AUGUSTA – A Wilton man has set a new state white perch record, eclipsing the previous record-setting white perch caught in December 2008.
Chris Bubier of Wilton caught a 3.13-pound (or 3 pounds, 2 ounces), 17-1/4-long white perch on Jan. 24 at Parker Pond in Jay. The pond also is known as Mirror Lake or Little Parker Pond.
Mr. Bubier had the white perch weighed on certified scales at Rick’s Market in Wilton. Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Fisheries Biologist Dave Boucher confirmed the record-setting weight.
The previous record was set by Jeff Paquette of Freedom, who caught a 3.02-pound white perch (or 3 pounds, 1/3 ounce) at 7:15 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 19, 2008, at Ellis Pond in Brooks. Mr. Paquette’s fish was weighed on certified scales at 8:30 a.m. by Paul Flynn, the owner of Freedom General Store, and was witnessed by three people.
According to Biologist Boucher, it’s unusual for two record-setting fish to be caught in such a short period of time.
“When Chris caught the fish, he didn’t think much about it,” Boucher said. “But when he read about the record he said that he thought his fish would beat it and decided to call me and check. It did.”
IF&W and the Maine Sportsman newspaper, which is edited by avid outdoorsman and TV personality Harry Vanderweide, jointly announce new records and the publication maintains the record book.
The Maine Sportsman sponsors “The One That Didn’t Get Away Club,” which it boasts as “an association of fresh water anglers who have landed a big one in Maine.” Anglers who have caught what they believe may be the biggest of any fish species during a calendar year may fill out an application and be entered into a contest. There is a $5 application fee and winners receive a patch.
For contest rules and an application form, visit www.mainesportsman.com, scroll down and click on “applications.”
Posted by Tom Remington