“It was the buffalo, the redhorses, the native suckers that most people think of as carp, that really triggered my interest in nongame fish. They were challenging and fun to catch. So, I started fishing for suckers, then added in bowfin and gar, and went from there.
“The more I looked into nongame fish, the more it opened the world of native species.”
Farquhar has since learned to identify members of the perch family, officially called Percidae, which includes native darters, from the “im-perch-inators,” and is now just as interested in tying a tiny barbless hook to a line on a collapsible rod as he is in breaking out the larger tackle. This growing trend of catching small fish is known as microfishing.
When the smallest of species are on his fishing agenda, Farquhar heads to the water, visually searches for fish, drops the hook near the fish, and waits to see if the fish will bite.
If a new species takes the bait, Farquhar later adds the details to his fishing life list.