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Okay, now I'm warmed up :-)

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I just new from the start of my trip today, that I was going to stick a dino-fish (Sturgeon). Pulled up on the far side of the river, from where I intended to fish, and no sooner than I got my trolling motor deployed and looked over that way.... Whooosh ! A 100 lb'er does this big, graceful arcing jump. It went back in so straight, it hardly left a splash ! Just a little bit intimidating though, when your planning to use a Kokanee trout rod :-)

So I shoot straight to where the fish jumped, and gently lower my anchor in 25 ft. I sit back and start baiting up with Salmon Roe. Just as I get ready to float out my bait, I look at my graph, and there is a good Sturgy straight underneath my boat, with its face buried in the mud ! Drift my bait back about 25 feet, and sink it. It's there for about 5 minutes, when..... womp... womp... womp.... my bait starts getting sucked on. I swing, and the micro-light bends over doubled.... but it doesn't really run ??? So I real down, and slowly pick up.... real down again, then slowly pick up. I could see my line swaying side to side as it came towards me, and I knew it was a fish, but "the fish didn't even know it was hooked" ! So I made about 3 or 4 more long pumps, and then I started to see the bloodknot in my 12 ft leader.

I was thinking, "Well, whatever it is, I'm fixing to find out" ! Just as I started to see white...... This things sees sunlight, leaps 4 feet in the air, crashes back into the water, and pours it on ! ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ :-) Didn't take too long to get it back to the boat, but as soon as it would see light, it would bolt off again. It did that about 4 X's, before it finally wore itself out.

Turned out to be a healthy little 50 incher. Didn't bother to weigh it. Probably about 25 or 30 lbs I guess. Just a baby, but a great way to warm up, with my first Sturgy of the Fall 06 season. Oh, and yes, it was a legal keeper, as the slot limit is, 1 fish, between 46" and 72"....... But their ain't no way in heck I'm going to stop fishing and go home after the first 30 minutes, because I have my limit ! So, back it went after photos. That would have been a nice eating size too...... But their will be plenty more :-)

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Ended up missing at least 4 more Sturgy bites also, that picked up my bait, and came straight in at me, and two that I missed on the swing.

Can't wait to battle that 100 lb'er on my micro-light :-) Maybe tomorrow ? Or the next day ?

Sure glad to see them back :-) Yeeehaaa !

Peace,

Fish

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Thanks guys, but like I said, that was just a baby ! Wait until you see this 75 to 100 lb'er that I stick tomorrow :-)

BTW Syfer420, did you know that the "2 lb test line class IGFA world record for Sailfish is 102 lbs ! So, a 100 plus lb Sturgy on 2/10 micro-braid..... Piece of cake ;-) Well.... maybe a 2 or 3 hour battle..... But I know I can make it happen !

Will keep you guys updated.

Peace,

Fish

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All i have to say is 102lb sailfish on 2lb test WOW!. Wouldnt even go bass fishing with 2lb test. How would u set the hoook is kind of mind blowing?? :-?

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chris, you've given me some ideas!

i hardly ever fish for anything but bass, i get to go so seldom, but, i've got this little ultra lite that would just be unbelieveable on a Big Fish Fight! (it's a 7' ultra lite that i built on a CTS blank)

i've got it spooled w/10-2 power pro & use a small beetle spin. i've caught some pretty large bass on it, & they make it bend double. ...wonder what a 50lb fish would do to it?????? .....think i'm gonna try.

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this is the first bass on the first day fishinig with it. ....if this little fish gave it a workout....Look Out! LOL

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ronnie

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I would have thought you would be on the hard hunt for a fall feeding Momma.  :(

Great Sturgy though.  Are these the same kind of sturgeon that produce caviar?

(I'd like to leave this in this category for now till people have had a shot to view it, then it will be moving this to "other cspecies")

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Chris, sick fish man!!!

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WOW - THAT'S A BEAUTY F.C.!!!!!

:o

Now I just got an exttra reason to persuade the Cyprus Fisheries Dept people to release in the reservoirs some of 20lb+ sturgeons they keep in their hatchery... (They keep saying they will release some "next year" for the last three years...)

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FC, what body of water are you fishing?

I'll bet you've given serious thought to the lower Columbia River, WA/OR.

I sometimes dream about the Fraser River, BC :-* :-*

Roger

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