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NEBRASKAland May 2014

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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. Channel/Flathead Catfish "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 battles. Pound for Pound Fighting Nebraska's Fish Text and photos by Jeff Kurrus o th F a to n fi whom you J 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.

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