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Simple Pleasure Captures Record Fish

by: pickyfishy
Ohio’s state-record yellow perch landed on St. Croix Triumph ultra-light

– Sit back, relax and pop the top of a cold one while you read this. Go ahead, we’ll wait...


Now can you identify with the laidback method it sometimes takes to catch a state-record fish... And that’s exactly the technique David Berg was employing April 18, 2016, while casting from shore with one of his many St. Croix rods. His catch near the high noon mark? A 2-pound 14-ounce yellow perch from Lake Erie; which is now being considered Ohio’s largest ever landed on hook and line. The potbellied fish was 15.73 inches long, and had a girth of 13.5 inches.

Berg’s system for catching fish from the pier head at HTP Rack and Marina in Fairport Harbor is simple: A perch rig, its Aberdeen hooks tipped with a lively emerald shiner, cast out into 8 to 12 feet of water off the lakeside from the gas dock. From there it’s set the rod against the jetty and chill — in this case a 5-foot ultra-light-power moderate-action Triumph spinning rod, with reel fill with Spiderwire line. And then you just sit back and pop a cold one while waiting for a hit.
mallmouth bass and catfish are what he and his brother, Fred, usually catch here. Oh, and the occasional sheepshead, which was the only fish caught up until the record-setter. Perch are more the rarity.

When Berg first saw the fat fish rolling just under the surface, his guess was a nice smallie on the end of his line. But once the fish was safely in the net, he knew the perch was large enough to at least capture a “Fish Ohio” award – a program recognizing those who land big fish in the state. But then the more he thought about it, he realized the fish might just be bigger than the previous record of 2.75-pounds and 14 1/2 inches set in April 17, 1984, by Charles Thomas – nearly to the day. And he was right.

“I’ve been using St. Croix rods for years now, and preaching to friends and family that they should, too,” stated the 46-year-old Mentor, Ohio, resident. “The quality and workmanship of their rods is topnotch and their warranty service is outstanding.”

Berg plans on getting the fish mounted once it is officially in the record books.
Retailing for under $100, St. Croix’s Triumph series is packed with technology and features, including: premium-quality SCII graphite; outstanding strength, sensitivity and hook-setting power; finely tuned actions and tapers for superior performance; hard aluminum-oxide guides with black frames; Fuji® DPS reel seat/ frosted silver hoods on spinning models; Fuji® ECS or TCS reel seat/ frosted silver hood on casting models; premium-grade cork handle; two coats of Flex Coat slow-cure finish; 5-year warranty backed by St. Croix Superstar Service.
About St. Croix Rod
St. Croix Rod is a family-owned and managed manufacturer of high-performance fishing rods headquartered in Park Falls, Wisconsin with a 65-year heritage of USA manufacturing. Utilizing proprietary technologies, St. Croix controls every step of the rod-making process, from conception and design to manufacturing and inspection, in two company-owned facilities. The company offers a complete line of premium, American-made fly, spinning and casting rods under their Legend Elite®, Legend® Xtreme, Legend Tournament®, Avid Series®, Premier®, Wild River®, Tidemaster®, Imperial® and other trademarks through a global distribution network of full-service fishing tackle dealers. The company’s mid-priced Triumph®, Mojo Bass/Musky/Inshore/Surf, Eyecon® and Rio Santo series rods are designed and engineered in Park Falls, Wisconsin and built in a new, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Fresnillo, Mexico. Founded in 1948 to manufacture jointed bamboo fishing poles for a Minneapolis hardware store chain, St. Croix has grown to become the largest manufacturer of fishing rods in North America.

Added: Thu May 19 2016
Last Modified: Sun Jun 05 2016

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