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    Default You know you're really retired when...

    you lose track of which day of the week it is.

    I was telling that very thing to my neighbor who retired last week after a lengthy career in the energy industry. By the way, he recently bought a kayak and wants to join the OGWLF. I told him our standards are pretty low and if his reputation can sustain the hit, he is more than welcome to become a member. I expect he'll join us on the water soon.

    But here's the point of my post. I thought today was tomorrow. On Wednesday, I am meeting On-the-fly (Harry) at Jonas Green between 0630 and 0700. So I headed down there at 0630 today and only when I was turning left at the light at the base of the USNA Bridge did I realize that today is Tuesday!

    Not being a person to let an opportunity go to waste, I decided to unload and go out by myself. Besides, it's rare to see the Severn this calm this summer:

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    I trolled a 3 inch paddletail and a bucktail, both 1/2 oz. north to the Route 50 Bridge. Each got hit about a third of the way to the bridge in 25 feet of water. But the stripers were only 12 and 14 inches.

    Bait was busting the surface in many places and it was thick underneath too:

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    As I pedaled toward the bridge, the shoreline structure of Severn kept whispering to me, as it often does when I troll. Before long, I heeded the call and headed toward shore:

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    I put away the trolling gear and picked up a perch rod and quickly nailed 6 white perch along the above wall.

    It was then that I invented "The Perch Game".

    Here were the rules:

    1. Catch 50 perch. Fifty is a "nice round number", to quote Cool Hand Luke.

    2. Use only one lure.

    3. Catch no more than 12 perch in any one area.

    4. Visit no more than 5 areas.

    5. Stay on the east bank of the Severn.

    So I began the game and reached 12 pretty fast along the wall. I got some dinks, but most were nice 10 inchers like these:

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    By the time I moved to area number 5, Winchester Pond, I had 39 perch. Winchester was the charm. Here's number 50:

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    I caught it 2 hours and 20 minutes into the game.

    Of course, I couldn't stop there. I left Winchester and worked the wall again for 11 more. Here's number 54, my largest of the day:

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    And here's my 61 perch lure:

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    A little worn but it still has fish left in it. I de-barbed the hook to release the perch faster.

    Here's what I learned:

    1. Riprap is best for perch

    2. Reedy shorelines are next best

    3. Docks are OK but not as good as the first two locations

    4. Downed wood was least productive of all the areas

    5. Shade makes a good spot great

    6. Slow roll the spinner as if it was a winter pickerel outing

    I trolled my way back to Jonas and caught another 14 inch striper on the paddletail, again in 25 feet of water.

    So ended my day. The good news is that I can visit Jonas again tomorrow on the "right" day. Plus, my van is already packed for the occasion. And I invented a new game for the Severn in July. It's fun to play and easy to win.

    Please join Harry and me tomorrow if you can.
    Mark

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    Nice read, thanks. I was surprised last Sunday to start catching 10 and 11 inch perch too. I hadn't had luck catching them that big in a couple years. Another month or so and there should be some nice big fat ones around. I prefer perch meat to rockfish, but they are like the Cactus of the Chesapeake to me. Takes me a couple days for my hands to heal up and the swelling to go down after a day with them.

    Good luck tomorrow.

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    Good outing and report. Catching 61 perch by casting light lures is a lot of work and fun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by azmdted View Post
    Nice read, thanks. I was surprised last Sunday to start catching 10 and 11 inch perch too. I hadn't had luck catching them that big in a couple years. Another month or so and there should be some nice big fat ones around. I prefer perch meat to rockfish, but they are like the Cactus of the Chesapeake to me. Takes me a couple days for my hands to heal up and the swelling to go down after a day with them.

    Good luck tomorrow.
    Thank you.

    White perch and I have an agreement. I don't eat them and they don't stick me.
    Mark

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    Quote Originally Posted by J.A. Veil View Post
    Good outing and report. Catching 61 perch by casting light lures is a lot of work and fun.
    Thanks John. I think I had few more innings left in my arm. But I was starting to feel it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark View Post
    I don't eat them and they don't stick me.
    I was just going to ask, HOW BIG IS YOUR COOLER? Second Kayak tow behind? Hah!

    By the title of this thread, my first thought was you went to Downs and forgot they're closed on Tuesday!
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    Great read Mark, definitely know what you mean about loosing track of the days! Hope you guys get into them tomorrow!!
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    That sounds like my idea of a great day of Perching!

    It's kinda funny when you retire and every day is Summer Vacation!

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    Can't remember the days but can count to 61. A fishing savant for sure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Mike View Post
    Can't remember the days but can count to 61. A fishing savant for sure.
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