Oh Brother: Record redhorse suckers

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Brothers John and Andrew Chione both caught record redhorse suckers from the Fox River in late April.

Here of the photos, much thanks to Mike Noland of Oswegoland Fishin’ Fools. First is John, 13, with his 6.71-pound silver redhorse, caught April 24. Second is Andrew, 15, with his 3.74-pound shorthead redhorse caught the next day.

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Here’s the story from the May 14, 2008 Sun-Times.

Anything you can do …; Teenage Chione brothers make history on back-to-back days BY DALE BOWMAN Taking sibling rivalry to another level, brothers John and Andrew Chione caught Illinois-record redhorse suckers on back-to-back days. John, 13, caught the first, a 6.71-pound silver redhorse April 24 from the Fox River in Montgomery. Andrew, 15, caught a shorthead redhorse of 3.74 pounds from the same area the next day. It began when the home-schooled brothers from the western suburbs were fishing for carp with corn early on April 24. I had a rod out with worms to see if I could catch catfish, John said. The bonus came in the form of a silver redhorse. We go through a lot of DNR magazines and remembered the record was around 5 pounds, John said. Jane Keenlance caught the standing silver redhorse record (5 pounds, 10 ounces) from the Fox on April 13, 2003. Fish records generally are kept by weight. The Chiones called Gander Mountain in Geneva and found they had to get the fish weighed on a certified scale and witnessed, then have it confirmed by a fisheries biologist and fill out the paperwork. Bill Walsh, a retired teacher fishing with the brothers, helped them get the fish weighed on a certified scale at Prisco’s Fine Foods in Aurora. Walsh and the butcher witnessed it. Fisheries biologist Vic Santucci came out and confirmed the 25/`-inch fish was a silver redhorse and explained the paperwork. Ever the teacher, Walsh said: I did a little homework. When they spawn, they like to spawn around calm water and sand bars, like we were fishing. When we put them in the cooler, they had eggs spraying out of them. We happened to be sitting in a spawning ground at the right time. Oh, were they ever. The next morning, Andrew pulled in his record shorthead redhorse. I had corn out for carp, and I had worms out for whatever would bite on them, he said. I knew it what it was. We caught the species before. I knew what the record was. Holly Trent caught the standing shorthead redhorse record (2-2.56) from the Spoon River in Fulton County on March 22, 2003. This time, the Chiones took the fish to the Jewel in Montgomery, where the butcher and Walsh witnessed the weighing of the 21-inch fish. What I find most interesting is how sharp the brothers were. They knew the species of redhorse (something I normally have to look up) and that they were Illinois records. And I like that the brothers and Walsh were back fishing when I called Saturday. I was down at Heidecke Lake helping a co-worker sample muskie and was able to meet Andrew on Route 47 on my way back north, Santucci e-mailed. He said the paperwork was submitted. The records will be official when Springfield officials sign off. When John caught that 6-11 redhorse, about a half-hour later, Andrew caught one that weighed 5-12, Walsh said. It would have been a state record, too. I thought it was poetic justice he caught a state record the next day. Said Santucci: When I originally got the call for the second record, I couldn’t help thinking how sibling rivalry hasn’t changed much since I was a kid competing with my brothers for everything and anything.

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