When 12-year-old Tia Wiese landed a behemoth yellow perch last March on Idaho’s Cascade Lake, she hoped it would break the state record. But little did the Eagle, Idaho, angler know her 2-pound, 11.68-ounce jumbo would eventually shatter a world benchmark as well.
“We received confirmation January 12 from the National Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame that Tia’s fish has been recognized as a new ice-fishing world record for fish caught on a tip-up,” said her father, Gary, who was fishing with her at the time. A local firefighter, he savors spending time on the water with his daughter at every possible opportunity.
“I knew it was a big fish, but setting a world record was a surprise,” said Tia, now 13.