Choupique on the Fly

Y’all remember that choupique I caught on the fly back in April? It was actually taken on one of Blake’s flies that we have featured here, the redfish intruder.  This one:




I just got word on May 25th that it is officially the new state record bowfin taken with a fly rod.  Weighing in at a whopping 4.07 lbs, how could that little guy be first place?  Turns out there was no fly rod bowfin category prior to my submission.  I knew that so I figured it was worth a shot to submit it and at least get the category started.  Louisiana’s state records are not run by the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries but rather the Louisiana Outdoor Writer’s Association.

Instead of having open categories for every fish found in the state, I guess they prefer that you go through the process of asking for consideration of a category prior to putting it into place.  Then you can submit your fish, which requires it to be weighed on a certified scale, identified by a state biologist, and multiple hard copy pictures sent in via snail mail.  If you see where I’m going with this you’ll understand that the process is a PITA.  It is no wonder that more people don’t submit their fish for state record consideration in Louisiana.  Oh, and it cost me $25 to make the submission.  All this leaves me wondering why it has to be so hard?

At any rate you’re looking at the state record holder for choupique on the fly, for whatever that’s worth($25). Follow this link to take a look at Louisiana’s state records.


  1. Andy said:

    Cool, I like records. I’m looking to get my little boys in on several records that are unclaimed like yours.


  2. Jim said:

    Congrats Ben! I’ve never seen or heard of a choupique or bowfin before, and it’s very interesting, almost prehistoric looking ! So I read up on it and found that it is indeed a primitive fish, also known as cypress trout. And you gotta love trout !


  3. Mike LaFleur said:

    Fantastic catch. I guess Brendan will no longer be Mr. Choupique. Ha ha.


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