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Maryland White Perch Record Broken by 10-Year-Old Boy

Photo by Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Maryland has a new record for white perch – and it was set by a 10-year-old boy!

For ten-year-old Berlin resident Ryan Timmons, July 30 will be a day he won’t soon forget. While fishing Ayers Creek in Worcester County, this fishing enthusiast hooked into a white perch which would prove to be a new state record.

“I was fishing from a boat with my stepdad and sister, casting a white Twister Tail jig into the shadows of fallen trees along the bank of the creek, when the fish took the bait, and I knew it was big,” Timmons said.

The 14.5 inch fish was weighed on a certified scale at the Martin Fish Market in Ocean City. It surpassed the previous record by .45 pounds, weighing in at 1.65 pounds. The fallen record was also caught in Ayers Creek and only a year earlier.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources confirmed the new record on August 9. It falls under the Atlantic Division for the state.

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Maryland White Perch Record Broken by 10-Year-Old Boy