My wife and I recently traveled to Vancouver Island, and on the way back, we were lucky enough to spend a day with Sturgeon Slayers (www.SturgeonSlayers.com) to go after the prehistoric White Sturgeon! We spent the day on a jet boat on the Fraser River with our guide for the day, Tony. Tony's expertise on the river was evident, and it was a real treat to learn the history of the area as well as more info about the White Sturgeon.
I had always seen the fish on television fishing shows, but nothing could compare to the feeling of having one of those beasts on the end of your line! Within minutes of moving to our first spot, we had some fish playing with our hooks, and the first Sturgeon of my life on the end of my line. The sheer power of even a "smaller" fish ("smaller" in Sturgeon terms seems less than 5 ft!). My arms were a little sore, but it was well worth it to bring one of these river dinosaurs to hand for the first time!
I would just like to thank Kevin and Tony from Sturgeon Slayers for one of the most memorable days of fishing my wife and I have ever had! Their knowledge, professionalism, and excellent conservation work were on display for the entire trip. If anyone is interested, there are several articles, websites, and television programs showing the great work these people and groups are doing to manage and assess White Sturgeon populations in British Columbia! Catch, Record, Release!