There’s “The Old Man and the Sea” and then there’s the young boy and the river — and the latter is a tale that even Hemingway would approve of.
After a nearly two-hour struggle, Kegan Rothman, 9, reeled in a great white sturgeon estimated at 600 pounds with the help of his father and a fishing guide on June 29 in Chilliwack, British Columbia, an official told ABC News today.
“It is the most excitement I’ve ever had with a fish. It was so hard to hold onto the rod. I thought the fish was going to pull me into the water,” Kegan told Great River Fishing Adventures.
On his first day out on the water on vacation, Kegan’s rod dipped into the water and he didn’t back down from the ensuing fight.
He, his father and Great River Fishing Adventures guide Ben Trainer spent the next hour and 45 minutes reeling in their catch in a “nearly impossible feat,” said Matthew Clive, a spokesman for Great River Fishing Adventures.