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Posted on March 5, 2012 | Permalink

CCA Yellow Perch Appreciation Days – 2012

Type: Tidal
Region:
Location: North East

The North East Chapter of CCA hosted the 3rd Annual Yellow Perch Appreciation Day on March 3rd 2012 at North East Park. The forecasted rain held off for the day and by the time the event was over the sun was shinning bright.

A total of 111 anglers from MD, PA, and DE registered for the event. With the previous warm weather the yellow perch had already moved out of the area and only 15 yellow perch were weighed in for the day. Monetary prizes were awarded to the top five “single” heaviest fish. The prize money was double for current CCA Members. The top prize of $500 was awarded to Cole Herr, age 16, of Chestertown, MD. Cole’s yellow perch weighed 1 lb 3.8 oz (see picture below).

The other top winners were:
2nd place – 1 lb 1.0 oz – Brandon Seabrease of Street, MD
3rd place – 1 lb – Mark Astfalk of Elkton, MD
4th place – 14.4 oz – Eric Braley of North East
5th place – 13.2 oz – Thomas Riccio of North East, MD

Each year, MD DNR Fisheries Service partners with various groups like CCA to promote the Youth Component of the Maryland Fishing Challenge featuring Diamond Jim by selecting one youth angler from 20 statewide events. The lucky youth selected to move on to the finale' which will be held in conjunction with the Maryland Seafood Festival on September 8, 2012 at Sandy Point Park was Lennie Benson, age 11, of East Earl PA (see photo below). Lennie will be in a special drawing for youth for one of the many fishing trips donated by our partners

Tags: Yellow Perch, Maryland Fishing Challenge Youth Component