Paddlefish dont eat a lot of other fish. I believe they're mainly bottom/filter feeders, using that big snout to stir up the bottom. Out of the 10s of thousands of catfish my family has caught commercially over many years, we seldom ever caught a spoon bill. It was when we set lines close to the bottom and usually an accidental hooking. I dont think I've ever seen one hooked in the mouth.
If you want prehistoric....theres always the Bowfin (Choupique down here in the swamps). Small gape, ferocious fighters and actually not bad eating if you know how to cook them. Every bit as toothy too! And they get quite large.
But then, Gar ain't bad eatin' either. I digress...lol.
Edited by Mike Whatley (06/11/19 07:52 PM)
.10 surface acre pond, 10.5 foot deep. SW LA. The epitome of a mutt pond. BG, LMB, GSF, RES, BH, Warmouth, Longear Sunfish, Gambusia,Mud Minnows, Crappie, and now shiners!!...I subscribe!!