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    No fish story! You can finally see the one that got away. Anglers catch and release a monster sturgeon on the Fraser River

    Matthew Ramsey, Canwest News Service Published: Tuesday, September 02, 2008

    VANCOUVER -- A hook baited with salmon meat was enough to tempt a 318-kilogram Jurassic monster from the depths of the Fraser River and more than enough to keep a local fishing guide and his clients busy.

    Rod Toth was on the river near Chilliwack on Wednesday when he hooked the massive sturgeon. For nearly three hours, the five men wrestled to bring the sturgeon to the surface, taking turns cranking the reel, slowly hauling the fish through the murky water.

    "We didn't see it until the very end," Toth said. "They [his clients] just went crazy. I don't think we can print some of the words coming out."

    With Toth at the helm, the clients grabbed the sturgeon by the mouth so they could hold it to the boat and carefully bring it to shallow water. On shore they tagged the fish, held onto its rough skin for the mother of all fish photos and released the sturgeon.

    It's measurements were epic -- 318 kilograms, 3.2 metres long and 1.4 metre in girth. For 40-year-old Toth, it was without doubt the biggest fish he's seen in his eight years as owner of Bent Rods Guiding. He estimated its age at between 70 and 80 years old.

    "It's older than my dad," he noted. But it's not the oldest, or biggest fish of its type, said Mary Sue Atkinson of the Fraser River Sturgeon Conservation Society, a group that began tagging the fish in 1999.

    "Fraser River sturgeon are the largest fresh water fish in the world and they are the second-heaviest [behind the beluga sturgeon]," said Atkinson.

    "They're living dinosaurs from the Jurassic age."

    The fish can live up to 150 years, grow to six metres and weigh more than 600 kilograms.

    © Times Colonist (Victoria) 2008


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    DESCRIPTION - The largest North American sturgeonat a maximum of 20 feet (6.10 m), , the White Sturgeon's greatest depth is about 14% of the total length. It's eyes are small, and the snout of an adult is short and depressed with a wide toothless mouth. Instead of scales the White Sturgeon is covered with patches of miniscule dermal denticles and isolated rows of large bony plates. A lighter grey, pale olive or grey-brown often speckled with white moving to grey or white on the belly characterize the coloring.

    {NOTE: the photo is not of the actual fish that was caught in the article.

    http://www.anglingbc.com/index.cfm?page=74 }
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    It would be interesting to know how many times a Sturgeon is caught in a 150 year lifespan. A progressive tagging system would be interesting, if it could be made to work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mcaldwell View Post
    It would be interesting to know how many times a Sturgeon is caught in a 150 year lifespan. A progressive tagging system would be interesting, if it could be made to work.
    Ya know Marty, that thought crossed my mind too. Was kinda wondering how long they have been doing the catch/tag/release program. Be interesting to get some numbers on that some day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MalahatTwo7 View Post
    With Toth at the helm, the clients grabbed the sturgeon by the mouth so they could hold it to the boat and carefully bring it to shallow water. On shore they tagged the fish, held onto its rough skin for the mother of all fish photos and released the sturgeon.
    If I caught a 300Kg 3-meter fish, the last thing I would do is stick my hand in its mouth..

    It would be interesting to know how many times a Sturgeon is caught in a 150 year lifespan.
    You'd think after a while they'd be thinkin.. "wainna minute. I've seen this before.... "
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    I think I'll stick to trout fishing. There's no cast iron skillet large enough to hold that big ol' fishy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hwoods View Post
    Rick, THIS is a Fish..................
    That can't be you holding on to that thing, he's too skinny.

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