9-year-old reels in 600 pound sturgeon
CHILLIWACK, British Columbia - A young boy in Canada has landed the catch of a lifetime in the form of a 600 pound sturgeon.
An official told ABC News that after a nearly two-hour struggle, 9-year-old Kegan Rothman reeled in a great white sturgeon with the help of his father and a fishing guide on June 29.
A spokesman from the Great White Fishing Adventures guide company called the hour and 45 minute fight and eventual catch a "nearly impossible feat".
"I've been a professional fishing guide on the Fraser [River] for 11 years and have fished these rivers my whole life. This is one of my largest fish I have help[ed] a client catch," said Great River Fishing Adventures guide Ben Trainer.
"With the size of this fish, I'd bet it's over 75 years old," he added.
Kegan, who stands only four feet tall and is a New Jersey resident, hooked into the fish and pulled into near to the bank of the river where Trainer examined it and estimated its weight to be around 600 pounds.
The sturgeon was released back into the river to continue its long life.
Prior to Monday's new record catch, Kegan told reporters had also caught a 120-pound sailfish while on vacation with his family in Mexico.
Over recent years, the Great River Fishing Adventures fishing tour company say they've caught four monster sturgeons including the largest one weighing in at nearly 1,100 pounds.