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11-pound sucker new bowfishing record

By Mike
Moore
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Toledo, Ohio – Brent McGlone had been chasing the state
bowfishing record for suckers for the past 10 years.

Hitting spots close to home on the Maumee River, in Sandusky
Bay, and out on Lake Erie proper, McGlone toiled away trying to top
Michael Stumph’s previous mark of 7.36 pounds.

‘Every April and every May, I’m down there fishing looking for a
sucker that’s going to beat Mike’s mark,’ McGlone said.

The fates smiled favorably upon him on May 18 when he not only
topped the mark, but did so with plenty of room to spare.

McGlone’s new state bowfishing record sucker weighed 11.21
pounds at 31.5 inches. It was certified June 15 by the Outdoor
Writers of Ohio, the official keepers of such records.

McGlone, 31, is a full-time nursing student who bowfishes a
couple of times a week during the warm weather months. He also
joins the hook-and-line crowd to fish for walleye on Lake Erie and
largemouth bass in farm pounds around northwest Ohio. McGlone made
news in 2001 when he hook-and-line landed a 61-inch sturgeon in the
Maumee River.

The day the record shot presented itself, McGlone was bowfishing
in the riffles about a mile east of Grand Rapids. When the day
started, he wasn’t hopeful for much good fortune.

‘I had been seeing fewer and fewer fish in the previous weeks so
I thought they had already spawned and moved out of the river,’
McGlone said. ‘I was sitting there actually contemplating where I
was going to go next and I saw a couple of tails come out of the
water. I watched them and it looked like there was some pretty good
size fish out there.’

Before the record-breaker came, McGlone said he shot two other
good fish, but the point didn’t stay in the soft-bodied
suckers.

‘I’m getting frustrated,’ he recalled. ‘Then I see this long,
dark shadow about four feet below me scooting through the riffle
real quick so I draw back and shoot. I didn’t even try to reel it
in, I was on this little island so I just started walking backward,
pulling everything out of the water. The arrow popped out again,
but luckily the fish was already up on the shore so I could get
it.’

McGlone weighed the fish with a scale that he carries with
him.

‘I about flipped out when I saw it bouncing between 11 and 12
pounds,’ said McGlone, a full-time nursing student by day. ‘I
couldn’t believe my eyes.’

Seeing the sucker had potential to be a record-breaker, McGlone
headed to the post office in Grand Rapids to get a certified
weight.

‘I walked in (to the post office) and said ‘I’ve got kind of a
weird question to ask you,” McGlone said. ‘They said ‘no
problem.”

Certified sticker in hand, McGlone then drove himself and the
fish to a DNR Division of Wildlife office in Findlay where it was
identified by biologist Mike Wilkerson as a greater redhorse
sucker.

Ironically, McGlone’s record came on the exact day of Stumph’s
previous mark 10 years earlier. Stumph shot his sucker on May 18,
1997 in Big Walnut Creek in central Ohio.

McGlone said he had actually set the mark back in 1997 as well
but before it even made it to the books Stumph checked in with his
fish.

For more information on Ohio’s state record fish program contact
Tom Cross, chairman, OWO State Record Fish Committee, 1497 Cross
Road, Winchester, OH 45697, phone (937) 386-2752, or online at
www.outdoorwritersofohio.org

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