Just another story about fish reclaiming their water. Seems like no one likes jet skiers these days.
Jumping sturgeon whacks jet-skier
Wednesday, August 9, 2006; Posted: 8:27 a.m. EDT (12:27 GMT)
WILDWOOD, Florida (AP) -- A man riding a personal watercraft was injured after a 4-foot-long sturgeon jumped out of the water and hit him, wildlife officials said.
Blake Nicholas Fessenden, 23, was heading north on the Suwannee River on Sunday when he was hit and fell off the craft, according to a statement from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Fessenden was knocked unconscious.
His girlfriend was riding another watercraft behind him and was able to get to Fessenden and hold his head above water before passengers on another vessel arrived to pull him from the water, officials said.
He was airlifted to a Gainesville hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, officials said.
A 31-year-old woman was hospitalized in April after a 3-foot-long sturgeon jumped into a boat being driven by the woman's fiance. The pair was also on the Suwannee River.
Officials at the time said similar accidents occur once or twice a year on the river and that the fish can jump as high as 8 feet in the air and can weigh up to 200 pounds.
yah im going to try wasserman again for some muskies, i guess my grandpa went with his freind 3 weeks ago to wasserman and they caught a 35 inch muskie they didnt want to tell me because i would be mad that ididnt go and see it. my parents didnt let me go because we had church.
Yeah I like sturgeon even more now. I could have used my own personal attack sturgeon while shore fishing the river the other day. Stupid jet skiers doing donuts right in front of me, I mean come on its a big river.
Even eminent chartered accountants are known, in their capacity as fishermen, blissfully to ignore differences between seven and ten inches, half a pound and two pounds, three fish and a dozen fish. ~ William Sherwood Fox, Silken Lines and Silver Hooks, 1954