For the second time this year, a massive Sturgeon has been caught and released from BC's Fraser River weighing in at over one-thousand pounds.
Last week, a group of accountants from Kamloops BC, on a team-building fishing trip, helped their boss reel in the giant fish that measured over 11-feet 8-inches. Norman Daley, who landed the big one says, "That thing was huge." "In the first few minutes I had it on the line I thought my arms were going to fall off. Or I would end up in the river."
In a news release, Daley says, "Managing that fish became a true team effort." "About 15 minutes into the battle I handed the rod off to my colleague. Then after another 15 minutes he handed it back. There was no way that one person alone was going to get that fish to the boat. It was truly a team effort." And it took his team, 50-minutes to land the monster fish. It was then tagged and released.
But that isn't the largest sturgeon caught in the Fraser River this year. Great River Fishing Adventures that led Daley and his group on their expedition, reports that an even larger fish was caught in July, at 12-foot 11-inches and weighing over 1000 pounds.
Harvesting sturgeons has been banned on the river since 1994, classified as a threatened species. Since then a catch-and-release program was started and a BC Institute of Technology fish expert, says the information collected by the anglers is helping to keep track of how the population is doing. Dr. Marvin Rosenau says the numbers appear to be holding steady at about 45,000.