Species Spotlight: White Sturgeon
Species: White Sturgeon
Latin Name: Acipenser Transmontanus
Maximum Size: Average 100lb but they have been recorded up to 1,799lb
Description: The White Sturgeon is a prehistoric-looking leviathan that inhabits the waters of North America and Canada. This monster of the rivers is normally a grey colour with brown specimens also being recorded, with its long snout and super sensitive barbules this is one fish that can be mistaken for no other. The Sturgeons body is long and instead of having scales this fish has bony plates making it a lot harder to be on any predators menu. The body of the Sturgeon is finished off with a sleek almost Shark like tail making this one super powerful and formidable adversary for any angler.
Where to catch: The Fraser River In Canada is one of the best places to target White Sturgeon and here at Sportquest Holidays we can offer you the chance to duel with the this Jurassic beast and enable you to sample the thrill of hooking a White Sturgeon.
Average Size: Average 100lb but they have been recorded up to 1,799lb.
Habitat: The White Sturgeon lives predominately in the large Estuarine waters of the big rivers of North America but when spawning these fish will migrate long distances into the freshwater areas of these vast expanses of water laying their eggs before moving back to the estuarine areas.
Fishing Methods: The White Sturgeon is not a hard species to locate and hook in to, the hard part begins once it is hooked. This fish will run like a steam train and jump to try to shake the hooks making for a spectacular fight. This fish will be found in deep soft-bottomed areas of the estuaries where it will be feeding on mainly fish with Herring, Shad, Salmon and Crustaceans being firm favourites in their diets.
Fishing for Sturgeon is best done from a boat, using up-tide tackle and fishing static fish baits. You will anxiously wait for your lead to trip and the line to start peeling off your reel at a ferocious speed as the monster from below becomes hooked. Be prepared for a long fight and do not try to bully your fish in. Sturgeons are a phenomenally strong fish and by trying to get the fish in before it is tired could prove to be very costly. Many of these fish are lost due to this.
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