grenials. They do put up one heck of a fight and the bigger they are th more they fight
     
  5. BajaCoop

    BajaCoop Well-Known Member

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    bowfin and grennel are the same thing.
     
  6. germanmudfish

    germanmudfish New Member

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    AKA mudfish. The great american bowfin. A prehistoric fish alive today.:wink:
     
  7. trnsmsn

    trnsmsn New Member

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    You Betcha:wink: We've got tons of 'em down here, they are lots of fun on ultra-light tackle. I've ate them before but my opinion is that they have a mushy meat texture
     
  8. JERMSQUIRM

    JERMSQUIRM New Member

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    yep. its a bowfin.:wink:
     
  9. luckystrike

    luckystrike New Member

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    We dont have those up here. Never seen one before. I bet they make good flathead bait though. hehe
     
  10. dano40

    dano40 New Member

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    It's a bowfin or dogfish is what we call them around here.
     
  11. Bill in SC

    Bill in SC New Member

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    Bowfin it is. We call 'em mud fish in our section of the country.

    <I bet they make good flathead bait though. hehe>

    Pound for pound, and temperament for temperament, the only advantage Mr. flathead would have over this fish would be a bigger mouth. Muds are vicious! Biggest I ever caught was 17 pounds when I was about 16 years old. We used to always shoot them in the head with a .22 before putting them in the boat, or dragging them up on land. Here's pics of the big one I caught as a kid, and a small one Peg caught this year. The pic of the big one has a bad spot in it, but it is the fish on the left that hangs nearly to my knee.
    Bill in SC
     

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  12. lforet2002

    lforet2002 Well-Known Member

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    Looks like everybody got it..Its a bowfin which is the most common name...In Louisiana we call them shoepick or cypress trout...
     
  13. C_wernett

    C_wernett New Member

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    Definately a bowfin, and this time of year one of my favorite catches on plastic baits, in fact, I get irritated catching bass while fishing for bowfin. My go too worm is a Zoom U-tailed worm in motoroil Texas rigged.
     
  14. STALLIONDUCK

    STALLIONDUCK New Member

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    thnx guys yea he put up a fight no doubt and he hit the bait like a bluegill i thot that was wierd.
     
  15. Bill in SC

    Bill in SC New Member

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    Interesting strategy, Conrad. Never tried 'em that way. I always used cut bait and fish with a cork for them. I'll have to give your technique a whirl.
    Bill in SC
     
  16. C_wernett

    C_wernett New Member

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    Yeah, give it a try...when they pick up the bait it's usually just cruising dead weight, then you stick 'em hard and hold on!!!!
     
  17. JimmyJonny

    JimmyJonny Well-Known Member

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    Yea thats a bowfin. Watch them teeth they got ; )

    -Jim-
     
  18. switchback

    switchback New Member

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    its a grenle or bowfin not very many people eat them round here ive tried them there not too bad but not my favorite
     
  19. CountryHart

    CountryHart New Member

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    In the south we call them grinnel but real name is bowfin i think. They make pretty good cut bait for blues and channels. Make sure ya don't have a scale on the point of your hook though. Pound for pound, they are fightin like nothing else.
     
  20. massa_jorge

    massa_jorge New Member

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    grinnel are the hardest fighting fish in my experience.