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It’s a Fish Eat Bird World

Fish and fishing are my thing, that is what I blog about most of the time.  The life and interactions between predator and prey that occurs below the surface fascinates me, and understanding those interactions are an important key to finding and catching fish.  A few weeks ago I shared a video where brown trout were jumping out of the water to eat damselflies ( Damselflies ).  Well, now I want to kick that up a notch, watch this, watch closely:

Here is the story that goes with that amazing footage, African tigerfish catches swallow in flight.

HOLY COW, that is so cool!  Right now I am betting some of you are really glad none of those tigerfish swim in Nebraska waters.  I am trying to figure out how to fly a drone with an artificial swallow lure swinging below so I can skim that bait just above the surface and catch a tigerfish!  That gives topwater fishing a whole ‘nother meaning!

No, that has absolutely nothing to do with fish or fishing in Nebraska.  However, I have heard stories from my Gramps about baby birds falling from nests into a Nebraska pond and largemouth bass slurping them off the surface.  And although I have not seen it, my Uncle has watched sandhill lake northern pike jump out of the water to snatch red-winged blackbirds from bulrush or wild rice stalks.  Many stories and even some video footage exist of northern pike or muskellunge snatching poor, little, cute baby ducks from the surface.  All of those are examples of some of the amazing demonstrations of life we can observe, and in some cases even be a part of, if you just get out there and spend some time on the water.  It also reminds us that many of those big fish we like to catch are top-of-the-food-chain, apex predators and they just might try to eat anything that they can fit inside their mouths.

Keep your fingers and toes out of the water!DSCN4407

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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