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Oct 15, 2020 21:59:24   #
hacksaw Loc: Pasadena, Texas
 
What is it. Have any of y’all ever caught one? Is it fresh water or saltwater fish? Is it good to eat? What kind of bait does it like?
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Oct 15, 2020 22:04:20   #
FourchonLa. Loc: Fourchon Louisiana, South Louisiana
 
hacksaw wrote:
What is it. Have any of y’all ever caught one? Is it fresh water or saltwater fish? Is it good to eat? What kind of bait does it like?
Hack 🇺🇸🍺🍺


Choupique or Bowfin. Have caught on artificial worms in freshwater and yes I have eaten them. We make fish patties and pan fry them.

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Oct 15, 2020 22:50:44   #
Fredfish Loc: Prospect CT.
 
hacksaw wrote:
What is it. Have any of y’all ever caught one? Is it fresh water or saltwater fish? Is it good to eat? What kind of bait does it like?
Hack 🇺🇸🍺🍺


Bowfin , catch them here by accident when bass fishing. Either live bait or rubber worms. Official opinion is they're invasive species, kill them if caught. They fight good but supposedly will wipe out bass population by eating eggs and fry, 10x more than any native species will. Have never tried to eat one.

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Oct 15, 2020 23:02:56   #
Gordon Loc: Charleston South Carolina
 
Never heard of it, never caught one but now i know what it is. Still learning
Thanks yall

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Oct 15, 2020 23:10:50   #
On the fly Loc: Saint George Island, FL
 
Mud fish:)

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Oct 15, 2020 23:49:56   #
Spiritof27 Loc: Lincoln, CA
 
That's a bowfin for sure - we don't have those out here. I don't think they dwell much west of the Mississippi. Never ate one or caught one.

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Oct 16, 2020 00:00:22   #
Reel hip Loc: San Diego, Ca
 
never got one in my area. But im southwest of you. Looks like others are way more knowledgeable than I on this site

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Oct 16, 2020 02:32:05   #
Wv mike Loc: Parkersburg area. Wv
 
It is a bowfin. I’ve caught them from down south to Canada the Canadians call them dogfish

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Oct 16, 2020 08:01:38   #
Flytier Loc: Wilmington Delaware
 
Never ran into one of those.

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Oct 16, 2020 08:03:56   #
Whitey Loc: Southeast ohio
 
I've never caught one. Sounds like some of these other fish trying to take over

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Oct 16, 2020 08:16:47   #
Lee626 Loc: Brick NJ
 
Never saw one of those before, guess they don't have them near me

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Oct 16, 2020 08:28:47   #
hacksaw Loc: Pasadena, Texas
 
Down here and probably in Louisiana we call them Grinnell. They fight like hell and the guy who introduced them to me made Grinnell balls out of them full of Cajun spices, then deep fried them. They were a little larger than hush puppies and were delicious. I wish I had his receipe but he passed away a few years ago. They look prehistoric to me. I did not know they eat bass roe. Thanks for the different history on them.
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Oct 16, 2020 09:42:45   #
Fishing Machine Loc: Leesburg, FL
 
Definitely a Bowfin! I've caught plenty on Florida's Harris Chain of Lakes while fishing for bass. Caught a 16 pounder right off my dock and wow did it fight hard!! Thought it might be a Florida record size Bowfin, so, filled a 50 gal garbage can with water, put the fish in it and looked up record Bowfin. And, it was 3 lb shy... Record was 19 lb. Most of the time we kill them, but I put this back in the water so he could grow up🤣!!

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Oct 16, 2020 11:34:24   #
Bubbacsx24 Loc: Myrtle Beach,SC
 
We call ‘em Mudfish down here in SC. When you catch ‘em, you need to blues em out immediately. These fish differ greatly though if you catch it in stagnant water (etc.... lakes, ponds....) or if you catch it in running water (etc.... rivers, streams...). When they come out of running water they are really mushy meat, and those caught in lakes and ponds the meat is firm and white/yellow tint.... but they eat about like a catfish.. just keep in mind that as soon as you catch it, cut it behind the gills and bleed the fish ASAP!!! Frying the fish in nuggets is thee best way I think to cook it

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Oct 16, 2020 11:54:16   #
John D Loc: Duncanville Alabama
 
Fredfish,
Down south they’re called bowfin, grindles, mud fish & several other names such as cypress trout. Scientific name is Amia calva. They aren’t considered invasive as for as I know. They are “living” dinosaurs. Down here we use yellow or white spinner baits such as the snag less Sally. I’ve also caught them on buzz baits. They are a riot to catch but have a an arsenal of baits because they are rough on baits. They’re pretty good to eat fresh out of the frying pan but ooze oil when you let them get cold. They’ve been around for literally eons.

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