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Rich Thorpe of Bedford, Mass.; Peter Howard of Stockholm, Wis.; and Jon Falch of Peyton, Colo. (from left) get into the water with an 8-foot-plus white sturgeon they teamed up to land July 15 on the Columbia River near Portland, Ore., while fishing with Oregon sturgeon guide Charlie Foster of Northwest Sturgeon Adventures. By law, "oversize" white sturgeon measuring 60 inches or longer can't be brought into the boat so anglers often get right into the water with the fish for photos. (Brad Dokken photo)

TAG-TEAM FISHING: Wrangling with white sturgeon on the Columbia River

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ON THE COLUMBIA RIVER, Ore. -- We knew the fish was big by the way line peeled off the reel, but not until it burst from the water in an explosion of spray and fins and power, did we realize just how big.


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