OXFORD -- Fishing enthusiasts from all over the state braved the cold on Saturday to gather at Chenango Lake.
It was the Oxford Lion's Club annual Perch Derby-- a fundraiser for local charities. Hundreds of families and friends competed for prizes by catching tagged perch. There was a $1,000 prize offered for the first perch caught with a 2013 tag.
"It is a sweeter meat, so a lot of people eat them. It's not like a catch and release. People catch them and they take them home and they clean them and eat them," Ron Charles said.
"Strategy? Just stick the minnows on a hook and put them in the water," Dave Schmidt said.
If no perch was caught, the prize money will be raffled off to registered participants.
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