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March 2014

Part 4 - Fraser River Sturgeon

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I've really wanted to see a sturgeon up close for many years and having watched a few TV programmes it seems that the Fraser River is an excellent place, so I booked a guide and hoped I might catch one - my expectations were exceeded!

A misty start and our craft for the day...

 
  


My first ever sturgeon at 41 inches long and weighing about 20 lbs...
 

 


Merger of the murky Fraser and clear Harrison rivers...


 


Close up...


 

Sharp scoots run down their flanks - hence the sturdy gloves...

 




A larger 5 foot 1.5 inch specimen, it weighs about 70 lbs...






Fantastic barbels...


 



Smallest of the day at just over 2 feet and weighing less than 6 lbs, but still beautiful...

 


Some very welcome sun and blue sky in a stunningly tranquil setting, we also had rain, hail, mist and pretty much everything in between...


 

Wearing a 'man-gina' to protect my groin and give some relief to my arms (I think I've said that the right way round)...


 

The really big ones had to be beached and never left the water...


 


My largest of the day...





6 and a half feet long and weighing 137 lbs...





The mouth is a large solid bony plate...





All the fish were released gently after being recorded for the Fraser River Sturgeon Conservation Society...





Passing the anchor chain...


 


Another beauty... the fish that is...


 


Snowy mountains in the distance...






Staying with another released fish a privileged experience...





Yves the guide...






Remains from last autumn's salmon run...




Last fish of the day at 80 lbs...





Chip scanner to record the fish identity to see if it's been caught before and the paper records of all 9 fish landed to pass to the Fraser River Sturgeon Conservation Society...
   






Yves driving the boat back on to the ramp - it turned out that the truck was stuck in the sand and couldn't pull the trailer out, so he had to land it again, but with me in the truck driving forward as the boat went on to the trailer and using that push to move the truck too - great fun!




 

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