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12-foot sturgeon caught in British Columbia

Dean Werk of Great River Fishing Adventures helps Margaret and Michael Snell hold their 12-foot four-inch sturgeon caught in July 2012 on the Fraser River near Chilliwack, British Columbia. (Courtesy)
Dean Werk of Great River Fishing Adventures helps Margaret and Michael Snell hold their 12-foot four-inch sturgeon caught in July 2012 on the Fraser River near Chilliwack, British Columbia. (Courtesy)

FISHING -- An couple of Brits fishing with a guide on British Columbia's Fraser River near Chilliwack landed a 12-foot, 4-inch sturgeon last week.

With a girth of 53 inches and weighing an estimated 1,100 pounds, guide Dean Werk of Great Fishing Adventures estimates the sturgeon to be over 100 years old.

Michael Snell, 65, and his wife Margaret of Salisbury, England, will go home with the distinction of catching one of the biggest fish ever caught in North America, Werk said in a story reported by the Vancouver Sun.

“I’ve been a professional fishing guide on the Fraser River for 25 years and I’ve never seen a sturgeon this big,” said Werk.

It took an hour and a half to land the fish.



Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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