During one of my most memorable days on the water I was fishing with Kerry Keane of Gering on Box Butte Reservoir. It was at least a decade ago, maybe more, about this time of year.

The weather was a bit chilly. We were bundled up but catching fish on spinnerbaits — a lot of fish, in fact, including a couple of pike over 30 inches long. At one point I asked Kerry how many he supposed we’d caught. He’s a fishing guide for much of the year and always kept a counter handy. Although we were releasing everything we caught, he’d been keeping track. He checked and gave me an exact number, which I recall was somewhere around 65 or 70.

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