A whopper that did not get away
A BRIDGETOWN boy has landed a near record-breaking catch.
Oliver Holdsworth, 5, unexpectedly bagged the whopper when he went down to a local fishing spot off Gifford Road, his mother Amanda Zera said.
“Oliver and his dad went down to the shire dam and Oliver threw his little line in because they catch little ones there all the time,” she said.
While her family thought it might be a redfin, Recfish West development officer Matthew Gillett on Friday identified the fish as a silver perch.
The silver perch is native to eastern Australia and Oliver’s 4.2kg specimen was an “excellent catch”, Mr Gillett said.
The Australian Anglers Association online database, last updated in 2014, says the biggest silver perch on record was caught in 2009 in NSW and weighed 4.25kg.
Oliver’s fish put up quite a fight before it was landed, Ms Zera said.
“The funny thing was, as Oliver was trying to wind it in, he was getting dragged in because it was such a big fish and it was such a little rod.”
The fish, which measured 60cm long, is now in her freezer.
“We might throw it on the barbecue in summer,” she said.
Mr Gillett said silver perch were found in farm dams through the South West but not in public waterways.
“In years to come we hope to be able to stock these types of native fish in public water bodies to provide increased fishing opportunities for WA fishers.”
Oliver Holdsworth, 5, holds the silver perch he caught last month month.