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The Sturgeon Hunter

Updated: August 25, 2008, 4:58 PM ET
By John Holyoke | Courtesy of the Bangor Daily News

BANGOR, Maine — Back in 2005, local angler Keith Bates gained a bit of local notice when he inadvertently hooked, landed and released a shortnose sturgeon while fishing for striped bass in the Penobscot River.

The fish, which nobody really knew even existed in the Penobscot, was estimated at 5 to 5 1/2 feet long. As it turned out, it didn't take long before folks from Orono to Washington, D.C., started paying attention as well.

"That kind of prompted us to say, 'Well, gee, ...

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