Ya it's in the regs. I am sure the fish was handled carefully as well, (we are just trying to educate you - is all) but you should definitely not be wrapping a rope around them either! The fish are tough as nails but you can damage the vertebrae. I'm sure no one here wants to see you get caught doing the wrong thing is all, just have to handle the fish with care. If you plan on going sturgeon fishing you should all read the specific handling/fishing regulations if you haven't yet!