Grip and Grin: Big Bowfin | Kayak Angler Magazine | Rapid Media
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When this Florida bowfin exploded on his soft plastic, Brad van Rooyen thought he caught a big largemouth bass. When this Florida bowfin exploded on his soft plastic, Brad van Rooyen thought he caught a big largemouth bass. Photo: Mike Maynor

You never know what you're going to hook into fishing the fertile waters of Florida.

Brad van Rooyen sent us ths shot of his big bowfin catch, "or as some of the old times locals call it a mud fish," he says. "They look similar to snakeheads but are actually native to Florida. It was caught while bass fishing on the Hillsborough River by my buddy Mike Maynor using a soft plastic worm. When it hit the water exploded and we thought it was a monster bass. These guys give a great fight."
 

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