Some things are made to last, and then there is Brian Clapp's fishing record.
Clapp, of Butler, captured the Missouri state record for yellow perch March 18 when he caught a 1-pound, 7-ounce fish measuring 13 inches. His fame was short-lived, however, because on May 3, Vince G. Elfrink, of Walnut Shade, landed a 1-pound, 11-ounce yellow perch measuring just a shade over 14 inches.
Elfrink hooked the fish around 2 p.m. while fishing for white bass near the upper end of Bull Shoals Lake, just about a mile from Lake Taneycomo's Powersite Dam. Conservation Agent Charles T. Nofsinger verified the fish's species and weight.
Elfrink said he has caught several yellow perch while fishing for white bass at Bull Shoals. He said they usually bite on minnows or jigs.
The Missouri Department of Conservation recognizes fishing records in two categories, pole-and-line and alternative methods. Elfrink's yellow perch is a pole-and-line record. No one has ever registered a state yellow perch record for alternative methods, which include gigging, bowfishing and the use of trotlines, pole and bank lines and other set lines.
A list of Missouri fishing records, rules and entry forms are available online at www.missouriconservation.org.