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Happy Mother’s Day 2015

Sunday is Mother’s Day.  What mother does not like baby ducks?

Photo from Wikipedia.

Oh, my grandmothers liked baby ducks as much as the next mother, but my grandmother’s also were pike fisherwomen.  They liked catching big, bad, baby duck-eating pike!

Grandma Bauer
Grandma Roth

Grandma Roth even got a Master Angler Award for that fish.  I have the award here on the book shelf in my office.


Mom got in on the pike-catching too.  I am guessing this pike ate little baby ducks.

Grandma Roth and my Mom

I have posted flowers and purdy pictures for Mother’s Day the past couple of years. . . had to go a little bit warped this year.  In honor of my grandmothers and mom, another one of my favorite demonstrations of predator/prey in action:

I have some memories of fishing with my grandmothers.  I remember rushing over to see a white bass that Grandma Roth caught at Merritt one time.  I got tangled in her fishing line and got a bit of a tongue-lashing for that (even then if someone had a fish, I had to see it!).  Grandma Roth made the best homemade maple logs.

I can remember camping and fishing with Grandma Bauer on the shores of Lake McConaughy.  I can remember sitting there and listening to Grandma sing, “Fishy, fishy in the brook.  Come and bite on Daryl’s hook”.  Sometimes during one of those stretches when I cannot seem to catch a fish, I remember that song and recite it (now you know my real “secret” to catching fish).

Remember lots of times spent fishing with my mom too.  Even ice fishing.


I miss my grandmothers, would love to be able to fish with them again.  Grandma Roth would probably tell me what she thinks of my posting a video of pike and muskies eating baby ducks.  Grandma Bauer would probably just shake her head.

Do not know what you are planning this weekend, but hopefully it includes spending time with your mother, grandmothers.  If you can, get them outdoors and do something together, maybe even fish for pike!  Whatever it is, I am sure it will be time well spent.

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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