The Lake Erie perch record has finally been broken. The record stood for 32 years, but it succumbed to an even fatter fish dripping with eggs.
Dave Berg of Mentor, Ohio was fishing from the Ohio shoreline when he broke the perch record for the state. Berg was fishing not too far from the mouth of the Grand River, northeast of Cleveland when he hooked the fatty from a marina shore.
He caught the fish last April and brought it into Harbor Bait & Tackle on the Grand River in Painesville to be documented.
Harbor Bait & Tackle owner Don Moore was there to certify the big perch. “We had to be very careful with the perch because it had begun to drip a few eggs,” he said. “We put it on my scale, then had the scale certified by the county auditor’s office. The scale was right on the mark, all the way to 30 pounds.”
The fish weighed in at 2.9 pounds (2 pounds, 14 ounces) and measured out at 15.75 inches. It topped the old record of a 2.75-pound, 14.5-inch yellow perch caught in 1984 by Charles Thomas. Thomas’ fish was caught on the other side of Cleveland in the city of Lorain.
“We’ve got Dave Berg’s fish in our freezer,” said Moore. “We’ve done all of the paperwork with the Outdoor Writers of Ohio to have it certified as an Ohio record.”
Berg’s yellow perch breaks all of the IGFA line class marks, but it’s still a long ways away from the IGFA all tackle world record perch that weighed 4 pounds, 3 ounces and was caught in 1865 by Dr. C. Abbot in Bordentown, New Jersey.
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