Dogfish/Bowfin

Discussion in 'Warm Water Species Fishing' started by StormFisher, Oct 13, 2017.

  1. StormFisher

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    Does anybody know if these fish can grow to 8 foot long
     
  2. dead short

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    No, they don't. I think the current world record is around 41"
     
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  3. stickman1978

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    Master angler 27" , State record 14.00lbs.
     
  4. addictivefishing12345

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    Definitely not 8 foot long lol sturgeon yeah but bowfin. State record for michigan is 36 inches long.
     
  5. walleye50

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    When I was a kid I always fished for them using a treble hook and and a chunk of blugill and caught em that way, ugly as hell but fun to catch
     
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    They put up a good fight! When I was a kid and went pike fishing with my grandfather, that's all he fished for, he would get pizzed and I mean livid when he thought he had a pike and pulled in a dogfish! He would beat it to death if we were on shore and "leave it for the coons". I didn't understand it all back then in the 60s. I still shook my head in the 70s when he did it!
     
  7. StormFisher

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    Hey I appreciate all the replies, whatever this fish is it is as long as an 8-foot kayak and it attacks full grown geese, I assumed Pike myself but another local said he seen it was a dogfish, I didn't see the actual fish I seen the wake at left and the water from nose-to-tail the thing is about 8 ft long I didn't see the species though, that's why I inquired about the size of dogfish/bowfin, again thanks a lot guys and as soon as I catch this thing I will post pictures of it.
     
  8. addictivefishing12345

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    What lake is it and idk the only fish 8 foot long would be a lake sturgeon which could surface and scare some geese but wouldn't be able to eat them it would be eating insect larvae and crayfish otherwise it could be big muskie could maybe get 5 foot but not much bigger and that would be incredibly rare and and pike could be up to 4 and a half feet but that would be rare to those would be the only fish that would actually attack a geese but only a real big one would be able to eat one otherwise a bowfin couldn't eat one and wouldn't get over 3 feet.
     
  9. Rendy

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    shark? whale? free willie?

    the only thing it could have been around here is a sturgeon. and t could have just been surfacing and been pure coincidence that there was a goose right there. i've had them surface within a couple feet of my boat, even having one run into my boat in 40FOW while jigging the river a couple years ago while we were puttering to a new spot. new it was a sturgeon because the thing dazed itself and was just slowly swimming inches under the surface before swimming back to the depths. and have heard other stories of them running into boats. its probably a sturgeon. they do weird things
     
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    I caught this pig out of a small cut on the tibb about 5yrs ago on a spinner bait. Pretty sure I could have gotten a master angler award for it but didn't have proper means to measure. Sandal in the pic is size 13
     

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