These fish have strong jaws and even stronger wills. Once you set the hook, bowfins will make every effort to run you into any nearby snags or cover. With that in mind, you’ll want to bulk up your outfit, line, and terminal tackle for a bowfin hunt. Bass rods designed for frogging or throwing large swimbaits have plenty of backbone for the forceful set you need to drive hooks into a bowfin’s hard mouth. They’ll also provide the power required to muscle these strong fish away from snaggy structure. Fifty- to 65-pound braided line is a smart choice, as its lack of stretch aids in a positive hookset. Finally, whether you’re soaking bait or throwing lures, make sure your hooks are superstrong and honed to a needle point.