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#11059900 - 08/23/15 09:34 PM Please help identifying fish
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Green Horn

Registered: 10/24/11
Posts: 16
Hi,

I apologize for posting this here if it is the completely wrong forum, but I did not find any other forum for i/d of fish.

I will be most grateful if anyone can please id the fish in the pics.

This was caught with shrimp at the Brazos Bend State Park, Old Horseshoe Lake, yesterday. Various onlookers threw out wild guesses like "hybrid between gar and carp" or even "snakehead". The park rangers took their book out but nothing matched and even they were clueless.

One of the park rangers thought it was red drum, but when we compare the pictures, we found that the head seems to be too pointed for a red drum.

The scale was tougher than bass, and normal knife proved inadequate for scaling. However, scale came off with peeler, and it was nowhere near as tough as Gar's.

Flesh was mushy and soft, still uncooked in our freezer, not sure how to cook it unless you guys help smile

Thanks in advance!





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#11059901 - 08/23/15 09:36 PM Re: Please help identifying fish [Re: Its fishing not catching]
Lil joe Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 05/30/13
Posts: 2955
Loc: lake conroe, tx
bowfin grennel

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#11059908 - 08/23/15 09:39 PM Re: Please help identifying fish [Re: Its fishing not catching]
Jaret Latta Offline
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Registered: 01/06/07
Posts: 6710
Loc: Austin, Tx/Nacogdoches, Tx
grinnel.....good catfish bait

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#11059909 - 08/23/15 09:40 PM Re: Please help identifying fish [Re: Its fishing not catching]
TXWingStinger Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 02/11/14
Posts: 100
Grinnel. Can't believe the park rangers couldn't tell you what it was.

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#11059912 - 08/23/15 09:42 PM Re: Please help identifying fish [Re: Its fishing not catching]
Jaret Latta Offline
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Registered: 01/06/07
Posts: 6710
Loc: Austin, Tx/Nacogdoches, Tx
I wouldnt eat that thing. Tastes kinda like a cross between mud turtle and old coot...

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#11059928 - 08/23/15 09:47 PM Re: Please help identifying fish [Re: Its fishing not catching]
T54 Offline
TFF Team Angler

Registered: 12/05/07
Posts: 3293
Bowfin, or "Grinnel" if you are from East Texas

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bowfin

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#11059929 - 08/23/15 09:47 PM Re: Please help identifying fish [Re: Its fishing not catching]
T54 Offline
TFF Team Angler

Registered: 12/05/07
Posts: 3293
and yeah, don't eat that.

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#11059950 - 08/23/15 09:59 PM Re: Please help identifying fish [Re: Its fishing not catching]
361V Online   content
TFF Team Angler

Registered: 11/21/08
Posts: 4463
Loc: somervell county
Lip em thumb Park rangers need to go back to school if they can't identify a GRINNEL(bowfin) for you. Big heavy duty scales covering a catfish like skin. Teeth like a pike. They are in every East Texas lake. Fork used to be full of them, still there. Google them. One of the oldest prehistoric species in the world. Those beady eyed things will shred a spinnerbait!


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#11059954 - 08/23/15 10:01 PM Re: Please help identifying fish [Re: Its fishing not catching]
bbassfishes Offline
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Registered: 09/30/12
Posts: 576
Loc: Granbury, TX
I would be second guessing my park rangers that I've hired.... rolleyes
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#11059990 - 08/23/15 10:18 PM Re: Please help identifying fish [Re: Its fishing not catching]
lakeforkfisherman Offline
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Registered: 08/04/06
Posts: 9169
Loc: Dallas/Quitman
I caught one many years ago at Fork. Fought like a monster.
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#11060011 - 08/23/15 10:28 PM Re: Please help identifying fish [Re: Its fishing not catching]
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Green Horn

Registered: 10/24/11
Posts: 16
Wow! Thanks guys! I am surprised that I did not know about such a common freshwater fish, but then this shows how much I do not know!

Thank you for your advice on not eating it, but I am going to try grin I have already turned its flesh to cotton by washing it (some articles on the internet says NOT to wash the meat otherwise it turns mushy like mashed potato). So now I am going to make balls out of the meat and deep fry them!

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#11060078 - 08/23/15 11:20 PM Re: Please help identifying fish [Re: Its fishing not catching]
Jaret Latta Offline
TFF Celebrity

Registered: 01/06/07
Posts: 6710
Loc: Austin, Tx/Nacogdoches, Tx
Make ceveche out of it. Double dare you...

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#11060126 - 08/24/15 04:22 AM Re: Please help identifying fish [Re: Its fishing not catching]
MtnHm203 Offline
Angler

Registered: 01/12/09
Posts: 448
Choupique?

LOL

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#11060129 - 08/24/15 04:42 AM Re: Please help identifying fish [Re: Its fishing not catching]
Blues Online   crying
Extreme Angler

Registered: 01/23/12
Posts: 1964
Park rangers couldn't identify? That's embarrassing..

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#11060355 - 08/24/15 09:06 AM Re: Please help identifying fish [Re: Its fishing not catching]
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TFF Guru

Registered: 02/21/08
Posts: 15242
Loc: plano
Place the meat on cardboard, use sea salt - a heavy dose, throw a little bit of Zatarain's on to taste.

Quarter a lemon-don't squeeze, just lay the lemon on its rind in all four corners of the cardboard.

Dice an onion and pile it on anywhere, get a clove of garlic and mince it. Place it as you did the onion. Use a

vegetable oil of some sort and just lightly spritz over the meat.

Cook in oven for 34 minutes @ 300 degrees.
























Take out of the oven, throw away the fish and eat the cardboard. thumb
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