With responsible boys, we get a fish story for the ages

Two boys, two fishing rods and one heck of a summer fish story.

Logan Sigmon and Conner Sauve experienced a fish story that will last them forever when the two hooked into a sturgeon in the Thunder Bay River earlier this month.

Sturgeon, a prehistoric, bottom-feeding fish, can grow to great weight and lengths. While not foreign to the Thunder Bay River, they aren’t seen all that often and certainly aren’t commonly caught.

Reading a story this week by James Anderson of the two’s successful catch and release, and the maturity the two showed by acting as a team to problem-solve real dilemmas in landing, and then keeping the fish alive, was a story right out of the best fishing magazines.

A U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist who eventually assisted the boys estimated the sturgeon to weigh about 20 pounds, was about four feet in length, and probably would have been between 8 and 14 years old.

Sigmon actually caught the fish and battled it back and forth while Sauve manned the net and eventually jumped into the river to help get the fish out of the water and onto the bank, where the the two celebrated with congratulatory photographs before releasing it back into the river.

In a world today where all too often we read only about youth spending too much time indoors playing video games, here was an upbeat story reminiscent of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn on the Mississippi.

Congratulations Logan and Conner for the best fish story we’ve read in quite awhile.