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Sturgeon Fishing

Postby Broozer5 » Mon Feb 18, 2008 5:20 pm

I have been really curious about sturgeon fishing lately. I was wondering how many people here fish for them, and have caught them. I would like to know anything that you would like to tell me. Any tips, tricks, or advice would be great. Some pictures and stories would be cool too.
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Postby quackingtim » Mon Feb 18, 2008 11:35 pm

What kind of sturgeon? I catch them a lot.
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Postby Broozer5 » Mon Feb 18, 2008 11:49 pm

I am pretty sure I will be fishing for White sturgeon. I heard that the 4-6ft sturgeon are mainly caught in the river I will be fishing. So far I have figured I need about 50lb test, 4 ft leader with some weight above that, and a couple of 6/0 or 7/0 hooks for some herring.
What kind of sturgeon do you catch? Do you have any suggestions at all? Is there a better way to rig up herring?
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Postby Tool-Man » Tue Feb 19, 2008 1:42 pm

80lb + test in a braid. Slip sinker above the swivel with enough weight to keep in on the bottom... 3 or 4 foot of 80lb leader and a sand shrimp.

Be carful not to get hurt on the tail spines. Be sure not to hurt any fish you ain't gonna keep. C&R is a great sport that you can't practice with a shotgun... So I like to do it with my fish...

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Postby Broozer5 » Tue Feb 19, 2008 3:47 pm

Thanks for the help. What kind of pole do you have that you like to use?
I do appreciate the tip about being careful not to get hurt on the spines. I have been wondering to myself, if i do catch a keeper sized fish, will I keep it? I sort of look at it that as old as these fish get, who am I to keep it? I dont know, we'll see once I actually get one too the boat.
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Postby X_WATERFOWLER_X » Sat Feb 23, 2008 12:07 am

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I fish them from end of duck season till may.....
best day to date, 8 fish 2 guys in 4hrs all released....
biggest one, 130lbs and smallest 40lbs.....

my baits of choice on the west coast is butterflied herring
and I spend time hiding the hook and use magic thread..
I strong believe in using sents too, but not on the herring.
hooks... single 5/0 siwash, on spectra line 50lb test...
pole... 7ft med/hvy 15-20lb test shimano FX
or my 8ft salmon mooching pole... a 9ft fly pole sometimes.
reels... Shimano TR 200 with 50lb spectra line.....
a 7ft ugly stick will work too really well...
and any baitcasting reel with a good drag that will hold
maybe 200+yds of line...I use specta for the leaders as
they are soft and hold up just fine...
the hook knot is a snell or egg snell.... both work great.


we fish them in 20-7ft of water.....
and the best tip for fishing them, don't set your rod down.
they can pick up a bait and not even move the line sometimes.
so short cast, and finger on the line, that way you can feel it.
nothing beats a 100lb fish jumping out of the water and playing
like a marlin or tarpon with runs of 200yds... fights out here
can be as quick as 15mins or last up to an hour..... fun fish,
and they do have caviar in some as a bonus.
the meat is really good too... I do keep 1/2 season....
in april you can catch a 2 salmon, 5 halibut, 1 sturgeon, and
throw in a shark or too all in one day...
now thats a grand slam......
good luck and hope to see some pics of your catch...... :thumbsup:
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Postby Broozer5 » Sat Feb 23, 2008 1:06 am

X_WATERFOWLER_X- Thanks alot for your information. I am really looking forward to getting out, and fishing for them. I figure I live about a mile away from where I will be fishing for them, I may as well. I think I am going to go pick up a pole tomorrow. I was going to try on sunday, but I dont think the tides are very good. From what I understand it is best to fish incoming tides? I will be fishing in a slough. Thanks again for the advice.
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Postby X_WATERFOWLER_X » Sat Feb 23, 2008 1:34 am

ryan,
yeah incoming is good but flat tides all day work too..
especially after the rains as they love the shallow sloughs
for finding fresh baits... if the water isn't dirty and the sun
is out, deeper water will be the call, and early,late,night
works great in the shallows. fish an area for about an hour
2 at the most, then I move.... scouting with binoculars for
jumpers is good too.. sturgeon are thought to do this to
wash out there gills and if there jumping , sturgeon head
into the current typically to feed. so if you see them get
ahead of them and wait.... if you want to read a tutorial
on them heres a link that may have some info you may
be able to use......

http://www.coastsidefishingclub.com/?q=node/11
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Postby Broozer5 » Sat Feb 23, 2008 7:10 pm

Thanks alot for you help. That article was great, and I feel I got alot of good information out of it. How do you think outgoing tides work?
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Postby X_WATERFOWLER_X » Sat Feb 23, 2008 7:49 pm

Broozer5 wrote:Thanks alot for you help. That article was great, and I feel I got alot of good information out of it. How do you think outgoing tides work?
Ryan


2 things work for outgoing tides.....
as the water recedes fish move with the current
to go back deeper water or if the water is over
10ft deep, then there going back to start over..

the other thing for outgoing is to find dropoffs
from the shallow to deeper water where they
may sit to wait for the change...
I fish one spot like this which water from 12ft is
moving back over a ledge which is 20ft.. that
slope gets fish on the outgoing...
its just you have to be positioned right over it.

I told you about scents too..
using anything from pro-cure to bait too...
one is to use a cotton balls with gel on it,
and clip that to your sinker swivel so the scent goes
back and makes a trail, and leads them to your bait.
if there nose is over the cotton, there mouth is right
over the bait.... whammmm
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Postby Broozer5 » Sun Feb 24, 2008 8:04 pm

I got to go out for my first time today, but no luck. I didnt get to stay as long as I would have liked too, because I wanted to go to the Sportsmans show. I hit the outgoing tide and only fished one drop off. I marked a couple others, and found one that goes from about 16ft-28ft. I cant wait to go out again.
Ryan
Oh ya, I forgot...I think my dog likes sturgeon fishing too...
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