Heres an article that I found that I thought all the sturgeon fishers should read. To be honest after our last catch - I emailed one of the members because I wondered about taking the sturgeon into the sand. I worried about the sand getting into the sturgeons gills and I wondered if that could be at all harmful - as I did NOT want to harm these beautiful fish in any way. And the member told me that- The Sturgeons gills are its weak points and avoid that area and getting sand in there. And the member also mentioned to me that noosing was really not good for them either. Mindu we definitely DID NOT noose the fish and pull him in backwards!!! Which I would hope people DO NOT DO. We started the engine after the fish was tired out and VERY VERY slowly pulled him to shore with the hook in his mouth. We took him to shore and lightly attached the SOFT rope to his tail for the photo only! Anyways I found this article a good one and thought we should all read!