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Old 01-18-2015, 02:12 PM   #1
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CA Delta White Sturgeon

Pushing water at 10 Kts...WOT



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Sturgeon Fishing by the Mothball Fleet



Jenny's first fish at 7 ft 0 in (84 in) and approx 180 lbs



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Old 01-18-2015, 04:13 PM   #2
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That is one BIG fish!
Congrats!
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Old 01-18-2015, 07:13 PM   #3
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Nice pics and a beautiful fish. Is that a tarpon?

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GFC, that is a sturgeon and there is a bunch of them right where you are parked in that same size range. Columbia River is a great sturgeon fishery.
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Yes, it's a white sturgeon. Our biggest sturgeon in Northern CA run up to about 9 ft...maybe 10 ft. The Columbia River fishery yields fish to 13 ft or more!! For such a huge fish, it's amazing how they take such small baits with a very gentle touch. This fish was caught on a small piece of eel 1/2 inch by 1 1/2 inches.

The Reserve Fleet, aka Mothball Fleet, on Suisun Bay is dwindling. The USS Iowa now sits proudly in San Pedro, CA near Long Beach as a floating museum. She looks great and is now well cared for in her new home.
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Old 01-18-2015, 09:06 PM   #6
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What size reels you using?
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What size reels you using?
My reels are Shimano Tekota 500LC. It's a levelwind reel with a strong drag. I have 4 Shimano Tekotas and they have all been flawless in the many years I've owned them.

I have the linecounter version of the reel shown in this video.

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Old 01-18-2015, 10:27 PM   #8
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Interesting, FlyWright has protected the top railing caps, Mahalo has not. Expressly for fishing?
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Old 01-18-2015, 11:07 PM   #9
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Yes, Bruce. I leave the protective fire hose covers (aka rail condoms) in place during fishing. The 8-10 oz weights are tough on the varnished rails.

I wish I had Ray's SS rails.
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Al, I'd think a fisherman would also be curious on the nature of the fishing line, hooks, etcetera you use.


Al's sturgeon caught 2014 in Suisun Bay, perhaps a half mile or so west where Jenny caught her fish:


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Interesting article on SF estuarian (Carquinez, Suisun, etcetera) sturgeon:


The Fish Sniffer - Suisun Bay: Home Of Huge White Sturgeon
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My reels are Shimano Tekota 500LC. It's a levelwind reel with a strong drag. I have 4 Shimano Tekotas and they have all been flawless in the many years I've owned them.



I have the linecounter version of the reel shown in this video.




Wow those are small reels compared to the size of the fish, must be a hell of a fight! Or are they more of a docile fish?

We East Coast boys are lazy, electric artillery for the deep drop yellow eyes and wahoo. But we don't cheat on the trolling side of things for fish like dolphin, kingfish, etc..
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Al, I'd think a fisherman would also be curious on the nature of the fishing line, hooks, etcetera you use.


Al's sturgeon caught 2014 in Suisun Bay, perhaps a half mile or so west where Jenny caught her fish:




And the NUMBERS forgot about those...
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Yes Oliver, they're small by blue water standards, but it's pretty much normal fare in the delta. We are fishing in fresh and brackish waters that are typically 20-30 ft deep...sometimes 40 or 50, but that's rare. My target depth is 30 ft.

Oh, they fight! The big boys (5-7 ft) and can take anywhere from 15 to 45 minutes to bring to the boat. I've heard many stories of the huge ones (over 8 ft) taking 2 or more hours to bring to the boat. Many guys drop their anchor (with a buoy) to float with the fish while fighting it. A lot of these guys are fishing in 18-22 ft boats. With a relatively big boat, I don't do that, though...I bring the fish to the boat. The boat record is 90 inches in 2010.

This fish that Jenny caught at 84 inches took 15 minutes to bring to the boat, but Jenny needed help in doing it. Here are some short videos of parts of the fight. You can see where she is unable to lean over the side and keep the fish from going under the boat, so I helped her. Her arms were also getting fatigued, so I provided her some relief at times.

Keep in mind that she's 5' 2" fishing a 7 ft long fish that outweighs her by at least 80 lbs.







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And the NUMBERS forgot about those...
What numbers would you like...coordinates?? Sure no problem....

38 08.9215 N/122 03.4212 W
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What numbers would you like?

I was joking, as in Numbers I meant lat and long.
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Wow, very cool!
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Cool! We used to see sturgeon going through our DIDSON beams at Mission. Here is one example which is about 2 metres.

http://www.soundmetrics.com/image-ga...River-Sturgeon

There is some even more impressive DIDSON imaging of sturgeon at Qualark Creek, with large 3 metre individuals feeding on the pink salmon migration going by the site, but it's not available on the internet.

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Here's a video of a typical sturgeon fight.



Here's a good article on the general how-to's.

The Fish Sniffer - Sturgeon Strategy For The Aspiring Diamond Back Hunter
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Great looking day for all! The water looks clear of debris, calm, and apparently, giving.
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