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Quite a catch

Can you identify this fish? This 11-pound monster held by lifelong Fayette County resident J.C. Weston was caught last week in Lake Horton. Weston said it took 15-20 minutes to reel the big guy in. Photo/Special.



Cyclist's picture

Its scientific name is Amia calva commonly known has a "Bowfin." Good fighting fish but OMG it's butt "arse" UGLY.

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PTC Observer's picture

It could be a snakehead. If so, the Department of Natural Resources would certainly like to know this. The snakehead is a fish that can wipe out most game fish like Bass. It is a Chinese invader.

Here's a link to Bowfin vs. Snakehead. The picture here is not conclusive.


I go to the reservoir almost every day and in either early spring, or early summer (can't remember which), I see fins in the shallows, just circling. I never knew what kind of fish it was, but I read on the website that is something that the bowfin does. I also read that a male protecting its nest attacked a man in waders and that they have primitive lungs! What a cool fish! I will have to bring some bread with me when they start their shallow water circling stuff. I'm guessing their bowfins...what ever it is, it is big and there are quite a few of them. Of course, if we don't get some really good rain they may all die. The res is really low.

NUK_1's picture

It has a few nicknames but I think that's a Grinnel. Helluva fighter and not something you let your fingers get close to. Don't try to "lip" it out of the water.

BTW, nice catch, guy. Not an easy fish to haul in.

Looks like a Grinnel to me. Trash fish.

Looks like a Grinnel to me.

Just gotta admire those Submariners--all of them!

SPQR's picture

Going aboard one of those old boats and imagining what it would have been like in a combat situation is almost unimaginable. And yes. There contribution is often overlooked

Cyclist's picture

From the USS Pampanito web site:

The decisive role played by the Silent Service during WW II is often overlooked, or the significance of their contribution is not fully understood. The Submarine Service represented only 1.6% of all Navy personnel during the war but they accounted for over 55% of all Japanese ships sunk, including one-third of the Imperial Japanese Navy. Submariners paid a high price for this accomplishment, however, with the highest percentage causality rate of any branch of the service, almost 23%. Fifty-two U.S. submarines were lost during WW II with over 3,500 men. Many additional men were lost either from gunfire or tragic mishap. It should always be remembered that these men were all volunteers.
Those lost are considered on Eternal Patrol.

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