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Alabama Anglers with their Bowfin

You may think they are ugly, and you may call bowfin, grinnel, brindle, blackfish, mudfish, dogfish, shoepike, cypress bass, cypress trout, choupique, scaley cat, buglemouth bass, German bass, spottail, grinner, cottonfish or brindlefish, but at least they are not snakeheads.  Bowfin will fight hard on a rod and reel.

Bowfin have sharp teeth and can use atmospheric oxygen.  Bowfin do not have a long anal fin and the aggressive behavior of snakehead.  Bowfin are native to Alabama, snakeheads are not native to the United States.

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bowfin
This bowfin was caught on August 30, 2012, in Morgan County by Kenny Huey fishing a white spinnerbait.
Bowfin
Sandi caught this bowfin in the Tombigbee River. 
Wiatt Crocker with bowfin
Wiatt Crocker caught this huge bowfin September 18, 2012 on the Tensaw River. It measured 31 inches! 
Jessie Cooper caught a bowfin in Baldwin County.
Jessie Cooper caught a grinnel or bowfin in Baldwin County, summer 2012.
 Darren Camp caught this bowfin from Lake Guntersville
Darren Camp caught this bowfin from Lake Guntersville on May 14, 2012.
Brantley Knight caugth this bowfin.
Brantley Knight caught this big bowfin from a pond near Deatsville on a lipless crankbait.
Gene Lofton
Gene Lofton caught this big bowfin in the Mobile Delta on August 19, 2011.
Oscar Tolbert
Oscar Tolbert caught this bowfin in Tensaw River during July of 2010. 
bowfin
Oscar Tolbert caught this bowfin in Tensaw River just north of Cliff’s Landing while bass fishing with a 4” ZOOM Green Pumpkin Seed Lizard.

Snakehead from USGS
This is NOT a bowfin; this is an exotic snakehead photo courtesy of the US Geological Survey, note the long anal fin.

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Bowfin caught in breeding colors at Guntersville Lake, Alabama.
Kathy Sanders caught this male bowfin in breeding colors on March 21, 2011, from Lake Guntersville using an ultralight, four-pound test line, and a spinner.
Bowfin
This bowfin was caught in Limestone County during October of 2010.

Bowfin from Wheeler Lake
Roger Morris caught his first bowfin in the upper end of the Spring Creek arm of Wheeler Lake, July 2, 2010, using a watermelon spice trick worm on a shaky head.

bowfin catch
Kevin Adams caught this bowfin in Montgomery County during July of 2009.

bowfin dogfish grinnel
Tyler Dorning caught this bowfin from a pond in Tanner (Limestone County) May 18, 2010.

This bowfin was caught in a private pond.
Brandon Evans caught this bowfin from a private pond on May 1, 2010. 

Melissa Glassco caught this Alabama bowfin in October of 2008.
Melissa Glassco caught this Alabama bowfin in October of 2008 at Ditto Landing, Huntsville.

 

Alabama record bowfin
Alabama record bowfin caught on July 31, 2005 by Nelson Ray Sansing from Lake Tuscaloosa on a June bug colored trick worm.

 Mike Sims of Athens caught this Lake Pickwick bowfin on May 27, 2006.
Mike Sims of Athens caught this Lake Pickwick bowfin on May 27, 2006.

 Osanippa Creek bowfin
This Lee County bowfin was caught by four-year-old Stephen using night crawlers and a bobber from Osanippa Creek, July 1, 2006.

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Cody Gargis     Cody Gargis
On Friday, April 5, 2013, Cody Gargis caught this 8-pound and 4-ounce, bowfin in the waters of Town Creek. He used a Mepp's spinner bait.


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