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Aaron Bye

Goldfish

Posted by Aaron Bye 5 days ago on 2.0 lb. Grass Carp caught by ovm fishing in California on 06/07/14

Aaron Bye

Black Bullhead.

Posted by Aaron Bye 5 days ago on Brown Bullhead caught by Luke Catanzaro fishing in New Jersey on 06/18/14

Aaron Bye

Black Bullhead. =)

Posted by Aaron Bye 5 days ago on Channel Catfish caught by Sandra Stone fishing on 06/28/14

Aaron Bye

Black Bullhead
Love the dog in the background.

Posted by Aaron Bye 5 days ago on Channel Catfish caught by Sandra Stone fishing in Idaho on 06/28/14

Henry V

Tyler,

Yes, Michigan has Bowfin. In fact, one of the great Bowfin biologists conducted seminal studies in the waters around Ann Arbor about 100 years ago. His name was Jacob Reighard, and some of his students went on to study fish embryology. Anyhow, reighard was one of the top Bowfin scientists of his era, and any for that matter. He seems to have studied them in swamps.

The argument that Bowfin should be killed is a crazy and stupid one. They are essential to eco-systems because they are apex predators. As such, they keep other fish in check, and prevent stunting. Basically, if you have fewer Bowfin, you have more, smaller fish of other species. They cull the herd, so to speak. With that said, their primary diet is crayfish, freshwater shrimp, and amphibians - they don't eat a lot of other fish. In short, people who kill Bowfin are actually creating conditions to catch smaller fish of other species. It's an old myth that Bowfin are bad.

With that said, they are bad in that they destroy tackle, bite anglers
and generally are hard to find in big water. You asked about environment. Yes, Bowfin inhabit slow waters, but I catch many of mine in fast current. The ideal place for me to find them is usually below a dam, where there is a current line near boulders or rock piles. They sit there waiting for food, and when something swims by, they explode on it. The first strike is the most jarring I have ever felt - it sends a shock up your arm. Once you have felt it, you'll never forget it. Their bite is the strongest in terms of pounds per square inch, and they will literally demolish a cheap lure, pulling split rings straight, bending hooks, tearing up wood, denting metal blades, etc. It's awesome. And when they are in a jumping mood, well, it's a sight. I hooked a 7 pounder about 6 years ago that I will never forget. It shot straight out of the water about 3 feet. It looked like a submarine missile launch. To this day, it's the best jump of any fish I ever hooked.

Anyhow, they are in Michigan, and all through the Great Lakes, but they are hard to find in big water. I prefer creeks and rivers for catching them, because their haunts are easier to identify. Like I said - rocks are the key, because that's where crayfish live.

H

Posted by Henry V 10 days ago on 21.0 in. Bowfin caught by Henry V fishing in North Carolina on 12/05/14

Tyler C

Well you definitely seem to have it down to a science! What sort of lures do you use and what sorts of environment are you catching them in? We supposedly have them here, but I've never been able to catch one. Most people here say you should kill any that you catch... I think that is stupid and would rather catch a bowfin over a bass any day.

Posted by Tyler C 10 days ago on 21.0 in. Bowfin caught by Henry V fishing in North Carolina on 12/05/14

Tyler C

Thanks guys. I'm located in Southern Michigan. My parents live on a back channel of a smaller private lake, and coincidentally the deepest hole in the entire lake is right between my parent's 2 docks. In the last few years I've caught trophy crappie, trophy bass, good sized pike, and huge carp all from the dock! I put everything back so the fishing is always great.

Posted by Tyler C 10 days ago on 6.2 lb. Largemouth Bass caught by Tyler C fishing on 11/30/14

Henry V

Hi Tyler,

Thanks. There's no secret, other than preparation. Strong hooks, a rod with backbone for a good hook-set, and knowledge of how to play a hard-fighting fish. Catching Bowfin on lures takes a bit of experience, and a bit of luck - that's all.
H

Posted by Henry V 10 days ago on 21.0 in. Bowfin caught by Henry V fishing in North Carolina on 12/05/14

Dennis Huskins

You write so well. So much passion comes thru!

Posted by Dennis Huskins 10 days ago on 13.0 in. Largemouth Bass caught by Henry V fishing in North Carolina on 12/05/14

Dennis Huskins

Wow! Absolutely beautiful bass, size, fatness, and color. I love that catch and release! I forget where are you again. I gave up in Northern NJ on about 11-6-14 due to the lack of action. Your persistence paid off!

Posted by Dennis Huskins 10 days ago on 6.2 lb. Largemouth Bass caught by Tyler C fishing on 11/30/14

I'm planning on going fishing this weekend and looking for a good spot to fish. Taking the grandkids with me, any suggestion.

sign fishing for the family..
"Al Croft"

Posted by Albert Croft 11 days ago on 0.0 lb. Nothing caught by Albert Croft fishing on 12/04/14

Tyler C

Awesome catch! What is your secret?

Posted by Tyler C 11 days ago on 21.0 in. Bowfin caught by Henry V fishing in North Carolina on 12/05/14

I am looking forward TO becoming a member!!!!!

Posted by Albert Croft 17 days ago on 0.0 lb. Nothing caught by Albert Croft fishing on 12/04/14

Bassassin 201

Awesome Fish , even better Story . And Catch n Release gota tip my hat for that too .. Keeps the Sport goin and everyone wins .. Hope u get a few more shots before the ice up . p.s. That's one Hell of a Dock .. U must be able to fish both shores n the depths from that thing ..lol Sweet !

Posted by Bassassin 201 20 days ago on 6.2 lb. Largemouth Bass caught by Tyler C fishing on 11/30/14

Dennis Huskins

At least you got one nice fish!

Posted by Dennis Huskins 23 days ago on 17.0 lb. Striped Bass (striper) caught by Thomas Hickman fishing on 11/23/14

Dennis Huskins

Very pretty fish!

Posted by Dennis Huskins 23 days ago on 28.0 in. Red Grouper caught by Ed Eachus fishing on 10/03/14

Dennis Huskins

That is at the absolute limits of what could be lifted up. Nice catch!!

Posted by Dennis Huskins 23 days ago on 34.0 in. Red Grouper caught by Ed Eachus fishing on 08/23/14

Joe Pych

Nice handiwork, Dennis!

Posted by Joe Pych about 1 month ago on 4.5 in. Fish caught by Dennis Huskins fishing in New Jersey on 11/17/14

Bassassin 201

Nice , still got some time to try er out ! I guess fish minded ppl think the same way , I have been tinkering with some corks and kinda Dr.Frankenstein-ing some lures into completely different types of actions .. So far all have been a bust ,but I'm hoping Santa brings me an airbrush kit n a compressor . These off seasons are perfect for that ..

Posted by Bassassin 201 about 1 month ago on 4.5 in. Fish caught by Dennis Huskins fishing in New Jersey on 11/17/14

I hear the plugs work well, yep Sp 120 at the aqueduct their boiling out there

Posted by FisherMan85 about 1 month ago on Striped Bass (striper) caught by FisherMan85 fishing in California on 11/16/14

Dennis Huskins

Nice to see I missed the Striper migration east coast up in Cape Cod as well as on the Jersey shore. They either had not yet arrived or had just left! Love getting them on plugs!

Posted by Dennis Huskins about 1 month ago on Striped Bass (striper) caught by FisherMan85 fishing in California on 11/16/14

Bassassin 201

Nice fish , hard to tell how big it is tho .. Like what size Duos Realis Sp 120 ? So 80 ? Are they the Stripers running by you right now ?

Posted by Bassassin 201 about 1 month ago on Striped Bass (striper) caught by FisherMan85 fishing in California on 11/16/14

Dennis Huskins

Good job my friend. Glad to see you back posting fish and are healthy again. You had a good day with your wife and that's what counts. It's all over up by me. Had 2 inches of snow on the ground this AM and it was 27 degrees. Even my Sandy Hook quest for surf stripers failed earlier in the week. May just have to wait till 2015!!!

Posted by Dennis Huskins about 1 month ago on Black Crappie caught by Jessica & Angelo fishing on 11/14/14

Dennis Huskins

WTG Brian, I tried Sandy Hook surf earlier in the week and no stripers. Great eating fish that Tautog.

Posted by Dennis Huskins about 1 month ago on 5.2 lb. Tautog caught by Brian Shea fishing on 11/13/14

Tyler C

The private lake is really nice for fishing. There's only maybe 150 homes that have access to it, and out of that, maybe 10 of em fish. At most, I've only ever seen 2 other people fishing, and everyone practices catch and release as far as I know. It is an all-sports lake, but I've never had a problem with the lake getting too stirred up or massive wakes tipping me over. The bass have always been really good. The pike are getting better, but are still a little stunted in size. The crappie, which are usually huge, have been non-existent this year. The carp keep getting bigger though. We have lots of people that net turtles and they seem to always do well.

Posted by Tyler C about 1 month ago on Largemouth Bass caught by Tyler C fishing on 11/02/14

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