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Spearfisherman lands 212-pound sturgeon

February 15, 2010 |  3:42 pm

A 212-pound sturgeon believed to be 100 years old was caught by a man spearfishing on the north shore of Wisconsin's Lake Winnebago on Saturday -- the opening day of the lake's spearing season.

Fox affiliate WLUK-TV reports that Appleton, Wis., resident Ron Grishaber, 60, used all of his rope and the help of three other people to land the record-size fish, believed to have hatched in 1910.

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources biologists had never seen the fish before, and will need to study samples taken to confirm the sturgeon's age.

If the female fish is found to be a centenarian, she would have laid approximately 11.4 million eggs in her lifetime, and would have become legal size for the Winnebago spear fishery in 1918 -- the year the United States entered World War I.

The previous Lake Winnebago record was a 188-pound sturgeon landed in 2004. The fish will also break the state record for lake sturgeon by spear, a 195-pounder caught in 1979.

While Grishaber would like to get the fish mounted for his wall, he said that he's unwilling to pay the $3,000 to $4,000 to have it done.

-- Kelly Burgess

Video credit: WLUK-TV

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