So, let’s talk about my quest for a Swamp Musky. Seems simple right. Choupique are dopey. Aggressive biters when found. Easy peasy right. Wrong.
We go to a slough near our rental cabin. I’m throwing a little 1/4 oz Spinnerbait. BIG bite. Hookset. Bowfin comes up to the surface. Big thrash. Bait cones out.
We work our way around the slough and I hang another one close to the boat when a branch is whacking me in the face. I could not keep it hooked.
i missed a bite or two that I am pretty sure was a Bowfin. I saw one clearly very close to boat. I flipped a bait near him and he took a half hearted nip at it and eased off.
I made a move to Black Cypress Bayou. I flipped a Chain Pickerel and a chunky LMB. John jigged a Crappie in a unlikely place and on the way cack by the same top looking for a second crappie and instead hooks a Bowfin. Long Battle in tight quarters with 8 lb line and a Crappie jig pole.
So Day 3 I’m pressing, but still hopeful. Back to the slough that I hung two Bowfin on Day One. Working along. Trying a Buzzbait for Bass and a Bowfin blows and misses it. Later, I see another one resting near a stump.
We work our way around the slough. I’m catching bass on my spinner bait, but still looking for my Swamp Musky. Johnny Bowfin strikes again. Spinnerbait this time. He had hung one previously, but it shook off. Not this time. John played it well and we netted it up.
Weather is starting to go south ; windy, temp dropping, and rain getting worse. I worked through various sloughs just hoping against hope. A long cold run to Little Cypress Bayou. It was shallow and dingy. But we were picking up a few bass on Spinnerbaits. We are both soaked to the bone and temp is in the 40’s with a chilling wind. I decided this was my last spot and worked my way back out. Spinnerbait gets crushed. Heavy fish. Heavy rolling. It came up and threw itself hard left and was Gone. Heartbreaking.
I resumed fishing hoping against hope. I started flipping a Zoom Z Craw. Got a hard tick and fish swam st me. I set hard and fish flashed a little, but was not hooked. I’d bet $100 that was another Bowfin.
That’s fishing. Sucks. I’ll keep trying.