The White Perch Have Come Home by Dave Spendiff

After returning home from our daughter’s home on Friday, April 8th, where my wife and I had been staying for two weeks while our heating and hot water system was being repaired, I did the two most important things; first – unpack, and second – fish off of my dock.

Two hours of casting resulted in eight fish caught, the largest a 14″, fat female. On Saturday, Ed and I caught more than 12 fish the largest being 14″ in a couple of hours. Last night my wife and I enjoyed fish tacos – thanks white perch!

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