Jaws dropped when this Sturgeon first exploded out of the Fraser River!
What do fishing guides do after a charter? Well, they go fishing. Yesterday was no different. Mike(one of our Sturgeon guides) hooked up with company owner Brian Mack around 5pm to hit the river and go Sturgeon fishing for a bit. The weather was beckoning them to go. They took Captain B’s 21 foot Customweld jetboat up the Fraser River from the Mission boat launch about 10 minutes and dropped anchor. A big fish was spotted on the fish finder so the location showed hope. Baits were carefully selected and cast into the depths where they lay deliciously on the bottom. Now it’s time to wait. The 2 anglers didn’t have to wait long however. Maybe 5 minutes. Mike’s rod went thump thump and then the rod tip buried. Fish On!
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Not 30 seconds into the fight and the fish came flying out of the river. Twisting and heaving it’s massive body back and forth in like a slow motion fashion that had them screaming some expletives. During the 45 minute battle it jumped 6 times. They shared the burden on fighting this massive beast as it dealt a punishing battle that required everything they had. It was a hard fighting and smart fish. Barrel rolling and screaming runs were keeping them on their toes! And even the fittest of arms will grow weary when fighting such leviathans!
Successfully landed for some photos!
Upon landing the giant Sturgeon they immediately took a measurement. It was 108″ from nose to fork of tail. This is in accordance with IGFA standards. Photos were quickly taken and then the fish was released back to the Fraser river depths. Here’s 3 pics of this massive 9 foot White Sturgeon:
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Want to catch a big Sturgeon? Sturgeon fishing is great anytime from early March to late November. However during winter months there is still fish to be caught and quite a few actually. Unless we’re in a deep freeze like the picture below! But such severe winter weather is not that common for our area.