A fishing guide catches a 10ft sturgeon in the British Columbia River

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A fishing guide caught and tagged a sturgeon about 10 feet long on the Fraser River in Chilliwack, British Columbia, on March 6 before releasing the huge fish back into the river.

Yves Bisson, owner of Yves Bisson Sturgeon Co., told Storyful that when he saw the giant sturgeon jump out of the water, he immediately knew the sighting was rare.

“I have landed over 22,000 sturgeon on my fishing charters and this is one I will never forget,” he said.

Bisson estimates the fish was nearly 100 years old and probably weighed around 600 pounds.

“We were all amazed because this fish had no tag and had probably never been caught before,” he said.

Bisson told Storyful that he regularly scans and tags sturgeon as part of a conservation program to collect data on the fish. Credit: Yves Bisson Surgeon Co. via Storyful

Video Transcript

– Look at this. This fish is 10 1/2 feet, probably 500, maybe 600 pounds. We were only able to tag him, so he probably never got caught. And now we’re going to release it into the river. Court! Court! Unreal. Look at this. This fish is 10 1/2 feet, probably 500, maybe 600 pounds. We were only able to tag him, so he probably never got caught. And now we’re going to release it into the river. Court! Court! Unreal.

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