Sixty-five-year-old Michael Snell from Salisbury, England, hauled in a 12-foot-four-inch-long white sturgeon on July 16. The fish is estimated to weigh around 1,100 pounds.
According to the Chilliwacktimes Snell, said he saw his rod tip, but he struggled with his catch for nearly 45 minutes before he actually saw the fish surface.
Because of the fishes size scientists estimate the Sturgeon to be around 100 years old. There is speculation that this may be the largest fresh water fish caught on rod and reel in North America.
The Fishing World Records claims that this fish below is the World Record holder which was also caught on the Fraser river. That one weighed in at 1800 pounds.
Sarah Schreier, the executive director of the Fraser River Sturgeon Conservation Society (FRSCS), said the largest sturgeon caught in recent years measured 13 feet, which is one foot bigger than this one.
Although this fish is one of the biggest fish on recent record in North America, fisherman at the turn of the century had caught a 20 foot long White Sturgeon.
The Image below is reportedly of the Giant Sturgeon caught by Washington Fisherman. No word on whether or not this picture below is real, but it’s fun to imagine what it would be like to reel in a fish that large.