Calgary resident Terry Jacobson (right) with his friends, Alex Kirk and Tom Kirk, with massive sturgeon they caught in the Fraser River near Chilliwack. (Sturgeon Hunter)

Three Albertans land ‘monster’ sturgeon in B.C.’s Fraser River

For angler who landed the exceptionally large sturgeon it was an ‘incredible dream come true’

For the three Albertans fishing in the Fraser River, it was the biggest white sturgeon they had ever set eyes on.

It only took about 10 minutes from dropping anchor in the river near Chilliwack until they felt a bite.

Calgary resident Terry Jacobson said landing the huge sturgeon on Tuesday was an “incredible dream” come true.

“I’ve fished my whole life and never hooked anything that enormous,” Jacobson told The Progress.

He and a couple of buddies were on a guided fishing trip with Sturgeon Hunter, when the fish rocketed right out of the water behind the boat.

“I said, ‘Oh my god, it’s a monster,’” Jacobson recounted. They got a good look at it when it breeched the water.

The sturgeon measured 11 feet long, with a girth of 62 inches around, estimated to weight about 800 pounds.

Jacobson had been on many catch-and-release sturgeon trips with Sturgeon Hunter before, and this time, he was determined to bring in one of the very biggest of the big ones, with buddies, Tom Kirk, and Alex Kirk.

He said he was excited about the prospect, especially after Kaye told him he was “absolutely destined” to catch it. He started believing it after everything went a little haywire, and the fish was still on the line.

Sturgeon Hunter guiding company owner Steve Kaye said he had to pull out “every trick in the book” to land the fish.

“It was a once in a lifetime fish — there is no other way to describe it.”

And it was quite the chore getting it to shore. Everything that could go wrong, went wrong. A reel broke. The line got snagged. Then it got caught on a log jam.

Kaye said at one point he had to cut the line and retie it to a new reel and rod. With any two of those incidents typically it would have been game over.

“It was one of the biggest sturgeon I ever saw,” Kaye told The Progress.

He figures he’s caught a whopping 15,000 sturgeon in his career as a guide for over 25 years.

“A very small percentage are this size,” Kaye said. “We very rarely hook them, and when we do hook them, we very rarely land them.”

An 11-foot fish is “special,” and Kaye himself has caught one that was 11.2 feet. They catch lots of 8-footers, but most are 5.5. to 7.5 feet. But 11 feet is exceptional.

“This fish was exceptionally bulky,” he said. The only thicker one he’s ever seen was at the end of salmon season. Not at the outset of the season like this.

The care and attention taken to revive the fish and make sure it was handled properly before releasing it back into the water was also admirable, and reassuring, Jacobson added.

“Everything was so well done, so nice, it couldn’t have been better.”

READ MORE: Sturgeon closures for certain side channels

READ MORE: Another time someone caught a gigantic sturgeon


@CHWKjourno
jfeinberg@theprogress.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Speeding tickets aren’t a deterrent

Old Island Highway speeds over 60km/h make no sense with the number of malls, says letter writer

Mid-Island Celtic band turns Scottish history into music in new show

Celtic Chaos presents ‘For the Highlanders’ at Unitarian Hall on Robbie Burns Day

Child struck by vehicle in front of elementary school in Nanaimo

Six-year-old girl taken to Nanaimo Regional General Hospital with non life-threatening injuries

Crews called to two-vehicle crash on Departure Bay Road

Two people taken to hospital to be checked over after accident Wednesday evening

All Carlton Cards stores closing, including Nanaimo location

Schurman Retail Group stores across North America will close over the next four to six weeks

B.C.-based firefighting plane crashes in Australia, killing three

Three people are confirmed dead in the crash in New South Wales

Gap between cost of legal and illegal cannabis keeps growing: Stats Canada

In B.C., legal pot cost $9.32 per gram when bought legally

Canada prepares as WHO decides whether to declare global coronavirus emergency

The city of Wuhan, China, has shut down outbound flights and trains

Survey finds support among Canadians for broader assisted-dying law

The survey was conducted Jan. 17 to 21 among 1,552 Canadians eligible to vote

Veteran B.C. journalist battles cancer through pioneering immunotherapy treatment

Vancouver Island rallies around JR Rardon and family during stay in Seattle

New nasal spray launched in Canada to combat hypoglycemic shock in diabetics

Baqsimi is a nasal spray contains three milligrams of glucagon

Prices for recreational marijuana in B.C. down from a year ago

New inflation figures show gasoline, housing and certain kinds of food cost more

B.C. RCMP spent roughly $750K on massive manhunt for Port Alberni men

Manitoba RCMP helped with 17-day search through the province’s northern terrain

Most Read