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Sturgeon fever

The West's white sturgeon is a poor man's swordfish that runs and jumps, and is fine-tasting fare.

Updated: August 17, 2005, 6:59 PM ET
By James A. Swan, Ph.D. | Author of "In Defense of Hunting"

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. — As hunting seasons wind down some sportsmen succumb to the postseason blues, a malady that can be treated by good books, visits to sportsman's shows and attending fund-raising dinners to buy hunts and trips for next year.

For sportsmen who live along the West Coast between Ensenada, Mexico, and Cook Inlet in Alaska, however, another more soul-possessing epidemic is spreading.

The symptoms are pronounced. In church, the afflicted can be seen with tide books ...

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