Hook Shots: Giant New Hampshire White Perch by FieldandStream

You know, where I’m from, nobody gives white perch the time of day. They’re small, they live in brackish water, and for the most part, they’re nothing but by-catch. It wasn’t until I talked to Tim Moore, a veteran ice guide on Lake Winnipesaukee in NH, that I found out not everyone brushes off whites. On Winnie, these cousins of the striper grow jumbo and draw anglers from all over the country. As soon as I learned the score, I thought this is just different enough for a Hook Shots. I’m in. Of course, as many of you know, this winter wasn’t exactly winter here in the Northeast, which made ice conditions rather intersting upon arrival this March. But where there’s a will, there’s a way, and when it was all said and done, we walked away with an entirely new outlook and respect for these fish. Oh, we found out they taste damn fine, too. Enjoy the show.