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    We decided to try our luck yesterday even with the hard winds and raised water levels. Put in just east of Washington right at 7 AM. We were greeted with some fair chop as we headed out. Spent about 2 hours on our first creek with no luck and then started heading back towards the boat ramp. Noticed the north side of the river closest to the bank wasn't as choppy so decided to hit the stump fields. Made it about halfway through the stump field and the Top Dog Jr gets slammed. My Penn Sargus 3000 went to screaming. Immediately new this was no average fish. New challenge, keep him out of the stumps. Took about 5 minutes to get him in and he gets boatside I can't believe my eyes. A 24.5" striper!!! Got him in the boat and snapped a pic and sent him on his way. I know striper season just started and I was in coastal waters but I felt I had received enough generosity being allowed to catch him. Hit the stump fields a little longer without a bite. Headed up inside the creek and my buddy catches a nice bowfin on a popping cork. Rain finally ran us off the water at 12. Back in the recliner watching football by 1:30. Considering the conditions, I'd say it was a successful day.
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    You have my respect! Man, it was hellish out there with all that wind!
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    Way to go. I wasn't allowed to go out by myself that's my story and I'm sticking to it.

    Which fought better - the striper or the bowfin? See anyone else out there?

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    Quote Originally Posted by philjam View Post
    Way to go. I wasn't allowed to go out by myself that's my story and I'm sticking to it.

    Which fought better - the striper or the bowfin? See anyone else out there?
    Saw one crabber out and when we were coming in at 12 a wildlife officer was heading out. Didn't see any other recs out.

    I think the striper fought harder. The bowfin was kinda lazy until he saw the boat.
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    I've never seen a bowfin talked about here. Are these edible (assuming they are legal to keep?)

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    Quote Originally Posted by challenger View Post
    I've never seen a bowfin talked about here. Are these edible (assuming they are legal to keep?)

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    I think some people do eat them but I choose not to.
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    I've heard they are good to eat, just a lot of bones. I've never tried it though...
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    If you like eating a yellow sponge that stinks, by all means cook you up a bow.
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    Winds were howling here. Nice catch on the striper.
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    Quote Originally Posted by c.lane View Post
    If you like eating a yellow sponge that stinks, by all means cook you up a bow.
    The key is keeping it alive until cooking. Butcher, filet and cook. Caviar is also excellent.

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    Apparently snakeheads, which look very similar to the bowfin are very good to eat and grow quite large. Never eaten either one so I can't vouch for it.

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