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New species for me

Discussion in 'Central Ohio Fishing Reports' started by Bluegillin', Sep 23, 2017.

  1. Today I had planned to fish with my dad for some crappie and bluegill and thus made a trip to his house last night to get an early start this morning. However, on my way to his house last night, I decide last minute to swing by a river to a spot I fished many years ago for saugeye. Given this was a spur of the moment decision, I admittedly was not well prepared. With the exception of a flashlight, I have no light and I have no net. Within minutes of arriving, I hear a few fish jumping so I am anxious to get fishing. On my fifth cast with a roadrunner head and Big Joshy perch, I feel the tap of a fish. Hook set and it is on. This fish is going crazy and as I get it close to the bank, I get out my flashlight as I am totally in the dark. Fish is splashing everywhere and pulling hard. I catch a glimpse, and I am thinking wow, it must be a nice saugeye as I can tell by the body shape that it is not a bass and the pull is not one of a catfish. I finally get the fish to the bank, look down and am quite surprised as to what is before me. While a bit disappointed to see that it was not a big saugeye, I was excited to see that I had caught my first ever bowfin. Kind of cool to catch a species that you have never caught even though it is probably considered a trash fish. Call it what you will but still a strange and cool fish. I guess fishing is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're gonna get.
  2. awesome! I have ever caught one bowfin and it was up in northeast ohio. Would not mind figuring out where to target some. they are brawlers. Thought I had a monster largemouth at first, turned out to be a 4ish lb bowfin.

  3. I, too, had never caight a Bowfin until this year. On a river trip I was throwing a wopper plopper into the vegetation gaps as I floated by. I will say this. When the bowfin hit my lure it literally blew up. The fight was awesome and the fish was smaller than it felt in the water for sure. What was funny was my 5 yo son looking over the side of the oontoon as I was fumbling for the net. He said, aww cool dad. I calmly said im trying to getbit in the boat, you mind thimbing it over the side for tou dad. He looked at the fish, looked at me and said, sorry dad. I wouldn't thumb that fish for mom either. Priceless....