Grinnell, Cypress Trout, Bowfin, Amia calva...

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Grinnell, Cypress Trout, Bowfin, Amia calva...

Postby jlogan » Tue Jul 07, 2009 10:02 am

Anyoen caught any of these and if so do you have pics? I have only hooked one, and it was when I was a small child. THey put up a terrific fight!
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Postby ''G'' » Tue Jul 07, 2009 10:15 am

Yep...have caught a bunch of Bowfin....they are terrific fighters. If you get a big one in the boat with you they will tear a boat up...they can bite too. I have even tried eating them....some people like them but I did not care for them.
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Postby Pegleg » Tue Jul 07, 2009 12:33 pm

I've caught a bunch of em. Good fighters but they'll tear up your lures and tackle. I've broken two nice rods catchin "Mudfish". :angry:
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Postby Ghost » Tue Jul 07, 2009 4:45 pm

never caught one never fished for one and don't know if they are in NJ.
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Postby ''G'' » Tue Jul 07, 2009 4:50 pm

The Bow Fin....commonly called grinnel, mudfish, etc. They are decendents of pre-historic fish. Do a Google search on bowfin and read about them...very interesting.
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Postby Pegleg » Tue Jul 07, 2009 4:55 pm

Tom, I'm sure you have em up there. I caught one in a creek in Pennsylvania when I was a teenager. They'll be in rivers and natural lakes. Come down here and I'll put ya on some big ones. Rodman, the St Johns River and the Withlakoochee is full of em.
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Postby ole giller » Tue Jul 07, 2009 5:04 pm

I caught one up in MN. many years ago .Caught two here in
IL in a shallow flood pond off the river. I also caught one in the tailwaters under the Reelfoot Lake dam. There was an ole fella there saving them to eat. I was supprised how hard they fight. ole giller
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Postby Pegleg » Tue Jul 07, 2009 5:14 pm

I've eaten them plenty of times. Clean white meat and tastes good too. Their predators and don't eat dead stuff like people think. For some reason the meat don't freeze well. They are best eaten fresh. And remember not to lip one like yah do bass & bream. The teeth are small but very sharp.
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Postby Fishin Freak » Wed Jul 08, 2009 12:44 am

We have a lot of them up here in MN. They put up a great fight, especially on panfish gear. They can get some pretty wierd coloring up here. We caught a few that had forest green fins but the rest of the body normal. Odd fish but very cool, pre-historic looking if you ask me..

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Postby Webster » Wed Jul 08, 2009 5:41 am

my wife and I fish for them in the spring before the weeds get too big
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Postby BLUEGILL » Wed Jul 08, 2009 8:16 am

them suckers are huge Webster.
I bet they do fight hard,ive never seen one myself until ur pic.thanks
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Postby outdoorman » Wed Jul 08, 2009 10:16 am

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Postby ''G'' » Wed Jul 08, 2009 10:21 am

Bowfins are an order (Amiiformes; pronounced /əmaɪəfɒrmiːz/) of primitive ray-finned fish. Only one species, the bowfin Amia calva, family Amiidae, survives today, although additional species in six families are known from Jurassic, Cretaceous, and Eocene fossils. The bowfin, the gar, and the sturgeons are among the few extant freshwater fish that were contemporaries of the dinosaurs.


Bowfins are found throughout eastern North America, typically in slow-moving backwaters and ox-bow lakes. When the oxygen level is low (as often happens in still waters), the bowfin can rise to the surface and gulp air into its swim bladder, which is lined with blood vessels and can serve as a lung.
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Catching Bowfins

Postby Webster » Wed Jul 08, 2009 1:21 pm

I am talking from my personal experence for what it is worth. They become active in the bewitching hour of nolonger daylight but not yet night.
I use a #02 heavy hook, bait with golden shiners 6 inches and up and iuse as large of bobber as I can get. At least ten pound test I have an older Mitchell 300 for this and a heavy rod.
When they hit it is all power they will crush the minnow to death before swallowing it . you need to give them some time. Then set the hook and hang on. The biggest i have landed is 10 lbs I have had pull a shinner in half before they do not likke to give a meal up just because some joker is pulling on the other end.
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Postby jlogan » Wed Jul 08, 2009 3:54 pm

Thanks for the replies everyone! Some veyr inte5resting pictures, especialy the one of the baby. I have a freind who is a guide and he has fish traps he uses to get bait for hit trot line, mabye one will end up in the trap, and then in an aquarium....in my house... bwhahha
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Postby INGrandad » Thu Jul 16, 2009 8:32 pm

I've killed a ton of them stalking at night with the bow.

I was amazed, last week I was watching food network, don't recall the show, but hte host was visiting a place that nets dogfish in the spring, kills 'em, strips them of their eggs and makes caviar out of it. Now anyone knowing dogfish is probably making a face of disgust about now. I know that I was, but the host tried several different ways and swore it was delicious.
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Postby BLUEGILL » Thu Jul 16, 2009 9:21 pm

INGrandad wrote:I've killed a ton of them stalking at night with the bow.

I was amazed, last week I was watching food network, don't recall the show, but hte host was visiting a place that nets dogfish in the spring, kills 'em, strips them of their eggs and makes caviar out of it. Now anyone knowing dogfish is probably making a face of disgust about now. I know that I was, but the host tried several different ways and swore it was delicious.


puke i sure hope it was Paula Dean cause she would drown them in butter :D
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Postby ''G'' » Thu Jul 16, 2009 9:48 pm

They would have to be good if Rachel Ray fixed them. :rofl:
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Postby Stinkies Daddy » Fri Jul 17, 2009 6:09 am

G3 Fisherman wrote:They would have to be good if Rachel Ray fixed them. :rofl:


rachel can fix any thing here she wants to fix
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Postby Stinkies Daddy » Fri Jul 17, 2009 6:12 am

Asians use the bowfin in some religious ceremonies and to deal with illness. Some times the fish is killed some times it is released into the water system depending on the ceremony. That's why the Koreans imported them live and sold them live in their shops.
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