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Fishermen cast their nets for Asian carp on Illinois River

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  • In this Nov. 7, 2017 photo, Caleb Pellinghelli, left, and Orion Briney work at repairing their commercial fishing nets on shore at Detweiller Marina in Peoria, Ill., prepping nets for the next day of fishing. Caleb works as part of the crew for Orion Briney, who has spent 35 years as a commercial fisherman on the Illinois River in Peoria. Orion and crew fish for for Asian carp, which include bighead and silver carp, as well as grass carp and buffalo fish, which they sell at market up North. (Fred Zwicky/Journal Star via AP)

    In this Nov. 7, 2017 photo, Caleb Pellinghelli, left, and Orion Briney work at repairing their commercial fishing nets on shore at Detweiller Marina in Peoria, Ill., prepping nets for the next day of fishing. Caleb works as part of the crew for Orion Briney, who has spent 35 years as a commercial fisherman on the Illinois River in Peoria. Orion and crew fish for for Asian carp, which include bighead and silver carp, as well as grass carp and buffalo fish, which they sell at market up North. (Fred Zwicky/Journal Star via AP)
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  • In this Nov. 7, 2017 photo, Fisherman Caleb Pellinghelli works on the shore of Detweiller Marina, prepping nets for the next day of fishing. Caleb works as part of the crew for Orion Briney, who has spent 35 years as a commercial fisherman on the Illinois River in Peoria, Ill. Orion and crew fish for for Asian carp, which include bighead and silver carp, as well as grass carp and buffalo fish, which they sell at market. (Fred Zwicky/Journal Star via AP)

    In this Nov. 7, 2017 photo, Fisherman Caleb Pellinghelli works on the shore of Detweiller Marina, prepping nets for the next day of fishing. Caleb works as part of the crew for Orion Briney, who has spent 35 years as a commercial fisherman on the Illinois River in Peoria, Ill. Orion and crew fish for for Asian carp, which include bighead and silver carp, as well as grass carp and buffalo fish, which they sell at market. (Fred Zwicky/Journal Star via AP)
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  • In this Nov. 7, 2017 photo, Asian carp fisherman Caleb Pellinghelli shows his crews biggest catch for the day, weighing somewhere close to 35 pounds, in Peoria, Ill. Caleb works with commercial fishermen Orion Briney, who fish for Asian carp, which include bighead and silver carp, as well as grass carp and buffalo fish, which they sell at market. (Fred Zwicky/Journal Star via AP)

    In this Nov. 7, 2017 photo, Asian carp fisherman Caleb Pellinghelli shows his crews biggest catch for the day, weighing somewhere close to 35 pounds, in Peoria, Ill. Caleb works with commercial fishermen Orion Briney, who fish for Asian carp, which include bighead and silver carp, as well as grass carp and buffalo fish, which they sell at market. (Fred Zwicky/Journal Star via AP)
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PEORIA, Ill. -- Fishermen in Peoria are sending their nets out into the Illinois River with hopes of catching Asian carp.

Orion Briney has spent more than 35 years as a commercial fisherman and he tells the (Peoria) Journal Star that he has an advantage when the water is cold. He says the low temperatures slow down the carp, which are known to jump and flip in the water or flee at high speeds.

The carp are considered an invasive species and efforts have been underway to keep them out of the Great Lakes.

Briney and his crew sell the carp they catch at markets. He says they catch bighead carp, silver carp, grass carp and buffalo fish. Some of the fish they catch weigh close to 35 pounds (16 kilograms).

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Information from: Journal Star, http://pjstar.com

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