Durham Patch: With 70-plus trophy fish award pins from the State Department of Energy and Environmental Protection to his credit, Harry Barber of Middlefield’s Lake Beseck neighborhood ranks as one of Connecticut’s top anglers. Barber, who admits to being “in my mid-80s” agewise, has hooked about every fish that bites bait or lure in our waters. At least he thought he had until last week when he caught 2 individuals of a species he had never landed before.
“They are bad news fish,” says Barber of the 2 bowfin, each more than 2 feet long, he caught in the Connecticut River off Chester. “When they started chopping my big shiners [his bait] in half, I thought it was a snapping turtle.” Both fish put up a battle, worthy of the 50-pound test Barber was using.