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Sturgeon leaps, lands in fishing boat

November 5, 2013 7:01pm

A 100-pound sturgeon in the boat. Credit: Hopewell News

A 100-pound sturgeon in the boat. Credit: Hopewell News

Here’s an awesome piece by Blake Belden in the Hopewell News about a sturgeon that jumped into a fishing boat on the Appomattox River back at the end of October. One quibble: This paragraph wasn’t quite true.

“After calling the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, Barker said that, although he frequently witnesses sturgeons jumping out of the water on the river, he was told this was the first time there was any official documentation of one landing in someone’s boat.”

I wrote a column in the T-D about the exact same phenomenon in the fall of 2007. I imagine, with sturgeon numbers increasing in the James, this could become a more common occurrence.

About Andy Thompson

I was the Outdoors Columnist at the Times-Dispatch from 2007 to 2013, writing twice a week about mountain biking, fishing, hunting, paddling and much more. I live a 1/4 mile from the James River, close enough to see bald eagles soaring over my house on their way to find a meal. Pretty cool, eh?