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Taking Trophy Angling to the Bank

I do not own a boat, that is unless you want to count my float tube or “belly boat”.  Yes, I have a life-long dream of owning a boat, but I figured out a long time ago that a person can catch a lot of fish, and a lot of really big fish, from Nebraska waters without a boat.  I have even suggested in the past that in some fishing situations I can flat out out-fish boat anglers (The View from Inside a Pair of Waders). So, it distresses me a bit when I listen to folks ask questions or discuss fishing knowing from what they are asking or saying that they assume they have to have a boat to catch fish, catch a lot of fish or catch big fish.  BALONEY!

The main advantage to owning a boat is the ability to be mobile and cover more water.  If you realize that and try to be as mobile as possible, you can achieve the same results without a boat.  In fact, I will always tell you that the best tool any angler has for catching fish is the one between his or her ears.  If you do not own a boat, you might have to learn to fish smarter than those who do.

One thing I love about my job is that I get to meet a lot of Nebraska anglers.  I have had the opportunity to meet what I consider to be some of the state’s best anglers, have had the opportunity to fish with a number of them.  I will tell you that some of the best sticks in the state do not own boats!  Recently, I found a story on the internet from one of those Nebraska anglers.  He outlines a bunch of other strategies that any boat-less angler can use to catch more and bigger fish.  Here it is, you need to read this even if you do own a boat!  Thanks Bruce!

Taking Trophy Angling to the Bank




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.


  1. Daryl,

    Quint didn’t need a bigger boat in “Jaws”, he needed a pair of waders, heck that fish was in shallow a couple times early with hardly any wind! Swimbaits on an east wind? Bikini or Labrador? Sorry I couldn’t resist.

  2. stick to your job stop bragging yourself up their are other people out their that know just as much as you and have less of an ego to boot!!

    • I thought I was doing my job–helping folks figure out how to enjoy their fishing even more by catching more fish! The article I linked to, the subject and title of this particular blog post, was not written by me. I do know the author, have fished with him, and he flat out knows what he is talking about! You can listen to us or not, take it or leave it.

      Daryl B.

  3. ” In fact, I will always tell you that the best tool any angler has for catching fish is the one between his or her ears.”

    Very true, Daryl!

    I wish you share this wisdom to my best friend X who even lost sight of his own bobber! :p

    SAM from Japan

    • SAM,

      Don’t worry, “X” and I are still sharing wisdom! Am often reminded of wisdom we receive from one of our buddies who happens to reside in Japan now too!

      LOVE seeing the pictures of your son catching fish. Love knowing that you are passing it on!

      Stay in touch,

      Daryl B.

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