‘The trip of a lifetime’: Calgary fishermen catch huge 11-foot sturgeon in B.C. river

Three Calgary fishermen are getting back from their fishing journey to B.C. with some humongous bragging rights.

The trio snagged an 11-foot sturgeon from the Fraser River close to Chilliwack whereas on an expedition led by the corporate SturgeonHunter Tuesday.

The fish, which was measured at 62 inches, or one-and-a-half metres in girth, is estimated to be 800 kilos in weight and 100 years outdated.

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“We couldn’t consider it,” Tom Kirk stated the subsequent day. “This fish got here out of the water most likely 3 times about 10, 15 toes within the air. It seemed like a shark popping out of the water.”

Kirk’s fellow fisherman Terry Jacobson agreed.

“Like a Nice White,” he marveled. “It was fairly unimaginable.”

The third member of the group, Alex Kirk, stated the toughest a part of making the catch was merely maintaining with the huge fish, which took the boat down the river for a number of kilometres and right into a pile of logs earlier than lastly relenting.

“It’s like hooking as much as a truck and simply letting it go,” he stated. “Wherever that sturgeon wished to go, we went and we needed to comply with it.

“It was simply hooking on and holding on for that trip. The trip of a lifetime.”

The sturgeon gained’t be travelling again dwelling with its captors, nevertheless. After snapping some pictures, the group launched the fish again to the river.

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SturgeonHunter repeatedly leads catch-and-release expeditions on the Fraser River.

Proprietor and information Steve Kaye, who was on the water with the fishermen, has been main excursions since 1998 and says this fish could also be one for the document books.

“That is the second longest fish I’ve caught, and it’s the second thickest fish I’ve caught,” he stated. “However if you mix these collectively, that is by far the heaviest fish I’ve caught.”

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Much more remarkably, Kaye says one other sturgeon was caught every week earlier than that was 10 toes lengthy and 600 kilos.

Kaye stated the typical sturgeon seen within the river is between six and 7 toes lengthy.

Erin Stoddard, a fisheries biologist with B.C.’s Ministry of Forest, Lands, Pure Useful resource Operations and Rural Improvement, stated a sturgeon of this dimension is often discovered within the space about annually.

“It’s an even bigger fish, no query,” he stated. “It’s not fairly the document although. I believe the most important one measures 11 toes and 4 inches, so it’s shut.”

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Stoddard stated the sturgeon inhabitants within the decrease Fraser River is monitored carefully by the province, which tags the fish and checks on them repeatedly.

The inhabitants is beginning to take a downturn, although.

“Proper now there are about 40,000 sturgeon, which is a downturn from what we had earlier than at about 45,000,” he stated. “It stands to motive it is going to differ a bit, nevertheless it’s a bit regarding that it’s taking place.”

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Stoddard added the 100-year-old fish is definitely of breeding age, which when coupled with the present spawning interval means extra sturgeon might quickly emerge within the space.

Tom Kirk stated the expertise is one he and his fellow fishermen will always remember, which means they’ll seemingly be again to strive it once more.

“Being from out of province, you hear about these fish and so they’re a type of bucket-list issues,” he stated. “However phrases can’t describe it. Not till you really contact it.”

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