Michael and Margaret Snell, a retired British couple vacationing in B.C. have what could be the one of largest fish ever caught on a rod and reel in North America! The couple was on a guided fishing trip for sturgeon on the Fraser River in Chilliwack, where after a 90-minute battle they pulled in a sturgeon that was nearly four meters long and weighed about 500 kilograms (that’s over 1100 pounds)!
“You’re there waiting for the rod to go and all of a sudden it plunges down then you strike, and it’s on,” Michael Snell said. “I got my wife, Margaret, to hang on to me. ‘Hang on to my belt,’ I said, ‘Because if it pulls, I want to stay in the boat.”
The white sturgeon is the largest freshwater fish species in North American and can live up to 100 years or more. The fish was not tagged suggesting it had not been caught in nearly 20 years and was released to fight another day.