Re: NANFA-- Fish Folklore

R. W. Wolff (
Wed, 7 Nov 2001 10:24:18 -0600

> This is good stuff and it's not surprising that the bowfin would generate
> some good lore. Usually there is a grain of truth somewhere in the story
> though so do bowfin have a large vein in the fillet?

No, but the meat is much different than typical freshwater gamefish. I
heard the two poison stories from some old timers on the marsh when I was a
kid. Maybe they made the stuff up since they would see me catch them and
keep them. Someone I went to school with at the time who fished the river
also heard the green blood thing though.

I forgot another common myth about the catfish, "their barbels are what
sting." Then there is the one about green sunfish crossing dewy ground at
night. This could be believed since they seem to show up everywhere. I
have also seen them come up on shore more than their body length to grab
insects and flip back into the water.


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