Teach and I had a marathon fishing trip Thursday, Friday and Saturday. I caught this 30" Bowfin on a Krebs First Cast fly on Loon Lake. I was casting off the bow and Teach was maneuvering the boat when he said "Hey, four O clock and twenty feet" I laid the backcast out close to the boil he just pointed out and gave the first cast fly a twitch. This huge fish came up to it to see what it was and I gave it another twitch. He slurped it in and the fight was on. We both thought it was a musky until we got a view of it broadside.
This fish was heavy! He didn't fight super aggressively but it was a strong fish. I tired him out for a while and was figuring out how I was going to pick this thing up because we didn't have a net and this thing had a mouth full of teeth. I got him along side the boat a grabbed him around the middle. Got a few quick pictures and put him back in the water.
I grabbed the hook with a pair of pliers and the fish shook himself off. The fish soaked me with it's departing thrash of his tail.
Teach and I were dumbfounded! We didn't even think to measure him but it was as wide as my canoe by the rear seat. That's around 30 inches! We had a blast and wished other club members had joined us for the camping trip.
The answer to life the universe and everything is.........42!
OK! I know we practice catch and release............................but a dog fish??? (aka. bowfin) Not sure I would have done that. We use to bow hunt and spear those on Lake James, just to get them out of the lake. But hey it gets you in the 20" club..........I guess!
Well no , but if you can count a bowfin can you count a grass pike?? Just kidding. I don't know why in years past an effort to eradicate bowfin from certain waters was promoted, other than they are about as ugly as my dog.