What better way to promote team building than going on a fishing trip, catching a 1,000-pound prehistoric fish and then lifting it out of the water for an awesome photo that shows the creature’s massiveness? No, it doesn’t it get any better than this:
Reg Devick, Norm Daley, Sandra Blair, Dirk Vanderkooi, fishing guide Jeff (from Great River Fishing Adventures), and Curtis Mattenley hold up the 1,000-pound sturgeon caught on the Fraser River in B.C.
As it turned out, only four of the 30 employees from Daley & Company Chartered Accountants from Kamloops, B.C., took turns reeling in this 1,000-pound-plus sturgeon, but the whole experience will be one none of them will forget. Especially company owner Norman Daley, who hooked the behemoth fish that was twice his height and five times heavier than he.
“That thing was huge!” Daley said. “In the first few minutes with it on the line, I thought my arms were going to fall off or I would end up in the river.
“About 15 minutes into the battle, I had to hand the rod off to my colleague, then after another 15, he handed it off to our other teammate; managing that fish quickly became a true team effort. There is no way that just one or even two people were going to get that fish to the boat. It was truly a team effort.”
Fishing the Fraser River in a boat with a guide from Great River Fishing Adventures, the four anglers managed to bring the beast to shore in about 50 minutes, with other “teammates” looking on from afar.
The sturgeon measured 11 feet, 8 inches in length and had a 5-foot girth. It was very much reminiscent of the sturgeon caught and released in the same Fraser River back in July. That one was 12-feet, 4-inches long and weighed an estimated 1,100 pounds. But this one was 6 inches fatter and could very well have weighed more.
There is no way to accurately weigh a fish this big unless it is killed. Estimated weights are based on charts created by the Fraser River Conservation Society using girth and length measurements.
After the Daley group worked together to measure and tag the sturgeon, the fish was released alive and the team-building trip was deemed a success.
“In an economy when even the government has a Net Zero policy, keeping our team happy and motivated is tough,” Daley said. “A trip like this brings us all together to celebrate an unforgettable and unique experience. We’ll never forget it.”