Kegan Rothman certainly won for catch of the day when he reeled in a rare, 600lb white sturgeon in Chilliwack, British Columbia.
For most fishermen, this would even win for catch of a lifetime.
Kegan had a very special reason to try to catch this fish. His incredible story is detailed below:
Kegan Rothman hooked the 600-pound fish on June 29 just hours into the week-long chartered fishing trip his father had taken him on as a reward for getting good grades at school.
Coincidentally enough, one of Rothman’s favorite subjects in science class was the link between sturgeon, which date back more than 200 million years, and prehistoric times.
Rothman, his dad and Great River Fishing Adventures guide Ben Trainer worked together to accomplish the ‘nearly impossible feat’ of hauling in the fish, according to ABC.
With their help, the four-foot boy was somehow able to get the ten-foot fish over to shore so it could be examined before being released back into the river.
Officials guessed it was over 75 years old based on the estimated weight.
Trainer said: ‘I’ve been a professional fishing guide on the Fraser [River] for 11 years and have fished these rivers my whole life.
‘This is one of my largest fish I have help[ed] a client catch.’
The size of his haul wasn’t the only thing that captured Rothman’s attention, the CBC reported.
He said: ’I got interested in dinosaurs because in science we were studying what happened to them.
‘They’re such amazing species and not very many people have an interest in them right now.
‘I wanted to catch a sturgeon because they are a living dinosaur from the Jurassic period.’
The fish had to be released because white sturgeon are protected under the federal Species At Risk Act due to their endangered status.
The boy did not mind doing his part to help the ancient fish survive.
His father, Dan Rothman, said: ‘Kegan] had remarked to me that he was happy about being able to return the fish.
‘The fish will grow and the species will grow, and I’m grateful that he has that instilled in him and that he thinks that way.’
Amazing job, Kegan. I am just curious though, can your dad lend you out for fishing trips? The last few times my son and boyfriend went out they caught nothing, and I feel like you’re a pretty good luck charm. In all seriousness, I appreciate your love for the species and the way you let him go was just beautiful. Congrats, Kegan, and many years of happy fishing to you.
H/T: Daily Mail