Teen Catches State Record Bowfin

Tauri Adamczyk, a 16-year-old from Taunton, is the new Massachusetts record holder for bowfin.

Tauri caught the 7 lb., 14 oz. bowfin (girth 14”, length 26.5”) from the Taunton River in late July. She brought her monster catch to the MassWildlife Field Headquarters for fisheries biologists to certify her catch and state record.

Bowfin are gathering an ever-increasing number of fans who admire its fighting qualities and its propensity to strike baits and lures. Currently, bowfin populations are limited to the Connecticut River and Taunton River drainages and a few isolated ponds throughout the state. The Catch and Keep minimum weight is 6 pounds for adults and 4 pounds for youth. The Catch and Release minimum length is 26 inches.