Lacombe angler Brandi Bevans-Jacobi has done it again.
Bevans-Jacobi made headlines in the Advocate back in March 2008 when she reeled in a 6.8-kg (15-pound) jackfish while fishing on Gull Lake.
This past Thursday evening, the veteran angler made the catch of a lifetime, hauling in a 13.2-kilogram (29-pound) sturgeon at an undisclosed location on the North Saskatchewan River.
The impressive creature measured about 1.24 metres (49 inches) from nose to tail, and Bevans said the battle was ‘very intense.’
“We fought for about 20 minutes,” she said. “It was quite a fight, for sure. I’m feeling it today.”
Bevans-Jacobi said she released the sturgeon after posing for a quick photo opportunity.
One of the oldest families of fish, sturgeon are distinctive for their elongated bodies, lack of scales, and great size.
Sturgeons ranging from two to 3.5 metres in length are common, and some species grow up to 5.5 metres.
Most sturgeons are bottom-feeders, spawning upstream and feeding in river deltas and estuaries. While some are entirely freshwater, the rarely venture into the open ocean beyond coastal areas.