They say a picture is better than a thousand words, so you may want to take a gander at the attachments before reading further. I'm not sure what to say. When that fish hit and was jumping completely out of the water 50 yards from the boat we knew something was a bit quirky. It was big and it jumped, that's all we knew. I figured it could be a snagged asian, but I've never seen one of those fellers jump so I knew it was unlikely. We fought that dinosaur for 10 minutes and it ran upstream to the side of the boat and jumped again.....just far enough away where we couldn't see it -- not that we would have identified it anyway. A few stressful minutes later we had it boat side and finally got a peak. I suspect I blacked out for a few moments as I could not believe we had a freakin' lake sturgeon (I think). I've never heard anyone really talk about catching one, so we weren't quite sure what to do with it. Needless to say it didn't fit in the net as they don't bend very well. So, I did what anyone would do -- stuck my hand it's mouth (or whatever you call it) and wenched it aboard. It was a fairly surreal moment staring at that prehistoric creature laying in the bottom of the boat. It beat us up a bit while we snapped a few shots and I made a phone call to my buddy to see what a record may be (turns out Missouri doesn't recognize sturgeon as a gamefish or something of that nature). I know folks catch them up to 400 pounds, but that's the Snake River. Anyway, we released her unharmed to live and eat shad parts and insect larvae for the next 100 years. I think it's interesting to note we didn't extract one ounce of caviar. He, she, it (whatever it was) ended up measuring 58 inches long with a girth of 29. We weighed it on my bass pro scales and it sat about 60lbs. I have no idea how accurate that is as we could barely get her off the floor.....nor are those scales easy to hold. I would certainly be interested in hearing about other folks experiences with this creature. I'm not sure if this was the proverbial "finding a needle in the haystack", or is everyone belting lake sturgeon and it's really no big deal. I still don't know what to think.