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Philly Man Takes Record White Perch
July 8, 2008
Harrisburg, PA – A white perch (Morone Americana) caught in the Delaware River has been named by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) as the new state record for the species.

James Clark was fishing for striped bass and white perch under the Commodore Barry Bridge in Chester around 5 p.m. on April 13 when he hooked the record fish. The catch measured 12.5 inches and weighed 1 pound, 12 ounces.

Record white perchThe weight of the fish surpassed the previous record by five ounces. The catch broke the record of 1 pound, 7 ounces, held by Bangor angler Kevin Nelson Strunk since 1991. Strunk caught his fish in Minsi Lake, Northampton County.

Pennsylvania certifies state records based on total body weight. Potential record fish must exceed the established mark by at least one ounce, as weighed on a certified scale. To be considered for state record certification, a fish must be caught using legal means, in season, from Pennsylvania waters open to the public without charge or fee. Fish taken from farm ponds, fee-fishing lakes, ponds or streams or in waters restricted to use by club members or their guests do not qualify. A biologist or Waterways Conservation Officer from the Commission must examine the fish. The PFBC is the only entity that can certify an official state record fish in the Commonwealth.

More information on white perch can be found at

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