View Full Version : Can you identify this creature?

February 18, 2012, 07:44 PM
I know what it is, do you?

February 18, 2012, 07:49 PM

February 18, 2012, 07:54 PM
I am guessing he was close to 20 lbs. The skull is about 6 inches wide.

February 18, 2012, 07:57 PM
The old fishmonger seconds the bowfinn judgment..............

February 18, 2012, 08:05 PM
Prehistoric fish that still lives..in case someone don't know.....

February 18, 2012, 08:16 PM
Its my Ex-Wifes lawyer, I'd know that grin anywhere.

February 18, 2012, 08:20 PM

February 18, 2012, 08:29 PM
Mmmmmm...now I'm hungry...thanks.

February 18, 2012, 09:28 PM
Good God my exwife! I will have nightmares for sure tonight!

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February 18, 2012, 09:49 PM
YEP, Bofinn caught one last weekend in lake Seminole.

February 18, 2012, 10:19 PM
Hey Big P I live on the Florida side of Lake Seminole (assuming we're talking about the same one) I've never heard of this fish let alone seen one...:eek::confused:

What you use for bait?

February 18, 2012, 10:22 PM
Haven't seen one in years. Still as ugly as they were when I used to catch em when I was a kid.

February 18, 2012, 10:36 PM
I thought that was a variant of the mother-in-law fish. I stand corrected.

February 18, 2012, 10:45 PM
Wow that fish is just plain creepy lol

February 18, 2012, 10:56 PM
What does that fish eat? :eek:

February 18, 2012, 11:03 PM
What does that fish eat?

My guess? Our souls.... lol

February 18, 2012, 11:08 PM
What does that fish eat?
My guess? Our souls.... lol


February 19, 2012, 10:10 AM
Yep, bowfin or what some around here call a grennel. We used to catch them a lot in swampy sloughs while bass fishing. Tough fish. They can live in a mud hole that's half diesel fuel and survive being out of water way longer than most fish. They will absolutely destroy a bass lure with those teeth. LOL! Also the most inedible fish I know of here in Alabama. I've seen people grind up gar or carp into patties or balls and make it passable as table fare but not a grennel. I'd rather try to eat a shad.

February 19, 2012, 10:14 AM

February 19, 2012, 10:53 AM
What does that fish eat?

Whatever it wants.

Sure Shot Mc Gee
February 19, 2012, 11:05 AM
Curious? Is it fish or something belonging to the eel family? You Boys down South got some gen-u-wine nasty looking critters in the waters down there. No chance of skinny-dipping I suppose?:rolleyes: SSMcG

Do people intentionally try to catch them fish? Are they edible?

February 19, 2012, 12:32 PM
I was going to say Skookum. But that thing's a fish?! In Florida waters? People wonder why I don't go in the water. Freaking monsters.

February 19, 2012, 03:36 PM
We catch them in TX too...freshwater fish....

Old Grump
February 19, 2012, 04:38 PM
Didn't know you had them down there. They lay in holes or behind obstructions on the river bottom and will jump at anything but if you want to go after them deliberately cray fish, minnows or salamanders are our favorite baits. Stay away from all that stinky bait like some cat fishermen use it just messes up your hands, ruins your lunch and makes your tackle stink. It will work but so will a crappie minnow and they are cheaper.

February 20, 2012, 04:15 PM
Around here we call them dogfish. They are very aggresive and will strike just about anything, they have an incredibly strong bite that will tear up a good lure, last time I encountered one it broke the line and I had to say goodye to my favorite jig.

February 20, 2012, 04:58 PM
Bowfin, slow, low oxigenated water and mud bottom rivers. I think they're found more in fresh/tidal rivers. Mean and full of toofs. Still nothing compared to a PO'd Mako or similar NACL H2O dweller.

February 22, 2012, 01:00 PM
When I first saw it I thought Poop Bear's skull. So it's a mud fish, cool.

February 25, 2012, 07:49 PM
I could tell by the lack of socketed eyes and the lack of nostrils, as well as those pin shaped teeth that it was a fish, but had no idea what.

February 25, 2012, 08:54 PM
Looks like a creature from the pit waiting for us humans to destroy ourselves and then finish off whatever survivors there are. Scary & creepy.

February 26, 2012, 05:57 AM
ain't that the truth.

Show that to some of the less grounded among the population, and that is exactly what they will think it is.:rolleyes:

February 26, 2012, 05:36 PM
Nancy Pelosi without her makeup.

February 26, 2012, 05:56 PM
You Boys down South got some gen-u-wine nasty looking critters in the waters down there.

Nebraska Game and Parks says they are present in the Missouri river here ...... I have not seen one of these yet, but have seen some strange fish in there- Burbot, various sturgeon, Skipjack Herring .....

February 26, 2012, 11:36 PM
Is that a skeleton or the actual head?

February 27, 2012, 02:35 PM

Prof Young
March 2, 2012, 12:05 AM
Not a good fish for . . . noodling.

Live well be safe
Prof Young

March 2, 2012, 11:49 AM
Amen to that Professor.....lol

March 3, 2012, 11:47 PM
I was going to say that it was the skull of Toothless from the movie 'How to Train Your Dragon', but something tells me that's not the right answer...

Wild Bill Bucks
March 20, 2012, 10:54 AM
They are called Grennel catfish here on Lake Eufaula in Oklahoma, (don't have a clue why since they don't resemble a catfish at all)
My first encounter with one was at Lake Fork Texas, when I saw a guy try to thumb one, into the boat, from the end of his line.
I do a lot of night fishing for bass, and have always thumbed my fish, but after seeing that guys thumb, I have used a net ever since at night.
Guys here that noodle Lake Eufaula absolutely hate these things since they aren't fit to eat, and are really bad to hang under rocks and places where they are looking for catfish.

March 20, 2012, 11:41 PM
We call em Grinnel or Dogfish here in Alabama too. They like all creeks, no matter how stagnant. They have a functional lung, like a gar, so they can live in a hot shallow drainage ditch and just gulp air every now and then, if that's all they got. They hit almost any lure or bait. Most of em I've seen will go 3 to 5 pounds, but I understand they will go to 20 or better.

March 22, 2012, 09:37 PM
Oklahoma recipe for them...
Nail the fish to a board and wrap in heavy duty aluminum foil and toss on a bed of hot coals. After about 90 minutes, remove from the fire, scrape off the fish and eat the board.

March 23, 2012, 08:35 AM
I have never found a single American who sought to eat Bowfin...

Supposedly tastes like a mix of spoiled carp, post spawn salmon and mud pond catfish!!!

We tried to avoid any bait they were hitting on... Lake Jessup in Seminole County Fla. had a crap load of them nasty prehistoric buggers!


March 23, 2012, 08:58 AM
Oklahoma recipe for them...
Nail the fish to a board and wrap in heavy duty aluminum foil and toss on a bed of hot coals. After about 90 minutes, remove from the fire, scrape off the fish and eat the board.

Sounds like one of my Mother-in-law's recipes... a couple of petrified biscuits on the side and you have a meal!

March 23, 2012, 09:25 AM
I've caught them plenty of time while catfishing. I simply insert my blade into the top of his head and back in the water he goes to carry on the circle of life :D

Cluck Me
March 23, 2012, 09:46 AM
We call'em dogfish here in Iowa as well. I caught one that was about 10 lbs in a sand quarry, that was the biggest one I've seen until that skull.

March 23, 2012, 03:08 PM
Wild Bill you can keep those things at Eufala I sure don't want them up here in Grand lake.