June 14, 2014 7:30 pm

U.S. tourists catch giant sturgeon on the Fraser River

VANCOUVER – A couple of out-of-town anglers got the catch of a lifetime this week.

Ron Jarvis and his son, Paul, of Atlanta, Georgia, arrived in B.C. on Thursday and during their first trip on the Fraser River, 19-year old-Paul Jarvis caught a massive white, untagged sturgeon.

It was 3.61 metres long – that’s 11 feet 10 inches. It weighed around 400 kg.

This is the fourth giant sturgeon caught on the Fraser in less than two years.

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“We didn’t know what to expect, we thought ‘oh this is going to be a big fish,” said Paul. “And the second we set the hook it jumped out of the water towards us, so it looked like a shark jumping out to eat something.”

“It was an incredible view and I will never forget the way that fish looked like when it jumped out of the water.”

Ron told Global News it reminded him of the Jaws ride at Universal Studios in Florida.

Paul said it was amazing how much willpower it took for him to hold on to the line and it took about one hour before the sturgeon became tired enough to stop thrashing around.

The duo had their photo taken with the giant fish before releasing it.

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