youre not the first, my cousin was telling me about a few he caught out of pymie this yearThey're on the candidate species list... They're not endangered and can be kept, but can not be killed just to kill them... I caught one in pymie while bass fishing the beginning of July or so (whoever put it in there better hope I don't find them, they would destroy pymie) it was a fun catch till I saw what it was.
Amen Pork, NY has Bowfin too.You can find quite large specimins in The Basherkill Swamp (NY State Land) 1/2 an hour north of Port Jervis,and Matamoris Pa. on Rte 209.They're a native fish...not sure where the assumption comes form they've been introduced.?
They won't destroy Pymie...or any other body of water...they've always been here.
They're one of the oldest species on the planet, and will be here long after us.^!
I see nothing wrong with them & enjoy every one I catch...and release them unharmed.
Some of the fighten-est fish in our waters, and an important part of the ecosystem. <><
more people fishing for them and better technology means they dont live as long shrug maybe theyre all getting caught before they get big.What I can't believe, is that 'ski record's stood the test of time.
With the increase in the amount of guys fishing for them, and all the advances in lure / fishfinder technology....super lines, carbon drags, etc.
an 88 year old record is mighty impressive! ^!
After this long, I wonder if it'll ever be beat?!? shrug