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I guess I am getting old.  I have to admit that I am not up on my pop culture nor urban slang.  Being a native Nebraskan you better believe I am very much interested in college football and especially Nebraska football, and I do know that if you follow sports, if you ever flip the channel over to “SportsCenter”, you know what stories have dominated the sports news lately.  In all of that reporting and “journalism”, I am somewhat confused and offended by the use of the word “catfish”?????  Apparently, I am too old to completely understand all of the story behind the use of “catfish” as slang in our modern vocabulary?

I am offended by it because the catfish I know are some of the biggest and most interesting fish that swim in Nebraska waters!  There ain’t nothing deceptive or false about the catfish I know, in fact some of them are as honest and blunt as a linebacker(?), and are some of our biggest, baddest predator fish.  I have never met a catfish on the internet, but I have encountered a number of them “on-line”.  I have personally shaken hands, fins, actually touched, several of them, and then happily sent them on their way.  Never met one that I did not like; may have had a few bust a line or throw a hook, but other than that, none of them ever did me wrong.  Come to think of it, none of them would have been considered “super models” but I think they’re purdy!

So, “Catfish” this:

P.S.  None of the fish displayed in this blog post were imaginary.

About daryl bauer

Daryl is a lifelong resident of Nebraska (except for a couple of years spent going to graduate school in South Dakota). He has been employed as a fisheries biologist for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission for 25 years, and his current tour of duty is as the fisheries outreach program manager. Daryl loves to share his educational knowledge and is an avid multi-species angler. He holds more than 120 Nebraska Master Angler Awards for 14 different species and holds more than 30 In-Fisherman Master Angler Awards for eight different species. He loves to talk fishing and answer questions about fishing in Nebraska, be sure to check out his blog at outdoornebraska.org.

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