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For Immediate Release
Lee Walker, Outreach Director,, 804-921-6121

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White Perch Certified as New State Record And May Be Considered For a Possible World Record

Richmond, VA - The State Record Fish Committee of the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) has confirmed a new state record white perch caught by Beau McLaughlin of Virginia Beach. The committee members reviewed the application, verified the location of the catch as well as the species, weight, length, and girth of the fish. McLaughlin caught his gigantic 3 pound, 2 ounce fish on June 13th in a private pond in the Virginia Beach area. What started off as an average day of bass fishing, using live minnows, turned into the catch of his life when the big perch hit. The fish was 17.75 inches long and had a girth of 13.25 inches. McLaughlin's catch easily surpassed the existing record, set in 1995, of 2 pounds, 8 ounces.

The International Game Fish Association (IGFA) will review and possibly consider official certification of the trophy white perch as a potential new world record. If certified by the IGFA, McLaughlin's white perch will exceed the previous world record by one ounce, which was set by Edward Tango from New Jersey on May 6, 1989.

For a complete list of the current State Record Freshwater Fish, visit the Department's web site at


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