Fish of the Week 5-07-08

I have a problem. It’s a good problem. (At least my connection problems were solved by lunchtime and I am able to post this.)

Fish of the Week for today was selected from at least four or five candidates just as worthy. But I went with one of the mythical 16-inch perch on Lake Michigan.

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My problem is what do I do with the other great offerings for FOTW.

John Andresen and his girlfriend Reneda Jennings were fishing at Gary Light on April 27 when they caught this 16.25-inch yellow perch, one of the mythical fish on Lake Michigan.

I went with it over monster 8-pound largemouth bass, some big catfish and a saltwater offering.

Here’s my problem: ever since I started posting FOTW photos a couple weeks ago, I’ve been swamped with quality entries.

So what do I with the others? Sometimes I end up using them in another forum than FOTW. But these are quality fish-of-a-lifetime photos. What do I do with what is just a sick photo of a pig largemouth from Mazonia lakes?

If you have suggestions, please let me know. FYI, I am not inclined to do Fish of the Day. That kind of defeats the purpose of FOTW, but maybe I can add Fishy Monday (most entries come after the weekend).

If you have a suggestion, let me know at outdoordb@sbcglobal.net.

Here’s John’s tale of a special day on Lake Michigan, the huge perch was a tangential catch. I made some changes for easier reading.

My name is John Andresen and my girlfriend’s name is Reneda Jennings. On April 27, 2008 we were fishing on Lake Michigan by Gary Lighthouse. We caught 11 smallmouth between 3lb to 4 1/2 pounds and three perch. One of the perch was 16 1/4′ long. It weighed 2lb on my digital scale. When I cleaned the perch it had no eggs inside. I can’t imagine what it would have weighed full of eggs. . . . I never have seen a perch that big. I probably should have got it mounted for her. . . . but, we ate it instead. We were using golden roaches for baits. We live in Portage, Indiana.

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