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Fish of the Week: Kissing an Illinois record good-by

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Brandyn Shepherd caught and released on the Fox River what he figures was an Illinois-record silver redhorse sucker on Nov. 29. He's just fine with that decision, and earns a special Fish of the Week honor.

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FOTW tops the Midwest Fishing Report in the Sun-Times each Wednesday. An extended online version appears here, usually by midnight Tuesday.

Here's the young west suburban man's basic tale:

I don't normally share photos, but this one is pretty cool and would have been the third state record fish of its species caught out of the Fox River. I was Muskie fishing at the time. Its really crazy how these fish will attack a Muskie bait like it wants to eat it. Almost reminds you of a Redfish and you sometimes think you've got a Muskie. Carp do it too. Must be a territorial thing, who knows. I did some research online and saw that the current state record Silver Redhorse was caught by a young kid, so I'm glad I released this fish that would have shattered that record. Hopefully the brothers will see the picture or hear of the news and get back out there and chase another.

That young kid was part of one of the great fishing stories of 2008.

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John Chione (above), then 13, caught the record silver redhorse (6.71 pounds) from the Fox near Montgomery on April 24, 2008. The following day, his brother Andrew, (below) then 15, caught the Illinois record shorthead redhorse (3.74 pounds) from the same area.

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The story of the brother's feats is posted here.

Must be quite the stretch of river. The previous record silver redhorse was caught by Jake Keenlance on April 13, 2003 from the Fox in Kendall County. ADD/CORRECT (Brandyn just informed me that it was Jake, not Jane, which I previously had listed from the IDNR list of previous record holders. But Brandyn assures me that Jake is a friend of his, I am changing it on my list of record Illinois fish, which I update as needed.)

In a follow-up e-mail, from Shepherd, who muskie fishes on the Fox from the Chain to the Dayton Dam, he added:

I thought maybe the picture of the Redhorse would do some good for the kids out there and others that fish for something other than Bass, Walleye, Muskie, etc.

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I like that idea, made me even happier to have it as FOTW.

E-mail FOTW nominations to outdoordb@sbcglobal.net.

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i just caught a 10 sucker, (weight on old style hand scale). what was the old record, any one know?

If you're talking about the two redhorses mentioned above. The two caught by the Chione brothers remains the Illinois record.

I HAVE CAUGHT ANOTHER POSSIBLE RECORD REDHORSE SUCKER. I'M TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO REGISTER IT NOW. I HAVE IT ALIVE IN A TANK WITH AIR PUMP ATTACHED. IT WEIGHTS OVER 8 LBS ON THE SAME HAND SCALE. PHOTOS COMING SOON. HELP!!!!!!! CAUGHT IN DANVILLE IL, VERMILION COUNTY.


I'm thinking that Shepherd's fish is a RIVER redhorse, not a silver. It's tough to tell from the picture, but rivers have a reddish tail, silvers have a grey tail. Silvers are more high-backed, rivers are more streamlined. Either way it's a big, beautiful redhorse. Good to hear it was returned to the water. Find out more at www.roughfish.com.

It is a beautiful fish! More likely a River Redhorse than a Silver. roughfish.com has a good section for ID and many people who are very good at looking at pics and giving ID.

You're entitled to your opinion but I think it's a shame to c/r carp...suckers etc. The Fox used to be full of smallies, catfish etc....fish that are both fun to catch and serve a purpose....food. Suckers and carp out of the fox at least are garbage in my view. I've found schools of dozens if not hundredsof carp one right after another in the fox. On a float trip Monday I'd wager we saw several hundre and didn't catch a single smallie and only 1 small cat...that I gladly released. I've seen carp robbing the nests of smallies over and over. One darts in to rob and the smallie chases it of 10 feet or son while others dart in a steal the eggs/fry. With 1000's of adult carp repeating this it's no wonder all other species are declining. Releasing carp just promotes the decline of all the others.

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