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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 02:54 PM 05/12/06 (CST)
I Saw this Pic of 4 men in rainy river. It took them 6hrs to reel this one in. Beleive it or not i was a 1,000 pound Sturgen. I saw it. but it is kinda hard to beleive. Has anyone herd of it


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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 03:53 PM 05/12/06 (CST)
I want to see pictures of that.. the largest sturgeon picture I could find on the net was around 500 lbs.


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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 06:48 PM 05/14/06 (CST)
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I have seen the picture! I think it is real, but the part about it coming out of the rainy river, I'm not so sure about. I thought the email I had it on said it was out of some river in Michigan or something. I looked back @ my email and I don't have that one anymore or I would have posted the pic frown smiley
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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 07:45 AM 05/15/06 (CST)

This is the email I got on it. I have the picture. But I don't have a clue how to post it.

Now this is a Big Fish
>
> This Sturgeon was caught on the Fraser River just above the
> Mission bridge two weeks ago. It weighed out at over 1,000lbs and
> measured
> out at 11'1".
>
> It was 56" around the girth and took over 6 and a half hours and 4
> Dozen beers for the 4 guys taking turns reeling. These guys
> couldn't be from Wisconsin ...Only 4 Dozen Beers ??

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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 10:10 AM 05/15/06 (CST)
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That's the same email I got on it. Don't you think the picture looks real?
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Daily Subscription Msg 6 Posted: 12:29 PM 05/15/06 (CST)
Here is the story from the Grand Forks Herald on the fish. In sum, it is a real fish, but it is a white sturgeon, which is native to western No. America.

BRAD DOKKEN COLUMN: Giant sturgeon didn't come from Rainy River
Title of photo sheds light on the real story behind fishy Internet tale

Don't worry, North Country sturgeon enthusiasts, you don't have to worry about buying a bigger boat just yet.

And if you don't believe me, boy, have I got a fish tale for you.

The Internet has proven to be fertile grounds for hunting and fishing tales, many of questionable accuracy. From inbox to inbox they flow, spreading faster than a case of bird flu through a pen full of Asian chickens.

In the process, they usually prove that the old saying, "there's a sucker born every minute," really is true.

The latest proof of that old adage hit my inbox this week and features a photo of 10 men standing in waist-deep water and holding a monstrous sturgeon.

If you fish, or know anyone who fishes, you've probably seen it. Like most Internet photos, it apparently suckered a lot of people into believing the sturgeon came from our neck of the woods. I must have gotten 20 copies of the e-mail this week, all asking the same question: "Have you heard about this?"

Here's the story, according to the caption that was forwarded and forwarded and forwarded.

"This sturgeon weighed out at over 1,000 pounds and measured out at 11 feet, 1 inch. It was 56 inches around the girth and took over 6½ hours for the four guys taking turns reeling. It was caught at the mouth of the Rainy River."

Sorry to burst anyone's bubble here, but no it wasn't.

Not even close.

Lake of the Woods and Rainy River contain a species of sturgeon known as lake sturgeon. According to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, lake sturgeon can weigh more than 200 pounds. A picture from 1905 documents a 15-foot, 400-pound monster that a pioneer family dragged out of the Roseau River, a Red River tributary.

They can grow very large, in other words, but not 1,000 pounds large.

Besides, who in their right mind would stand in waist-deep water at the mouth of the Rainy River this time of year?

White sturgeon are a different story. The largest freshwater fish in North America, white sturgeon can reach lengths of 20 feet and weigh more than 1,500 pounds. They inhabit large western rivers such as the Columbia River in Washington and the Fraser River in British Columbia.

They definitely don't put up 6 1/2-hour battles at the mouth of the Rainy River.

Mike Larson, area fisheries supervisor for the DNR in Baudette, Minn., confirmed my suspicion:

"This is a white sturgeon," Larson said of the fish in the photo. "The picture has been around for a couple of weeks. Lots of good twists to the story line."

That unlocked part of the mystery, but the true story of the fish's origin lay hidden in the photo's title, "Curtis Besse sturgeon."

A Google search for "Curtis Besse" lists him as treasurer of the Fraser Valley Angling Guides Association in British Columbia.

A bit more fishing, this time by a co-worker, found the photo on a Web site for Len's Sport Fishing Adventures, a B.C. outfitter where Besse guides. According to a caption with the photo, the sturgeon was "the largest freshwater fish caught by a British subject, 2005."

You can see it for yourself at www.lenssportfishing-bc.com/sturgeon-fishing.htm.

To get the rest of story, I called Len Ames, owner of Len's Sport Fishing Adventures, on Friday morning. He was fishing on the Fraser River at the time.

According to Ames, a party of anglers Besse was guiding caught the monstrous sturgeon last fall on the Fraser near Chilliwack, B.C. Four men battled the fish for about six hours before the sturgeon finally gave up long enough for a picture.

Catch and release is mandatory for white sturgeon, but Ames says the big fish measured 11 feet and probably weighed about 1,000 pounds.

"It is actually not the largest fish we've caught," Ames said. "Typically, we get fish that are in the 7-8-9-10-foot range. We actually have just an incredible population in the Fraser River. On a typical day, everybody is going to catch two or three fish, and one will be over 6 or 7 feet."

So there you have it, the real story.

The fish is real, it's very large and it's still out there somewhere.

In the Fraser River. Not the Rainy River.

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Len's Sportfishing Adventures: (604) 819-5141, or on the Web at www.lenssportfishing-bc.com/index.htm.
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Daily Subscription Msg 8 Posted: 01:46 PM 05/15/06 (CST)
Wow! nice pic PB. How did your weekend go?

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Daily Subscription Msg 9 Posted: 01:52 PM 05/15/06 (CST)
that would be the pic sry about the false info i guess my sorce wasnt all straight.


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Daily Subscription Msg 10 Posted: 02:05 PM 05/15/06 (CST)
It's still one heck of a story Diceman. Thanks for the heads up about the story. We all goof ,do not worry it is the effort that's important.

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