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Trip of a Lifetime: Georgia Dad, Son Catch Monster Fish Weighing 884 Pounds

Father's Day weekend fishing trip to Canada was first time dad and son had ever fished together.

Ron and Paul Jarvis of Atlanta fight a monster sturgeon. YouTube screenshot
Ron and Paul Jarvis of Atlanta fight a monster sturgeon. YouTube screenshot

A Father’s Day weekend fishing expedition to Canada became a trip to remember for an Atlanta dad and son.

Ron and Paul Jarvis were fishing the Fraser River in British Columbia with Great River Fishing Adventures when Paul, 19, hooked into a monster white sturgeon on Thursday, June 12, the first day of a three-day trip. The fish was 11 feet, 10 inches long and weighed 884 pounds, and is the subject of a YouTube video that has drawn more than 50,000 views.

The fishing charter company said it was the first time Paul, “an avid angler,” had ever fished with his dad.

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Paul fought the fish for more than an hour before it was tagged and let go. It was the fourth sturgeon over 11 feet long caught by the Great River Fishing clients on the Fraser River in the past two years.

The white sturgeon is a protected species, according to this Newsy report.

Ron Jarvis said he booked the trip on the Fraser River on the advice of a Washington guide company because he was looking for the fishing trip of a lifetime.

He found it.

“They suggested that the biggest fish were in Canada on the Fraser River,” Ron Jarvis told the Great River Fishing Adventures blog. “I knew the trip was going to be great, but never thought we’d hook a 900-pound sturgeon.”

Georgians know a little bit about record fish. The world record largemouth bass (broken in 2009) was caught by George Perry in 1932 on an Ocmulgee River oxbow lake in central Georgia. That fish weighed a mere 22.25 pounds.

MaryLynn Bertetto June 19, 2014 at 06:31 PM
That was an awe inspiring fish, wasn't it? What is the purpose of tagging?
Gilbert R Albright Jr June 19, 2014 at 08:45 PM
I have much praise for these guys for letting the fish go. I'm so sick of idiots catching big fish and then killing them by trotting them around as a trophy to impress others and then throwing them in the trash. Senseless.
MaryLynn Bertetto June 20, 2014 at 09:52 AM
Thanks!
Charles Nelson Reilly June 26, 2014 at 09:41 AM
That fish weighs as much as me!!
RON Ostrodamus July 08, 2014 at 03:39 PM
Unbelievable! Happy to see the old fish survived, these aptly termed dinosaurs are highly endangered by poachers in Russia.

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