I doubt it was foul hooked. We catch and release a lot of accidental sturgeon on kwiks.First trip last Sunday, fished from dark til 10 am. Foul hooked a big sturgeon. Big takedown. Yes! Noooo.
I never saw it so I don't know how big, but it pulled 300' of line like a sea lion, then turned and swam just above the pilings/jetty I was hooked to and parked. I couldn't budge it but released and manuevered over to it, got to 30' on the line counter, bow nosed right into the pilings, line going upriver between two pilings, and my kwik popped off, miracle! I was glad to get that plug back.