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Catch and Release Works! Big Time!

Many times I have shared how catch & release can make fishing better, for everyone.  The fact is catch & release is an important part of sportfishing today.  In some cases that catch & release will be required by regulation, in other cases more and more anglers are choosing to voluntarily release fish, big fish especially.

I have noted how big fish can be released and “recycled”, caught again, Fish Recycling.  Here is another example that caught my eye this winter.  I found it here on FaceBook.  Read the first part of the story, look at the smiles on those kid’s faces!  That family has a story they will never forget!


Then if you scroll down, you will see there is more to the story. . . .


Take a closer look at the picture.  No doubt it is the same fish.  The upper portion of the caudal, tail, fin is very distinctive.

Photo from FaceBook.

Think about that!  A very respectable 46-inch muskie was caught and RELEASED in 2011.  Five years later the exact same fish is caught by another angler and his young family!  In that amount of time the fish had grown another 3 inches in length and likely a lot more than that in girth and weight.

Upon the second capture it was released again!  Yes, it may have been required by rule to be released when it was caught through the ice that second time, but the fact is it was released again!

Wonder who will catch it next and what stories it will continue to produce?!

What an unselfish and profitable act carried out by a couple of anglers?!  WELL DONE!

Game fish are too valuable to be caught only once–Lee Wulff


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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