Where to find bowfin

Discussion in 'LOCAL TENNESSEE TALK' started by catman529, Mar 8, 2007.

  1. catman529

    catman529 New Member

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    I find those fish very interesting and I have read about how awesome their fight is. I fish the Harpeth river all the time and I don't think there are bowfin in there. Does anyone know where the nearest place is to catch bowfin? Thanks in advance.

    Tight lines

    Catman
     
  2. cumberlandcat

    cumberlandcat Active Member

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  3. Michael

    Michael New Member

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  4. bowfin

    bowfin New Member

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    Find smaller parts of the river late in the afternoon works good for me.youse a number 4 treblehookon a good leader .make a carolina rig put a peace of fresh fish cast it five to ten feet from the shore. good luck
     
  5. laidbck111

    laidbck111 New Member

    I do not your area but I tend to catch bowfin in backwaters
     
  6. alands94

    alands94 Active Member

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    I've caught a bunch of big bowfin at Reelfoot Lake in NW Tennessee while floating minnows for crappie and fishing cutbait on the bottom for cats.
     
  7. catfish_clayton

    catfish_clayton New Member

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    I was fishing with my uncle on the Ohio R. and he caught one about two foot long at that time we didnt know what it was, we thought it looked like a catfish with a frogs head. Later on we found out what it was from a family member thats a taxadermist, he actualy had three or four of them mounted, he said quite a few people had been catching them, but that was the last one either one of us ever saw a live one.
     
  8. blkhawkdwn

    blkhawkdwn New Member

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    i haven't fished for Bowfins in years I usually go back home to Ga where i know they are plentiful I usually catch 15 to 20 of them they are great fighters as well as good eatin. have been eating them since i was little. I usually use minnows or cut blue gills you have ot bleed the fish cut them in the middle of the tail fin and let them bleed
     
  9. FourEyes45

    FourEyes45 New Member

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    Gosh guys we have blowfins (MudFish) down here also, we treat them as trash fish. Not very many people eats them down here.:crazy:
    We plant them in the garden., or use them crab traps.
    Have a great day.
    Walter

     
  10. Pastor E

    Pastor E New Member

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    You will find them in back water in (creeks in swamps) they can live in water no other fish can live in for they can breath out of the water best baits minnows crawfish or worms
     
  11. Clovis

    Clovis New Member

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    The bowfin is the last living member of its order. Not only does it have gills, but lungs also. Please respect it as you would any other fish. Eat it or let it go. Don't kill it for the fun of it cause you have been taught it is a trash fish.

    What defines a "trash fish" anyway?
     
  12. catman529

    catman529 New Member

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    I am with you - I don't kill off fish because they are so-called "trash fish." Rough fish usually are fun to catch and have great fights. I usually let them go, unless they are seriously throat-hooked and need to be put out of misery. I'm talking about gar here, but bowfin fit into the same category. Thanks for your post and tight lines
     
  13. alands94

    alands94 Active Member

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    I agree with you guys. Bowfin are awesome fighters, and more 'game' than many gamefish.
     
  14. FourEyes45

    FourEyes45 New Member

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    Mud Fish are a pain in the rear down here, we have so many of them. I have planted a few in the garden, sweet taters and maters like them.The attach file shows one caught off our dock.:cool2:
    Have a great weekend.
    Walter