Pipe Man Shows off 148 lb Sturgeon - WBAY

Pipe Man Shows off 148 lb Sturgeon

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One man who lives near Pipe is showing off his sturgeon, clocking in at nearly 150 pounds.

With the massive sturgeon strung up on display on the back of a truck, Don Feldner feels like he hit the Lake Winnebago jackpot.

He spotted the fish Sunday just beneath his ice hole.

Feldner said,"We were standing there watching the hole and it came in about six feet down from the left side and it came for the decoy and we said, oh that's a nice fish." 

Surprisingly, Feldner says the fish didn't put up much of a fight, considering it weighed in at 148 pounds, and measured 74 and a half inches long.

It's among the biggest speared since opening day.

Feldner's son, Ryan was also in the shanty.

"Once we pulled that out I was looking at it and I was just shaking. I was like dad, this is over a hundred. I was figuring at least 130, but I think I was more excited than he was. It's just a rush," said Ryan Feldner. 

Don Feldner has been sturgeon spearing for about 50 years, but the past 19 he's come up empty handed. However, his plans for the trophy catch are still a bit uncertain.

Feldner said,"My dad did get a 106 pounder in 1956 and at that time that was considered a large fish at that time, and my son got a 90 pounder in 2009, so he's kind of catching up with my dad, but now I topped both of them."

In the meantime the size is something he hopes to savor. 

"It took almost a day for it to sink in," said Feldner. 

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