May 21, 2012
Chinese Angler Hooks Gigantic 1,360 lb. Kaluga Fish
By Chad Love
Ever heard of a "Kaluga Fish?" Me, neither. But they apparently get very, very big...
From this story on 11alive.com:
The classic line when someone says they've caught a big fish is "pics or it didn't happen." Well this one did happen. A 1,360 pound sturgeon was caught by fishermen in China's Heilongjiang River this week. The type of sturgeon, known as a Kaluga, or is sometimes called a river beluga, and is claimed to be the largest freshwater fish in the world.
It is found in the Amur River basin in the border areas of northeastern China and eastern Russia. The Kaluga has a maxiumum size of about 2,200 pounds and can grow up to 18 feet long. The fish was caught Tuesday at Tongjiang, a city that borders Russia in northeast China.
Wow. That's a "Hook Shots" episode just waiting to happen.