Pennsylvania fisherman catches yellow perch that’s comparable to the state record

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A phone call from a fishing buddy helped a Pennsylvania angler realize he shouldn’t filet the trophy fish he just caught.

Chuck Main, 55, of Beaver County caught a yellow perch April 7 that rivals the Pennsylvania state record.

Main of Ellwood City was fishing for perch on Presque Isle Bay in Erie when he caught an unusually heavy yellow perch. He’s an avid bass angler and knew people were having success fishing for perch.

He was on his bass boat with his friend, Mike Hobrat, and they were catching a few perch using a VMC Moon Eye Jig with a Strike King Rage Tail Swimmer. He soon hooked into a large one that got off before he was able to land it.

“My buddy said that’s the largest perch I’ve ever seen,” he said.

Later on he hooked into another similarly large fish and they safely netted it and put it in his boat’s live well with other fish.

“All of the ones we were catching pretty big, but not mega giants like this one,” he said.

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