Baltimore man sets state record for non-tidal white perch
George Venker, of Baltimore, caught a white perch weighing 1.9 pounds and measuring 14.75 inches at Loch Raven Reservoir in Baltimore County on April 7. His catch is a new white perch record in Maryland for non-tidal fishing.
Venker, a retired Bethlehem Steel worker, said he fishes at the reservoir regularly and used a bottom rig and a nightcrawler to bring in his record catch.
“At first I thought it was a catfish,” Venker said. “I’m really proud. I’m going back to see if I can catch an even bigger one.”
Venker’s catch broke the previous record of 1.6 pounds held by James Stiars of Bel Air since August 2016.
Venker’s perch was weighed on a certified scale at seafood wholesaler Mr. Fish Inc. in Baltimore. DNR biologist Erik Zlokovitz officially confirmed the species.
The DNR maintains state records for sport fish in four divisions — Atlantic, Chesapeake, Non-Tidal, and Invasive — and awards plaques to anglers who achieve record catches. Fish caught from privatelyowned, fee-fishing waters are not eligible for record consideration.
Anglers reporting a potential record catch should call 443-569-1381 or 410260-8325. The fish should be immersed in ice water to preserve its weight until it can be checked, confirmed, and certified.
*** Whiting wins Badewitz
Open Talbot Rod & Gun Club member Alan Whiting, of Preston, won the high overall title, breaking 199 of 200 clays, to win the Virginia Badewitz Open at the club on April 9. Fiftyfive shooters participated in the sanctioned National Skeet Shooting Association two-gauge event.
Whiting also won the 20-gauge competition, busting 100 straight. Per a long standing custom among skeet shooters, because it was his first 100 straight, his hat was summarily shot to pieces.
The 12-gauge event was won by Mike Stasio, of Wilmington, Delaware, who via a shoot-off.
The Talbot Rod and Gun Club is located on Chapel Road in Easton and is open on Wednesdays and weekends. The phone number is 410-822-4442.
*** Fishing report Chesapeake Bay anglers opened up the spring trophy striped bass season Saturday with many catching their limit of one striper at least 35 inches in length. The fishing should only
Chesapeake College center fielder Cat Ramagnano (Severna Park High School) blasts a three-run home run Saturday, April 8, against Hagerstown Community College. Ramagnano hit two three-run home runs on the day.
Alan Whiting, of Preston won HOA (199/200) at the Virginia Badewitz Open on April 9. With the trophy is Talbot Rod & Gun Club president Joe Capozzoli.