If you are looking for a white perch, they don’t get much bigger than this.
Four times now, Wachusett Reservoir has produced a record fish. Now, happily for Val Percuoco, her new white perch record has been added to the list. Landing in history behind the state’s top brown trout, rainbow trout, smallmouth bass and landlocked salmon, this new white perch sure is a dandy.
This new state record was caught by Percuoco on a nightcrawler while fishing with her father. Both anglers are adamant catch and release fishermen, but it’s was her father’s idea to weigh it before letting it go. It was at that time they both realized the true size of their catch.
A short time later, the fish was confirmed on certified scales and officially claimed the new top spot. Measuring out to 18.5 inches long, 13.5 inches around, and three pounds, eight ounces of total weight, it’s easy to see this was one big fish. Luckily, according to the report, it beat the old record by three ounces.
Unsurprisingly, Percuoco plans to have her state record white perch mounted and put on full display.
Congrats Val! That is one incredible fish!