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Sturgeon in Boston Harbor

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In 1834, that is. :D I found this passage in an article written by Nathaniel Hawthorne - the House of Seven Gables guy:

 

"In the summer only, the sturgeon is seen in Boston harbor, from six to nine feet in length, leaping from the water. The force with which it propels itself towards an object on the surface, carries it completely out. It is said, but with how much truth is not easy to determine, that it does not hesitate to leap out, in order to fall on another marine animal for the purpose of overcoming them by its weight. In this way, we are continually hearing of their falling into boats, when the weather is warm. "

 

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In 1834, that is. :D I found this passage in an article written by Nathaniel Hawthorne - the House of Seven Gables guy:

"In the summer only, the sturgeon is seen in Boston harbor, from six to nine feet in length, leaping from the water. The force with which it propels itself towards an object on the surface, carries it completely out. It is said, but with how much truth is not easy to determine, that it does not hesitate to leap out, in order to fall on another marine animal for the purpose of overcoming them by its weight. In this way, we are continually hearing of their falling into boats, when the weather is warm. "

 

that is when grain alcohol was popular

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We see big ones going airborne at the mouth of the Merrimack all summer. Always seems to be at low tide.

 

Yes i've seen a couple leap out at plum island and it was at low tide when i see them. I just don't know how to catch though i would be a great fight though if i ever hook up.

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I foul-hooked three this year from my boat. They were all 4-5 ft long and I had to chase them down. Since they are on the endangered species list, you cannot take them out of the water. Just had to get them close enough to pull the jig out.

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^^^This might be pure semantics - but I think the fact that you can't lift a sturgeon (or atlantic salmon) out of the water is a misunderstanding of the rules. The rules state that every attempt to release the fish unharmed and with the best chances of survival...common sense says that means releasing them while they are still in the water, but nothing says you can't lift the fish if you feel more comfortable for the fish's safety to secure the fish while dehooking him

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