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Here are a couple of shots of an amazing yellow perch I caught and released today from a small, public lake in southern PA. The fish took a live earthworm fished on the bottom w/ a # 12 hook while, you guessed it, fishing for bluegills.

The perch was 15 3/4 inches long with a 12 1/2 girth. Didn't weigh the fish, but I think it was an old male or perhaps a post spawn female. In Fisherman perch charts would put this fish somewhere between 2-2 and 2-10. Interestingly, this is the first perch I have ever taken from this public water that has yielded numerous 10 in plus gills for us.

Let's here it for them worms! Jeff Soto...is there a 15 3/4 in replica out there? Tis fish almost looks like a small peacock bass!

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Comment by Jim Watts on July 31, 2009 at 3:59pm
OH SWEET TUNA-PERCH!!!
Comment by Rob Garner on July 13, 2009 at 8:58am
Real nice perch, Jim.It's amazing how the color changes on those perch from the big water of Lake Michigan to an inland lake.They still have that nice yellow belly on them even the Bigg uns like in the pic here.I only wish the great perch fishing here lasted longer than a month and a half. I will have to get some kind of soft tape measure so I can take measurements on some of the beasts I catch out of Lake Michigan I never really check the girth.I only wonder what the girth was on my recent 14" looks fatter than this one but pics are deceiving and this guy is a full 1 and 3/4 longer. Haven't bought an In-Fisherman in a while.Will have to get another copy.
Comment by jonathon ratzlaff on May 28, 2009 at 6:31pm
that's funny i was just about to criticize you for calling a peacock than i saw the head. i have only caught two perch while trout fishing in Colorado and one was albino, and yes it was a perch we had a game warden look at it.
Comment by Kiana Fitzpatrick on May 16, 2009 at 5:06pm
Nice perch.....I haven't caught one since I was young fishing in MI....they say there are some here in TN, but I have yet to catch one....
Comment by IceWarriorGill on May 16, 2009 at 4:10pm
Hey Jim, that is a true PERCH-ZILLA!!!!!! What an amazing and beautiful monster giant Perch!!!! Way to go on an amazing catch (that fish should win you the In-Fisherman C&R Perch Category for 2009 for your region)!!! Congrats again and way to go!!!!
Comment by Brian Snodgrass on May 14, 2009 at 10:18am
Awesome fish! I have never caught a perch that is even close to that size! Would love to catch some of that size!

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