This fisherman didn’t get what he bargained for, but it was still a huge fish.
Christopher Begley, from Rogersville, Tennessee, was fishing for catfish recently when he caught a huge lake sturgeon, according to a Facebook post from the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.
“BIG FISH ALERT!” wildlife officials wrote on Facebook. “Wildlife Sgt. Brent Harrison sent this photo of angler Christopher Begley of Rogersville with a lake sturgeon he caught from the Horton Ford bridge on the Clinch River above Kyle’s Ford.”
IDAHO ANGLER RECLAIMS FISHING RECORD AFTER LOSING IT IN 2019
According to the post, Begley was using “cut suckers” for catfish bait. Instead, he reeled in the 61.5-inch (over 5 feet) sturgeon — with the help of his fiancée, Kathy Trent, officials wrote on Facebook.
Per Tennessee law, Begley released the sturgeon back into the river.
NORTH DAKOTA FISHERMAN REELS IN RECORD-BREAKING WALLEYE
According to the Facebook post, the sturgeon was almost 30 years old.