Bal­ti­more man sets state record for non-tidal white perch

Record Observer - - SPORTS -

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.

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