PERU — Perry Marvin Jr. has been fishing since he was 4 years old.
Now, at 14 and an experienced angler, Perry recently won the New York state qualifier tournament at Schroon Lake to advance to the national Youth Tournament Bass Fishing competition in South Carolina next summer.
“It was really tough,” Perry said of the conditions on Schroon Lake during the qualifying round. “There wasn’t a whole lot of action going on. I got two bites all day, the first one two hours into the tourney.”
Perry was using a 7-inch Senko, an artificial rubber lure that looks like an earthworm. He was casting underneath docks and pulled in a 3-pounder for his first catch of the day.
He hooked a second largemouth about a half-hour later when he cast his line beneath a docked pontoon boat.
“That was pretty much it,” he said. “There was another kid (while waiting for the weigh-in) who said he had just about the same weight. It was pretty nerve-racking.”
But Perry’s total outdid the competition, and he stood atop the leader board at day’s end.
He had not fished on Schroon Lake prior to a couple of pre-tournament visits leading up to the competition. On the first day of practice, he tried fishing at the northern end of the lake with little success but had better luck on day two at the southern end.
That’s where he focused his efforts on tourney day.
“We saw one fish sitting in the weeds (during his pre-tourney visits) that might have been 6 pounds,” he said. “We thought he might be there on tournament day, but we didn’t see him.”
Perry got hooked on fishing back when Perry Sr. was interested in salmon fishing.
“My dad always loved to fish, but he never used to fish for bass,” Perry recalled. “He used to teach me all he knew (about fishing); now I’m teaching him about bass fishing.”