Just a little story from long ago. Back in the 60's my buddy and I were bar fishing the Fraser near Agassiz.
Back in those days you were allowed to keep one sturgeon but the minium size was 36".
I caught one about 40" long and I am sad to say we bonked it and took it back to my Grandmother to cook some steaks for dinner.
Sturgeon by the way is a very good table fish.
Anyway, long story short, just after that my buddies rod which was propped up in some rocks on the **** started bouncing and being pulled down towards the river. He ran over and grabbed it just as it was about to go for a swim.
He gave the sturdy 8 ft.trout rod a mighty strike and a sturgeon abut 6 or 7 feet long jumped out of the water, snapping his light line and leaving him with a wide open mouth for about 15 minutes.
And if that wasn't enough excitement for one day, a few minutes later a logging boom boat was chugging up the river and just after it went by a sturgeon breached that was longer than the boom boat.
The funny thing about it was that as it breached it rolled over while turning it's underbelly to us.
It was about 100 meters away from us and we both turned to one another and said in unison " did you see the size of the a$$hole on that fish?
The fish was at least 10 or 12 feet long---longer than the boom boat--and the weight is anybodys guess,but I figure close to 1000 lbs.
I can still see that fish as if it was yesterday.