12-Year-Old in Idaho Takes World Record Perch Title From Massachusetts

Tia Wiese’s world record perch measured 15.5 inches long, with a 12.75-inch girth.
Tia Wiese’s world record perch measured 15.5 inches long, with a 12.75-inch girth.

In March of 2005, Massachusetts angler and regular On The Water contributor Roy Leyva set the ice-fishing world record for a yellow perch caught on a tip-up: 2 pounds, 6 ounces, caught on Massachusetts’ Sheep Pond.  That benchmark stood until 2014, when it was toppled by a hard-core ice-fisherman from Idaho — 12-year-old Tia Wiese.

Tia’s humongous, 2-pound, 11.68-ounce yellow perch broke the Idaho state record and shattered the ice-fishing world record for a fish caught on a tip-up, a category recognized by the National Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame.

Leyva is big proponent of getting kids into fishing and has worked as project director and lead instructor for The Fishing Academy, a non-profit organization geared to take kids off the streets and into the outdoors by teaching them how to fish. On his Facebook page, he offered his congratulations to Tia: “So glad it was a 12-year-old girl who broke my world record. Fishing might not be the answer to fixing what the next generation will have deal with, but it’s a start! Good for her! Glad to pass the torch!”

Roy Leyva held the ice-fishing world record for yellow perch with this fish, caught on Sheeps Pond in Massachusetts.
In 2005, Roy Leyva claimed the ice-fishing world record for yellow perch with this fish, caught on Sheeps Pond in Massachusetts.

 

 

11 on “12-Year-Old in Idaho Takes World Record Perch Title From Massachusetts

  1. Jeff Jordan

    Way to go!! Nothing greater than seeing that fish, except for that smile on her face. Great Job!!

  2. Jesse

    Just yesterday I caught a 13.5in. yellow perch fishing in the St.Lawrece river ..NNY…..On a tip up…5″ ice

  3. Jared

    Can be a world record Michigans state record perch is 21 inches and over 3.5 lbs

  4. Trevor Bosanic

    Michigan’s is way bigger it was caught near Marquette in Lake Independence

  5. Steven Hanagan

    Can’t really be the record in MA, my dad set it on record in 1984 in Ashland at 3lbs 2oz. Still have the award and pic. They are rectifying it as we speak

  6. bob behling

    what equipment was used to weigh the world record yellow perch caught in 1895?

    1. Scott

      Jersey still holds the world record. We used to get them three pounds sometimes in some of the lakes.

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