Dodd Schermerhorn

8.0 lb. Bowfin caught by Dodd Schermerhorn fishing in New York on 07/02/11

Posted by Dodd Schermerhorn Expert Member over 9 years ago

8.0 lb. Bowfin caught by Dodd Schermerhorn fishing in New York on 07/02/11
26.5" / 8.0 lb. Bowfin caught by Dodd Schermerhorn fishing on Saturday July 02, 2011 at 07:11 near Sandy Creek in Oswego County, New York (NY), United States North America using a half a sinfish

the wifey was totally destoring sandy pond for sunfish and blue gill. over 70 for the weekend,18 bullhead, and 1 snapping turtle. she was catching so many sunnies i decided to use one for bait. i cut it in half and tossed it out, i got a hell of a hit figuring it was a pike, but when it got closer i didnt know what the hell it was, after i got it on shore, there was a crowd of people telling me it was a snakehead. i never saw anything like this before" and ive been fishing for 20+ years, so i believed them. they said it was illegal to let it go and it had to be killed. so another camper went and got an ax and chopped off the head. the next day we went to a bait shop and got the ny fishing reg book and i found out that it was a bowfin. the poor fish gave his life for nothing. the bowfin is native to ny, and prehistoric looking with the dorsal fin running all the way down the back. this fish put up a great fight and i'm looking forwards to catching some more this summer. 26.5in, and at least 8-10 lbs. the biggest fish me me this year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Mark Brown

love the bowfin

Posted by Mark Brown Expert Member over 9 years ago

Dodd Schermerhorn

yes this fish did put up a great fight, especially when i had no idea what the hell it was. to bad she had to die. at least now i know what they are, and no more inoccent fish have to die

Posted by Dodd Schermerhorn Expert Member over 9 years ago

Glenn Edwards

NEVER SEEN A BOWFIN BEFORE... LOOKS LIKE WOULD PUT UP A GOOD FIGHT,,,,,

Posted by Glenn Edwards over 9 years ago

Jessica & Angelo

that was a big bowfin

Posted by Jessica & Angelo Elite Member over 9 years ago

Congratulations, and welcome to the world of the bowfin. While it's a shame the fish died, at least now you know what a bowfin looks like - and it sounds like they've already earned your respect. They're awesome fish - really violent, and they put up a great fight. The males are also extremely protective of their young, and are known to attack just about anything that gets to close to the fry.

A surefire way to tell the difference between a snakehead and a bowfin is to look at the anal fin. Snakeheads have a long anal fin that looks like their dorsal fin, while the bowfin has a short, "normal" looking anal fin. They both have that big long dorsal though, so it's easy to confuse them if you haven't caught them before.

Here's a good poster showing the differences:
http://www.ncwildlife.org/fishing/documents/SnakeHeadFlyer_053007.pdf

Good luck catching more of them this summer - live or cut bluegill are my go-to bait, hooked with a 3/0 or 4/0 circle hook, and either drifting with the current, near the bottom with a fish-finder or carolina rig, or sitting 2'-3' under a float.

Posted by Jason Robinson over 9 years ago

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