A Canadian teenager recently hooked a massive 20-foot “living dinosaur” fish while out for a casual day with friends.
Jacob Bergen, a 17-year-old from British Columbia, Canada, was out fishing with friends on the Fraser River when he caught a 20-foot white sturgeon. However, the teen didn’t keep the monstrous fish for his trophy wall. He snapped a few pictures of the sturgeon and sent it swimming away.
Expert Angler Lands Massive Fish
Furthermore, Newsweek notes that Bergen isn’t some amateur angler. His knowledge of the fish is actually quite impressive, saying that researchers refer to the white sturgeon as a “prehistoric” creature. This means they have been in existence since the Early Cretaceous period, which was more than 100 million years ago.
Additionally, Bergen explains his impressive catch’s anatomy. The fish also has something called scutes, which are bony plates that cover the sturgeon’s body, making this creature built for battle.
“Unlike most fish, sturgeons have no bones,” the teen said. “Their strong, unique shape is made up of cartilage and tough meat. On top of that is a thick skin that is hard to penetrate. These scutes, along with a super-thick skin, serve as the sturgeon’s armor.”
Jacob Bergen says that his fishing obsession began when he was a boy, and he would go out with his father, but the hobby has since turned into a way of life.
“I was introduced to fishing at a very young age by my dad. I grew up fishing and then turned my hobby into a lifestyle. My favorite place to fish is on the Fraser River. It’s my home.”
The Fraser River
However, the day that Bergen caught the 20-foot fish, he reveals that it wasn’t the only sturgeon that landed at the end of his line. Although, it was the only one to gain monster status.
The angler is part of a group that collects data on the white sturgeon population by tagging the fish before releasing them back into the wild.
“We don’t raise the fish; we catch, tag (collect data), and release them,” he said. “There is a group of people who collect data to watch the white sturgeon population grow. They learn more about the fish, what areas they are in certain times of the year, how much they grow a year, and if they are healthy or injured.”
The Fraser River is a sturgeon hotspot, with a plethora of food and strict catch and release rules that preserve their numbers. The Great River Fishing website also says that it is quite easy to catch several sturgeon a day in the area.
“The river and its many tributaries have one of the largest and most stable populations of sturgeon, and this can be attributed to the year-round abundance of food and conservation efforts by offering a catch and release fishery. During peak periods of the main season, the sturgeon gorge themselves on the abundance of food present in the system, and it is not uncommon [for fishermen] to hook into 10 to 20 sturgeon a day.”