Ron Jarvis (L) and his 19-year-old son Paul Jarvis pose with the 11 foot 10 inch sturgeon that Paul caught on June 12, 2014. Ron and Paul were visiting British Columbia from Atlanta. It was their first time fishing together. (Courtesy: Peak Communicators)
ATLANTA (CBS46) -
Father and son Don and Paul Jarvis of Atlanta decided to take their first fishing trip together over Father's Day weekend, and reeled in way more than they expected.
The Jarvises, who are avid fishermen, left for a trip on the Fraser River in British Columbia, Canada on Thursday. On their very first morning fishing, 19-year-old Paul hooked a catch of a lifetime.
At the end of his line, an enormous sturgeon. Measuring 11'10" long and 56" around. It's estimated the fish weighs over 880 pounds.
"In the first few minutes I had it on the line I couldn't believe the weight and power of the fish. I am a big guy and I could barely hold on to the rod let alone begin to reel the fish," explained the younger Jarvis who stands 6'3" and weighs 250 pounds. "Managing that fish became a true father and son challenge. As I battled the fish my dad handed me water to keep hydrated and he even held on to my fighting belt and harness. When I saw that head come out of the water it was massive."
The pair got help from the boat's lead guide, and even still, it took them more than an hour to bring in the monstrous fish.
"I was looking to make the first fishing trip with my son memorable," said Ron Jarvis. "This fishing trip has been a wonderful bonding experience. It's a great Father's Day weekend and a unique adventure we'll never forget."
The Fraser River is known for giant sturgeons. The Jarvises caught the fourth one in less than two years. In 2012, a British fisherman snagged one measuring 12'4".
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