Osceola, Arkansas - Billy Robertson was fishing with
nightcrawlers Oct. 29 2006 in the Mississippi River near Osceola when he
landed the state-record shovelnose sturgeon.
Billy Robertson and his 3 pound shovelnose
His catch – 3 pounds – topped the previous record of 2 pounds, 4
ounces taken in 2002 from the White River by Houston Eichelmann of
Robertson, of Osceola, had caught several nice catfish from a
sandbar when the record struck.
“I didn’t know (sturgeon) would take worms,” Robertson said. “I’d
never even seen one till my nephew caught one a few months earlier.
His was almost three times as big as the one I caught. Then I went
out and caught this one.”
The fight didn’t last long.
“I thought it was a gar at first,” Robertson said. “They don’t put
up any fight at all. Even the one that my nephew caught didn’t put
up a fight. The hardest part is getting them off your hook. They
have scales that come to a point like needles – you just can’t get a
hold of ’em.”
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