Sturgeon are a prehistoric-looking fish. Their hard, bony plates (aka diamonds) almost make them look like an alligator in the water. Despite their chunky, heavy look, they somehow have the strength and agility to jump out of the water. When they do, it’s a breathtaking site. I had the pleasure last year of catching one in San Pablo Bay, just north of San Francisco. I caught three with a big one that measured over six feet long.

Sounds pretty cool, but my catch pales in comparison to that of nine-year-old Keegan Rothman. Young Keegan was on vacation with his family in the Chilliwack area of British Columbia, Canada. He and his dad went fishing with guide Ben Trainer of Great River Fishing Adventures when he made the catch of a lifetime. Learn the details of young Keegan’s amazing catch in this article from ABC News.

sturgeon600_keeganThere’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.

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Photos, video: Great River Fishing Adventures