A company that runs sturgeon fishing trips on British Columbia’s Fraser River is worried about the upcoming season after one of their jet boats was stolen.
River Monster Adventures operates in B.C., but the owners live in the Alder Flats, Alta., area, about 159 kilometres southwest of Edmonton.
“I woke up this morning, went into the backyard and realized something was missing,” owner Jeff Grimolfson said on Friday. “Sure enough, my boat was gone.”
The team of 10 takes about 300 groups every year to B.C. to chase massive sturgeons. Grimolfson said they’re big with bachelor parties and corporate retreats, and he’s worried about being able to keep the groups he’s already got booked for the season that starts on April 1.
“Without it, it’s too much of a risk of us losing business and there’s also a guide that will be out of a job as well.
The boat is described as a “candy apple red” silver Outlaw 21-foot clear water jet boat. There are decals that read Rivermonster.ca on both sides and the registry numbers “C25360A.”
It’s worth about $80,000.
Grimolfson said it usually takes him more than 10 minutes to back in and get the trailer attached, so he doesn’t think this is something that was done quickly.
“There was a lock on the trailer as well,” he said. “Some local co-workers think it’s somebody from the surrounding area who scoped it out and planned it out.”
WATCH BELOW: River Monster Adventures guide Nick McCabe reeled in the legendary “Pig Nose” sturgeon, a ten-foot-long fish outside of Lytton, B.C.
For now, Grimolfson will try and get another boat that needed a lot of work ready for the season. He said he’s been in contact with insurance, but he’s not sure how everything is going to play out.
“We’re definitely nerve wracked about being down a boat, for sure.”
Breton/Thorsby RCMP believe the boat was taken between Feb. 21 and Feb. 23. Grimolfson said he or his wife was home, other than the long weekend.
Anyone with information is asked to call the RCMP at 780-789-3951. Tips can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online.