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‘Newbies’ hook 700-pound sturgeon on B.C. catch-and-release fishing trip

Two Albertans reeled in a once-in-a-lifetime story throughout a fishing journey to B.C.’s Interior.

After years of fixed invitations to do some catch-and-release fishing for sturgeon on the Fraser River close to Lillooet, Steve Ecklund lastly mentioned sure, and hauled alongside good friend Mark Boice.

And on Father’s Day, the 2 hooked a large sturgeon that weighed 700 kilos, was 10 toes, one inch in size and had a girth of 57 inches. The large fish was additionally considered round 110 years outdated.


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“We’ve by no means sturgeon fished, by no means been on the Fraser River,” mentioned Ecklund, including he’s glad he lastly took the recommendation of Jeff Grimolfson, who runs River Monster Adventures.

You learn that proper: On their very first sturgeon fishing journey, they landed a monster – doubtlessly a record-breaking fish for the center portion of the Fraser River.

Reached on Monday as they have been driving again to Alberta, Ecklund and Boice mentioned it took two gruelling hours to reel within the sturgeon. And the 2 have been nonetheless enthusiastic about their journey.

“It was fairly unbelievable, actually,” Boice mentioned. “To be down there (taking footage) with it after combating it for 2 hours, there have been a variety of high-fives.”


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They mentioned they battled the sturgeon continuous because it swim upstream for 2 kilometres, then downstream for one more two km earlier than it will definitely drained out.

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Requested in the event that they knew they’d hooked a giant one early into the combat, Ecklund mentioned they’d no clue — till it jumped out of the water.

“The entire boat begins erupting and yelling. It was fairly stunning, to say the least,” mentioned Ecklund, who hosts a show known as The Edge on Wild TV.

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“We knew it was massive, however whenever you see the guides’ response, and so they do that 100 days a yr, after they obtained excited … properly, we had no concept what was occurring.”

Ecklund added, “it regarded like Jaws popping out of the water in sluggish movement.”


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For many who don’t fish, the sturgeon was by no means hauled into the boat after being caught.

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Relatively, it was taken near shore, the place Ecklund, Boice and the 2 fishing guides — Nick McCabe and Tyler Velocity — took footage with it earlier than releasing the behemoth.

Grimolfson credited his two guides for making a memorable day, including water ranges on the Fraser are fairly excessive, which provides to the issue stage.

He additionally famous that along with being launched, the sturgeon was additionally tagged, scanned and documented for the Fraser River Sturgeon Conservation Society.

For extra about sturgeon fishing in B.C., go to the province’s website.


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It was additionally the day’s final catch, with the group having caught a half-dozen different sturgeon, albeit a lot smaller.

Ecklund mentioned they measured it from tip to mid-point of the tail. Had the complete tail been measured, he mentioned it might have been 11 toes.

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“Throughout the day, we’re catching these fish. And so they’re between six toes and six-foot-eight. And a man can handle that by himself. It’s not a simple battle, but it surely’s a battle that may be performed,” mentioned Ecklund.

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“Your arms are worn out and so they really feel like jelly. After which me and Mark are going ‘If we tie into an eight-footer, what are we in retailer for?’”

Seems eight toes was two toes brief.

“It was fairly intense; we knew we locked into one,” mentioned Boice. “However when it got here out of the water, it made all of it actual at that time.”

Ecklund mentioned they needed to double-team the trouble to land the sturgeon.


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Boice added: “An hour into the combat, if these guides weren’t there, we might have reduce the road.”

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“We each fought it for 2 hours straight and I can say this: It appears like we have been in a helicopter crash. We’re worn out. Again, abdomen, groin, arms … it’s unbelievable,” Ecklund mentioned.

“It’s insane. We are able to barely maintain a Tim Hortons espresso as a result of our arms are so sore.”

With B.C. disappearing into the rearview mirror, Ecklund mentioned he was glad he lastly mentioned sure to Grimolfson’s requests.


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“I like to fish, however, today, I don’t get a variety of time, with doing the present and dealing full-time within the oil and gasoline trade,” mentioned Ecklund.

“I lastly simply dedicated and me and (Boice) jumped within the truck and drove 12 hours for sooner or later of fishing, flip round and are available again. And lo and behold, we catch the file fish of all time (for the center Fraser River).”

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Ecklund was requested if he plans on returning to B.C. for extra sturgeon fishing.

“On the boat, (the guides) have been making jokes that this was a retirement sturgeon,” laughed Ecklund. “You might as properly dangle it up and pack it in. You’re performed.”

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