On March 1, 2014 Tia and her dad were set up on Lake Cascade when line went screaming off one of their tip-up rods. Eventually, the fish got tangled up in two other lines, but through teamwork, Tia was able to land the giant perch.
After weighing the fish on his own scale, Gary knew it was close to a state record, and knowing that fish can lose weight after being landed, he rushed to Cascade to have Tia’s fish weighed on a certified scale, where his suspicions were confirmed. Tia’s yellow perch became the new state record weighing in at 2 pounds 11.68 ounces. She still holds the Idaho state record for yellow perch, but a recent hunting trip made her dad realize she may hold a world record as well. While hunting in Wisconsin, Gary visited the Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame. There he learned how many different world records exist. He also discovered that the world record for yellow perch caught ice fishing with a tip-up was 2 pounds 6 ounces out of Sheep Pond, Massachusetts.
“I knew there were different line class records, but I didn’t know there were records like ice fishing,” says Gary.
When he discovered there was a world record classification for ice fishing with a tip-up rod, and saw that the current record was five ounces lighter than Tia’s fish, he did the paperwork and waited for a response. Tia’s catch was recently confirmed as the largest yellow perch caught while ice fishing using a tip-up rod, anywhere in the world.