Anglers for a cause have monster day: Biologists in Idaho track white sturgeon for a living. Good gig. Serious stuff. But even researchers don’t mind the bragging rights that come when the amazing happens.

How amazing? In one week, fisheries biologists caught not one, not two, but three monster sturgeon—each more than 10-feet long. Two of three were caught on the same day and had never been tagged before. No wonder these anglers were all smiles.

How rare a feat is this? In more than three decades of capturing and tagging sturgeon in Hells Canyon, fewer than 10 of them exceeded 10 feet in length, Fisheries Regional Manager Joe DuPont wrote in a December 27 blog. It had been more than five years since any 10-footer had been reeled in.

Find Joe’s happy report, all true of course, at