NOW THAT’S A FISH STORY! [via Vicki Hake]

Missouri River, North Dakota

This is a darn interesting picture and story even if you aren't into fishing,

FYI: This sturgeon is still alive, just worn out from the fight.
As the sports fishermen they are, they turned him loose after the photo.

This Sturgeon was caught in the Missouri River, North of Bismarck,

North Dakota two weeks ago. It weighed out at over 1,000 lbs and

measured out at 11'1".

It was 56" around the girth and took over 6 and a half hours, and

4 dozen beers, for the 4 guys taking turns reeling it in.

Any Sturgeon OVER about five feet has to be released unharmed and

cannot be removed from the water.

They are brood / breeding stock and probably older than most of us.

We've updated Ben's blog so that both he and Annabel can share their comings and goings with you. (Now that she turned 1, we've decided she's here to stay.) We hope you find this an easy way to get the latest news on the Billings family here in Seattle.

1. There is a new, easier way to receive email updates when there is a new post

2. New URL but you can still use

3. New (not as fun) look that is more picture friendly

Check it out and enjoy.



Good Night Sweet Lily

Lily, Joanna and Davids little fur face, died peacefully at home last Sunday. She was 16 years old. We will miss her, and David will have to go it alone without his writing partner. Here are a few photos taken over the years--