38 NEBRASKAland • MAY 2014
MAY 2014 • NEBRASKAland 39
oining an ongoing debate in
the angling world is easy.
From arguing the best rod
and reel combos to how
to appropriately cook any
number of fish species,
finding a fellow angler with
whom you can agree to disagree has
never been simpler. But a quick search
through one of the web's many angling
forums will reveal one debate that has
raged on as long as any other – what
game fish fights the hardest?
A fish's biologic makeup, especially
body shape, and genetics have a lot
to do with how hard a fish fights. No
one knows this better than Nebraska
Game and Parks Commission fisheries
biologist Daryl Bauer, recipient of
126 Nebraska Master Angler awards
covering 16 species of fish.
Bauer uses his biology background
to his advantage when catching any
number of fish species throughout
the state, and has some interesting
information to share about why certain
fish fight the way they do.
"Catfish are bulldogs," said Bauer.
"When they start shaking that head back
and forth, you're in for a fight." As a
river species, a catfish is known for
its extreme endurance and prolonged
Pound for Pound
Fighting Nebraska's Fish
Text and photos by Jeff Kurrus
Daryl Bauer, Nebraska Game and Parks
Commission biologist, has caught 126
Master Angler fish, receiving his fair
share of experience landing this state's
trophy fish species.
LARGEMOUTH BASS are one of Nebraska's most popular
sportfish, even though other fish, pound for pound, are better fighters.