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Hurricane man makes record catch

Jan. 09, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HURRICANE -- The new state weight record for yellow perch now belongs to Joshua Wayne Estes of Hurricane, according to Frank Jezioro, director of the Division of Natural Resources.

Estes caught the 14.5-inch, 1.93-pound fish at Summersville Lake in Nicholas County on Dec. 1, 2012, using a live chub for bait.

His catch establishes a new West Virginia record for weight. The previous weight record for yellow perch was 1.83 pounds, caught by Charles Mayle at Tygart Lake in Taylor County in 1985. The length record for yellow perch of 15.44 inches still stands and was caught by Craig Hollandsworth at Summersville Lake in 2010. For more information about record-setting catches, visit www.wvdnr.gov.