by Lisa Tome
What's a little wind when you have a hankering for yellow perch?
That was the thinking of Leonard Pitts of Conowingo when he hitched up his boat to tow it to Port Deposit last week.
"I know the yellow perch are running and I want to eat some," said Pitts. "But this wind has me regretting my decision." He was launching his boat from Marina Park. It was the first time this year that Pitts decided to take his boat out.
"It's going to take me 45 minutes of debate. But it's worth going out. I'm planning to go to Perryville," said Pitts.
But the thought of yellow perch was too tempting. Pitts decided battling the wind would be worth it. A yellow perch, which was formerly protected and couldn't be kept, has to be nine inches in order to take it home. "If it's big enough, I will fillet it. If it's small, I will fry it on the bone," said Pitts.
"I could be home watching TV where it's warm,” laughed Pitts, as he geared up to drop his boat in at the launch.
But he smiled anyway.