The largest fish I caught was a 52 inch, 44 pound sturgeon out of the Willamette river in Portland, Oregon. The fish tap the bait on the bottom of the river and I had to be patient before setting the hook. Once it was set, the sturgeon fought to stay on the bottom. It would come up a little, shake, and go back down. It was great fishing that day. Three of us caught 40 fish, 6 were legal keepers, between 42 inch and 60 inches long.