Talk about an actual prehistoric creature washing up ashore.
We all know sturgeons as some of the oldest creatures in the world, as their species dates back to the Jurassic period, some 174 to 201 million years ago.
So, needless to say, whenever you can get your eyes on one of these things, it’s a special sight.
With that being said, a rare Atlantic Sturgeon recently washed ashore of Assateague Island, an island off the eastern coast of the Delmarva Peninsula in the Atlantic Ocean.
At first glance, you would think this 37-inch creature is massive, but in all actuality, it’s pretty small in comparison to their normal size. They can get up to 160-pounds, as researchers have discovered in the rivers and tributaries of the Chesapeake Bay.
Not to mention, they can weigh over a thousand pounds in other parts of the world, according to FOX 5.
The Atlantic Sturgeon was overfished, and was listed as an endangered species back in 2012.
“Assateague …..seems like I am on a dead fish roll…..todays critter a 37 inch Atlantic Sturgeon.
A few interesting “facts” that I cannot personally verify, but believe have some basis in fact… Sturgeons once were so plentiful in the James river they were listed as a hindrance to navigation.
During the revolutionary war a soldier had his leg broken by a 10 ft sturgeon that leapt into his boat as he rowed across the Potomac at Georgetown. Near Jamestown the Powhatan tribe’s teenage boys had to ride the back of a sturgeon (as long as possible) as part of passage to adulthood.
While the meat is good to eat, the Sturgeon is, of course, best known for its eggs (caviar).”
So, if you ever happen to witness one of these creatures in person, just know that you’re looking at arguably the oldest creatures of the sea.
And believe it or not, this isn’t the first creature Allen has spotted on the shores of Assateague Island.
A few weeks back, he found a massive humpback whale:
12-Year Old Ties Idaho State Record With Massive Sturgeon
It’s always good to see young people getting into the great outdoors.
Seeing a young person having an amazing experience that they will remember forever makes it even better.
And then… hooking state record monsters makes it EVEN BETTER.
White Sturgeon are always amazing to see caught. Whether is a 350-pound from a kayak, a guide with a 10.5-footer, or a retired NHL player catching a beauty, these prehistoric-looking dinosaur fish are just incredible to witness.
A fish that can live to 100-years old and weigh up to 1,500 pounds, I would certainly be running to the river to try and catch one. Even if you don’t get a record catch, if its half way there its bigger than most fish.
According to KTVB, Tyler Grimshaw, a 12-year old from Idaho, tied the catch and release record for the state when he landed a 9-foot 11-inch Sturgeon.
Tyler went out fishing with his father and guide Joe Weisner, when he hooked into the beast and fought it for 50-minutes. Weisner was impressed by the catch of the day and state.
“A fish of this caliber, I mean, it doesn’t come around very often. I have caught and seen hundreds of these fish to my boat. It’s what I do for a living and this one was truly special … It’s an absolute giant.
“He stayed on that fish for 50 minutes, he was not giving up on it. He took the rod between his legs and he basically was squatting on the rod, just using his own body weight for leverage.”
Grimshaw the young fisherman that has been fishing for a while will definitely be even more hooked after this. He was pretty happy with the catch too.
“This fish was far bigger than anything I had seen before. I was at a loss for words.”
That’s what its all about.
A 12-year old getting a state record fish, something he will chase for the rest of his life now. Along with a story he will tell forever too.
Weisner and his crew measured the fish to confirm the record and they released it back into the river.
He summed it all up just perfectly.
“It’s just one of those moments, though, that it was truly, truly incredible”
Gotta love it.