Maiden voyage of a tin boat by Dave Spendiff

Two weeks ago I bought a used 10′ Jon boat to use in the lagoons near the house to fish for white perch. It was in “like new” condition, but with only a wheel system on the transom for pushing it around. I put a mount on the bow for a trolling motor, cleats, seats, and electrical wire for the trolling motor.
This morning I put it in the lagoon for a test run, brought my net and rods, and headed West. On the first cast, I felt a few light bumps and assumed I was coming through a school of bunker. Next cast caught a small white perch – BINGO! I then downsized my jig and hooked what felt like a bigger fish. Got off!
Next cast caught the pictured fish, a 13.5″ white perch. All was dead after that!! I headed back to my dock, measured the fish, and released it to catch again!

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