| Posted 11/12/08 at 06:45 AM|| #1 |
|Are you ready to become one of America's Toughest? There is one requirement - You acknowledge that the bowfin is a sportfish worthy of respect, promoting the BAG and our message when the opportunity arises.
It doesn't matter if you're an active finner, can't go finnin' as often as you like, haven't been finnin' in years, or have never caught a fin in your life, as long as you believe in "America's Toughest Sportfish For 100,000,000 Years!©". Our foreign friends, suffering miserably for want of bowfin in their homelands, are welcome to join too.
This membership is FREE, but be sure to show the world your support with a purchase of BAG gear:
The bowfinanglers.com e-mail addresses are maxed out, so you'll have to use your own. Just reply to this post with your Name, State, Contact Info, and a bit of finnin' info. The list below is folks who signed up so far.
And Welcome Aboard!!
| Posted 11/14/08 at 04:12 PM|| #2 |
|My pursuit of lm b@$$ has often been the victim of the brutal attack of a toothy bowfin. While many will use live bait to catch them, I've found that true sport is watching a big bowfin inhale a white spinnerbait and then turn to yank the pole from your hands. When I figure out how, I'll share a photo of an 8-pounder that I caught in Lake Pansofkee a few weeks ago on a plastic crawfish bait. About a half hour after that, I hooked into one that had to be 12 lbs on my flippin' rig. It bent the stout rod over and thrashed around getting my son and me pretty wet. It jumped about 7 or 8 times and I never did get to haul it onto the boat for a good photo. We both whooped and hollered for a few minutes at the excitement of that brief contest. Caught a 3-lb fin this morning on a white crappie jig. I catch them often in my lake (a small private lake) in North Central Florida, and have lots of fin stories to share sometime. |
| Posted 11/16/08 at 03:25 PM|| #3 |
|I have been periodically checking your awesome site for over a year now. I found it through a link on Corey's great site roughfish.com.
I like to fish for anything that swims, native fish a plus, native fish that make walleye fishermen cringe is a double plus!
The first 'fin I caught was while I was working as a "naturalist" at Many Point Scout Camp in Northwestern MN. It was around 8lbs, caught while teaching fishing merit badge in a small connecting stream between a deep cold lake and a smaller shallow lake. It ended up in a large aquarium for a few days and was then dissected as part of the merit badge. multiple rusted fish hooks were in the gut and no doubt many young scout thought they had lost a big pike.
This summer with a group from roughfish.com we had the pleasure of catching a few 'fins in the Mississippi river and they spiced up the day to be sure. The colors were out of this world! Great site, great resource and great hommage to such an awesome fish. Thanks
| Posted 12/21/08 at 04:35 PM|| #4 |
|im from north webster indiana,just caught mu first bowfin this summer(a six pounder)and wanted to start fishin for them|
| Posted 12/21/08 at 10:29 PM|| #5 |
|I was fishing for crappie today using small minnows on a 1/8th oz white jig under a bobber in about 3-4 feet of water. I caught 3 crappie (one was small and two were 12 and 13 inches), but I also caught five bowfin. I managed to get two of them into the boat, but one spit the jig just as I was untangling the net to land it, and the other two broke the light line before I could get them into the net. The two I managed to land were 4 and 5 lbs. I've been donating them to the UF IFAS research pond just north of Gainesville. There was a front that rolled through this afternoon, which probably accounted for their sudden activity. |
| Posted 12/25/08 at 09:57 PM|| #6 |
|I have been finning now for awhile. I am from Evansville, Indiana in southern Indiana. I frequent Millersburg Canal in Warrick County. I mainly use rooster tail spinners and/or minnows. An easy way to bag a fin: Cast a somewhat large floating rapala and let it sit. If there is a grinnle around it will come up and take a look. Then cast your rooster tail and run it right by it and it cannot resist! I read a lot on hear about using fresh cut bait such as bluegill or crappie. I have tried, but usually turtles get there first. Another decent spot not mentioned on here is Otter Pit in the Blue Grass Fish and Wildlife Area in Warrick County. They are not as frequent, but certaintly are there. |
| Posted 01/04/09 at 06:09 PM|| #7 |
|here is my info:
i love all types of fishing! but love to hunt for the bowfins they are the best fighting fresh water fish out there!
| Posted 01/13/09 at 07:54 AM|| #8 |
|I'm from Michigan, I fish a private lake that has monster bowfin. This last year, I caught a lot of bowfin. The average fish that was caught was, about 7 lbs 27 inches. The biggest that I caught last year was, 10 lbs 30 inches. I have many photos of these fish. Need to be member.|
| Posted 01/18/09 at 10:17 PM|| #9 |
|I fish in central Wisconsin and have been catching fins which around here are called dogfish for the last couple years. Love catching these fish and cant wait to post pics. last year opening day caught 2 30+ inches. cant wait till May 2nd to go back|
| Posted 01/23/09 at 10:52 PM|| #10 |
|My favorite fish!|
| Posted 01/24/09 at 04:52 PM|| #11 |
I am a Taxidermist in Milford, VA and one of my customers caught a Bow fin and wanted a reproduction. So, we had it done and just got it back getting ready to paint it. It was 22" long and appears to be a red tail. As soon as it is completed I will email you a picture if you would like to post on your site. I will also let my customer know there is a web site for Bow fin.
Our website is http://www.blackbeart.com
We will post on our site.
Mark & Elizabeth Fonseca
| Posted 02/03/09 at 03:46 PM|| #12 |
|I am in the US Army, and recently got stationed here at Redstone Alabama. I am from Vermont, so I am a conservationist and Gamesman by heart. So, when one of my co-workers mentioned fishing, we ran to the local Wal-Mart and grabbed our licenses and head out to the Tennessee River. We fished all day Saturday, reeling in mostly small stripers and brim. After about three hours of hard fishing I hooked what felt to be one of the big catfish I have heard about. I fought with this fish for four or five minutes and just when my 12 lb. test Cajun Red line had about had it, I landed the 14 lb. monster to shore. On first glance it looked to be some sort of catfish, but the scales and extended dorsal told me otherwise. My fishing buddies, one being from Texas, and the other from upstte New York, had no idea what this "ugly" fish was. I snapped a picture and threw it in the bucket. About 40 minutes later the fish had enough of the bucket, which had 4 or 5 stripers in it and jumped out, still very much alive. My buddy who had been fishing by the bucket screamed like a little girl. So I made the decision to throw him back in, and he swam off. I still had no idea what type of fish I had just had the experience of catching. We went to the local bait shop and I showed the manager the picture. He said it was a "scaly cat" or a "grindle". I did my research and that is how I found this site. It was my first bowfin and I thorougly enjoyed the catch. Good Luck and Good Fishing!!!!|
| Posted 02/04/09 at 10:56 PM|| #13 |
|i want 2 join group have caught a few bowfin and want 2 share my pics caught and released one that was 34.5 in. wanted 2 share photos|
| Posted 02/09/09 at 09:22 PM|| #14 |
| I spent five summers of my life tracking down the best fish I have ever had the privilege of fighting. WOW!!!!!!!!! The five summers were all worth it when she pulled the pole out of the holder and to the edge of the very small canal I was fishing. I am hooked and will spend all my time catching and releasing this ancient and elusive sport fish!|
| Posted 02/26/09 at 06:17 PM|| #15 |
|I saw my first Bowfin when my son brought it home, not knowing what it was. The next morning when I came home from work I was amazed to see how powerful and strong the Bowfin was after being tied to a line all night in my pond.After doing some research on the fish and realizing I can't keep fish in my pond because of the Turtles I have, I have decided to try to have Bowfins in my pond for catch and release fun. WHY NOT?
This Bowfin was caught in LAKE LIMESTONE by a bridge on Route 1512.