CAN YOU TELL US THE STORY IT MUST HAVE BEEN PRETTY WILD GETTIN THAT BEAST IN....
This was a last minute, spur of the moment decision to sturgeon fish so I was out there alone. It took place at the upper end of the North Channel where I have had luck in the past. Everything seemed hungry this night. The bait stealers were at work and I couldnâ€™t catch them on my # 4/0 hooks. Went through about 4 dozen night crawlers as I would put on 3 at a time on two poles. As the night went on I did pull up one white perch, 1 sheepshead, and 2 channel cats (8 Â½ and 4 pounds, caught at the same time). Then at about 10:45 P.M. I had a nibble no harder than a perch bite which was the sturgeon mouthing my night crawlers. I set the hook and knew right away this was a sizable fish. No controlling him for the first 15 minutes or so. He swam up stream when he wanted and down stream when he wanted. There was one jump all the way out of the water about 30 feet from the boat. Eventually he tired and was at the side of the boat. I had a musky net along but have a hard time using it when a fish is this big. My Boston Whaler has side rails that are two feet up from the water and that makes it too far for me to reach (fish head in the net and my hand around the tail). Like I have done in the past, I held the pole in one hand while untying one of the mooring lines from the boat. One end of the rope is made into a slip knot which is sent up the fishing pole and down the line to the sturgeon. Once the slip knot is put over the fishâ€™s head and over the pectoral fins, he can be pulled up and over the rail quite easily. From the time he was hooked to the time I had him in the boat was about 1/2 hour. I quickly took some measurements and a picture. To weigh him, I stepped on a bathroom scale with and without the fish â€“ the difference is the weight of the sturgeon. I released him back in the water to be caught another day. Per DNR information, a fish this size has an average age of about 35 years. Thanks for your interest in my fish.
Last edited on Sat Oct 18th, 2008 06:04 am by royal whaler