Do you love big bluegill?
Well thanks, Allen. I should probably say that they are perhaps more prominent in Southern climes - but that I am certainly no expert!
Perhaps it is that they get so big here....
Heck I dont know for sure. LOL
Ever seen the old tin-type picture of an Alligator Gar that's like 10' long? BIG!! Earlier in this thread I mentioned the "Caddo Lake Monster". It's a rumored Gator Gar that's 15 ft long......
In our part of the South the bowfin is called a ' Grinnell " , still ugly looking. LOFR
In Indiana a Bowfin is called a Dogfish
Ive heard that one, LOFR. As Rick says below, another name is "dogfish."
But my favorite name for amia calva comes from the bayous of Louisiana: "choupique"
Pronounced, "shoe-peek," it just has that appealing ring most Cajun names have.
'Mudfish" is what the first one I saw was called. Their air bladder serves as a crude sort of lung, a hold over from their prehistoric ancestry. If I recall correctly, the fossil record shows they haven't changed in over 160 million years.
This vestigial lung allows them to live a long time out of water, or in less than ideal circumstances. Most known as a creature of swamps and backwaters, I'm certain they got this name once spring flood waters receded and left them, well, "in the mud."
Big mountain whitefish would be /are, going to try and catch them this year. :)
Alligator Gar, Bowfin, Eel, Snakehead
You know what, what happen to the old fashion crocodiles and gators (small 2ft to 4ft length). That will be fun to haul in, and if allow, skin and eaten. Taste like tough chicken.