Henry V

23.5 in. Bowfin caught by Henry Veggian fishing in North Carolina on 04/08/09

Posted by Henry V Elite Member over 11 years ago

23.5 in. Bowfin caught by Henry Veggian fishing in North Carolina on 04/08/09
23.5" Bowfin caught by Henry Veggian fishing on Wednesday April 08, 2009 at 15:56 near Chapel Hill in Orange County, North Carolina (NC), United States North America using a lure by Rapala International

Water levels have gone down in the impoundments and the fish are no longer in the strong current. There are schools of new born fish on the quiet sides of the pools, and, along those same edges, crayfish looking to eat them - and Bowfin eating the crayfish. So after Joe pointed out a few crayfish to me, I decided to match the hatch. I hooked a massive Bowfin of roughly 9 lbs on my second or third cast, it swam past my feet as I held on for dear life, and then it spit the hook. A few minutes later, I caught this beautiful female. She completely inhaled the lure, fought like crazy, and as soon as I got her on the bank she spit the lure out. To thank her for making it an easy release, I didn't bother to weigh her, and set her loose. I guess she weighed about 5 lbs, but she was probably a good 8 lbs when she was full of eggs earlier this month. Now she's back in the water eating her young - and my lure.

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Joe Pych

That sounds like a great recipe. What kind of wood do you use? ;-)

Posted by Joe Pych Elite Member over 11 years ago

Brandon Mabrey

nice

Posted by Brandon Mabrey Elite Member over 11 years ago

Henry V

I hear of folks eating them. There's a good recipe called "planking." You fillet the fish and soak it in vinegar overnight. Then you light a fire. Nail the fillets to a plank of wood and put them on the fire. When they are ready, take the fillets off the flame, chuck 'em, and eat the plank.

Posted by Henry V Elite Member over 11 years ago

Tony Floyd

nice fish they are a fight i catch them sum times in the roanoke river i never new they wear called bowfins we call them black fish any way ther fun to catch you cant eat them can you i never heard of anyone eating them.

Posted by Tony Floyd over 11 years ago

Mike S

Nice job, Henry! I made it out there today myself.

Posted by Mike S Expert Member over 11 years ago

THE  HAMMER

that is a great story and a wonderful fish.

Posted by THE HAMMER Elite Member over 11 years ago

Joe Pych

Looks like she's trying to take a bite of you in that picture. Fun day fishing for you!

Posted by Joe Pych Elite Member over 11 years ago

nice fish

Posted by Mike B over 11 years ago

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