Out There: Crickets and Corona
bottles and electric-blue perch

They fight long and hard, and, though they don't leap, many feel Rio Grande perch outclass bass and trout for strength.

Updated: January 14, 2005, 2:52 PM ET
By Keith "Catfish" Sutton |
Special to ESPNOutdoors.com

I felt like a criminal, darting from the Mexican shadows and grabbing unsuspecting passers-by. It was the only way, however, to fulfill the urge growing within me.

I had discovered a few hours earlier that Rio Grande perch inhabit Mexico's Lake Guerrero, where I had come to bass fish. These beautiful and unusual fish aren't considered trophies by most folks, but being an ardent fan of such offbeat fare, I was immediately excited at the prospect of catching one.

Unfortunately, I had ...

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