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Re: bowfin?

2007/3/30 16:38
From Lansdale
Posts: 24
I've never caught a bowfin but years ago I was floating the Schuylkill river in my canoe and saw a kid catch a large one. I was targeting bass in the shallow weedbeds where a certain creek enters the river. I heard a kid on the bank start screaming. He said he had a fish on and he couldn't bring it in. I watched, and as he reeled in, the fish would just strip line off. It was throwing water everywhere. He finally handed his rod to his friend took off his shirt and shoes and jumped in. To his credit he subdued the fish. He brought it up on to the bank and it was definately a bowfin. He (the kid)was bleeding from at least 10 bites. That fish bit his shoulders, belly and his arms were a mess. Blood was dripping off of him and I hate to think of the potential for infection. I said I didn't think you could eat bowfin but he said he didn't care, he was keeping it anyway. The fish was at least 30 inches long. I guess the moral is: don't mess with bowfins or kids you meet along the Schuylkill river they're both tough as hell.

Posted on: 2010/4/27 15:51

Re: bowfin?

2010/3/29 6:56
From Portage, PA
Posts: 1527
im not a fan of the fish but if you really want to get one regardless of tackle the best thing for them is dead minnow. I caught 3 in one day in the spillway of Glendale Lake in cambria county. They are crazy looking fish and do fight pretty well. This lake gets some big boys too.

Posted on: 2010/5/7 15:30

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