A 10-inch fish netted a Bradford man a hefty jackpot on Friday afternoon, after he landed a tagged fish worth $2,500 during the Orillia Perch Festival.
The Casino Rama-sponsored fish was plucked from the waters of Lake Simcoe near the Narrows by Steve Clark, recently laid off from his job at an auto parts manufacturer.
“The money will come in very handy, that’s for sure,” the exuberant 49 year old said.
Clark was fishing with his friend Dave Norgrove when he felt a tug at his line and reeled in the fish with its bright yellow tag.
“I flung it in the boat like any little perch,” he recalled. “I might have used a net if I had known it was worth $2,500.”
Clark said he planned to take his wife to dinner.
“We might go to the casino for a little while, but they’re not getting all (of the winnings) back,” he added jokingly.