Mike S

3.5 lb. Bowfin caught by Mike S fishing in North Carolina on 04/19/09

Posted by Mike S Expert Member over 11 years ago

3.5 lb. Bowfin caught by Mike S fishing in North Carolina on 04/19/09
22.0" / 3.5 lb. Bowfin caught by Mike S fishing on Sunday April 19, 2009 at 14:51 near Durham in Spokane County, North Carolina (NC), United States North America using a Senko Pumpkin Seed a Worm by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits

Get this, I'm wading a heavily vegetated area of the swamp. Bugs were eating me alive. I see a fin stick his head up for air so I ease over that way. After about 10 mins he came by me at a good pace. I lost track of him after that. Then, all of a sudden, he jumps up and bites my leg! Scared the hell out of me. I started yelling. I didn't know what just happened. I look down and he's still there. He didn't just bite my waders and run off. He was trying to pick a fight!

I put my Senko in the water and he hit it instantly. He got away that time. A moment later I look and he's flanking me. He's looking straight at me with his mouth wide open and gills stuck out. I dropped my Senko on him again and this time I landed him.

Soon after I see a black mass moving through the water. It was a wad of baby bowfin. lol, now I get it. I read the males protect the nest but never thought a 3.5 lbs fish would attack a 200lbs 6ft person!

I placed him back on the bed. I'll retire that spot for the year and hopefully next year I'll have a sweet bowfin honey hole. Joe and I found at least 4 nests with bowfin lurking by acting just like this guy. What an awesome fish.

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Brent C

He was probably amped up on Mtn. Dew! lol

Posted by Brent C Expert Member over 11 years ago

Henry V

Nice fish - that dark color pattern is fantastic

Posted by Henry V Elite Member over 11 years ago

Mike S

lol, that was wild man. I mean its not like it hurt or anything. His mouth was big enough to get around my leg very far, but I wasn't expecting anything to jump out of the water and bite me period. I didn't know if it was a snake or a beaver. Lol, I just started cussing up a storm. I have to give that fish respect.

Posted by Mike S Expert Member over 11 years ago

Brandon Mabrey

thats a funny story... lol

Posted by Brandon Mabrey Elite Member over 11 years ago

THE  HAMMER

are you serious??? those things bite. thats wild.

Posted by THE HAMMER Elite Member over 11 years ago

Joe A

LOL, I was on the other side of the cove standing in another bowfin nest when I heard Mike over there screaming. I didn't have one bite me but the day before I had a bowfin come up right between my legs with its mouth wide open, teeth showing and its gills all flared open, it looked like somthing out of the movie aliens. I ended up smacking it with the tip of my rod cause it freaked me out. They are very protective of there nest right now its insane.

Posted by Joe A Expert Member over 11 years ago

Joe Pych

That's a great story. That fish has some courage to attack you like that.

Posted by Joe Pych Elite Member over 11 years ago

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