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Chinese Angler Hooks Gigantic 1,360 lb. Kaluga Fish

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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.

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from Blue Ox wrote 1 year 47 weeks ago

This fis was on River Monsters a couple weeks ago...

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from Blue Ox wrote 1 year 47 weeks ago

fish

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from dighunter wrote 1 year 47 weeks ago

I think we're gonna need a bigger...stringer!

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 1 year 47 weeks ago

The sturgeon in the Columbia River system used to atain those dimensions ... before the dams were put in. I have seen a photo of one pulled in with a logging chain near Boise that completely filled a horse-drawn freight wagon. It was reputedly 1500 lbs.

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 1 year 47 weeks ago

It's great that they have kept it alive. Well, I guess it's greater than killing the thing. Probably a couple hundred years old.

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from TAM9492 wrote 1 year 47 weeks ago

I too saw this fish species on River Monsters.

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from Muleynut30.06 wrote 1 year 47 weeks ago

I saw this story last week with this exact video and they said it was causght it Russia? Now I'm starting to think this is a crap story

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from Muleynut30.06 wrote 1 year 47 weeks ago

I saw this story last week with this exact video and they said it was causght it Russia? Now I'm starting to think this is a crap story

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 1 year 47 weeks ago

Doesn't look like a fake to me! And, yes, sturgeon can be kept alive out of water for quite a long time. Dad would catch big ones, tie them to the top of the car, drive home, and throw them in a stock tank for several days till mud sifted out of them. Tasted a lot better that way.

Since the place is on the border with Russia I guess it might have been possible that the fishermen were from China but it was actually caught in Russian waters.

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from bassman06 wrote 1 year 47 weeks ago

He's not ugly... That is an impressive catch. What did they use for a fishing hook? A crane's hook?

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from Blue Ox wrote 1 year 47 weeks ago

This fis was on River Monsters a couple weeks ago...

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from Blue Ox wrote 1 year 47 weeks ago

fish

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from dighunter wrote 1 year 47 weeks ago

I think we're gonna need a bigger...stringer!

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 1 year 47 weeks ago

The sturgeon in the Columbia River system used to atain those dimensions ... before the dams were put in. I have seen a photo of one pulled in with a logging chain near Boise that completely filled a horse-drawn freight wagon. It was reputedly 1500 lbs.

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 1 year 47 weeks ago

It's great that they have kept it alive. Well, I guess it's greater than killing the thing. Probably a couple hundred years old.

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from TAM9492 wrote 1 year 47 weeks ago

I too saw this fish species on River Monsters.

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from Muleynut30.06 wrote 1 year 47 weeks ago

I saw this story last week with this exact video and they said it was causght it Russia? Now I'm starting to think this is a crap story

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from Muleynut30.06 wrote 1 year 47 weeks ago

I saw this story last week with this exact video and they said it was causght it Russia? Now I'm starting to think this is a crap story

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 1 year 47 weeks ago

Doesn't look like a fake to me! And, yes, sturgeon can be kept alive out of water for quite a long time. Dad would catch big ones, tie them to the top of the car, drive home, and throw them in a stock tank for several days till mud sifted out of them. Tasted a lot better that way.

Since the place is on the border with Russia I guess it might have been possible that the fishermen were from China but it was actually caught in Russian waters.

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from bassman06 wrote 1 year 47 weeks ago

He's not ugly... That is an impressive catch. What did they use for a fishing hook? A crane's hook?

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