- Sports and Recreation
Is One Fish or a Million More Important Than One Child?
Fish or People
What are Sturgeon? They are a large fish, they are beautiful to look at and jump through the air. Here in Gilchrist County, Florida, you will find them where the Suwannee meets the Santa Fe River. I have never eaten one, but my fish book states they are the number one fish for best taste. I would guess some are 250 to 300 lbs.
If anyone remembers the Scott Peterson case it was the fish he was suppose to fish for. The experts proved him wrong because you could not catch a fish that size with a tiny hook. The expert also stated you would need a pound roast to catch one, that means a bigger hook.
About three weeks ago we had a 5 year old get killed by a sturgeon. A week latter we had more people get hurt. My husband and I came very close last year to getting pushed out of the boat, so we stayed away this year till sturgeon season is over. I honestly can not understand why we can not catch them and get them thinned out.
A woman was hit by a sturgeon that jumped at the Santa Fe River. The sturgeon caused the lady to suffer a fracture from the nose up. It is said the lady had to have a ten hour surgery.
The sturgeon are more common during the heat of the summer. The ones found on the Suwannee River where the 5 year old child was killed can be bigger than 200 pounds and 8 feet in length. The little girls mother, father, and brother were also injured.
The Ban On Sturgeon Fishing
Should The Ban On Sturgeon Fishing Be Lifted?
There are 25 species of sturgeon fish. Most of the fish feed off the bottom. The Sturgeon spawn upstream. Some like the ones by our house spawn in spring. They are considered to be endangered, threatened species.
This spieces supply Caviar from the eggs. Sturgeon are related to the paddlefish.The Sacramento sturgeon from the Pacific coast are the largest and can weigh up to 1800 pounds. Now, that is a good size fish.
People Should Come First
I believe the ban on the sturgeon fishing should be lifted in this part of Fl. I think we should be able to catch and eat them for awhile. I hope people vote and let me know what you think? People are so much important than a fish.
I myself, thoroughly admit I like watching these fish in the summer months. They jump so beautiful and you can see the muscular part of their body and see how strong they really are, but I would forgo that to save a child. I was in the boat when one nearly jumped in the boat and I almost fell out. You will hear a snapping sound a split second before they jump out of the water. If they do not lift the ban and it could go either way, I would make some personal changes.
I know that if it would have been my child that got killed I would like the ban lifted and let people keep the fish and thin some of them out. What has happened to the safety of people first?
Tips for Safety during Sturgeon Season
* do not bring small children on the river
` make sure everyone wears life jackets
` if you must fish, be on the lookout
` better to fish on the bank
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The Santa Fe River
Suwannee River Bell Florida
The Suwannee river and the Santa Fe River meet near Bell.