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The Look

Been a busy week, one in which I was out of the office most of the time!  I helped with our walleye egg collections, worked late nights most of the week catching the female walleyes from which eggs were collected.  We handled hundreds of fish, mostly walleyes, but during the week I handled a few muskies too.

There is just something about big predator fish, something awesome about them.  Every time I see one, every time I get my hands on one I just stare at them, just look.  One of my fellow fisheries biologists and I were ogling one muskie in a livewell tank and he reminded me of a Robert Ruark quote that was particularly fitting:  The author made the quote in reference to Cape Buffalo, the most dangerous game animal in Africa; he said “A buffalo looks at you like you owe him money”.

A muskie has that same look.


Once I got home and back to my e-mails, I had a message from one of my fly-fishing acquaintances, one who is a very good stick, and takes tremendous photos.  He included a recent photo with his e-mail, it was not a photo of a Cape Buffalo or a muskie, but it was of another top-of-the-food chain, apex predator. . . .

Larry Dostal photo, Thanks, Larry!

Perfect!  I think Larry owed that pike money!

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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