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Two words - Yippee Skippee
Hue and I spent the last three days fishing for sturgeon. Well, the quantity was on the slim side, but the quality was on the amazing side.

I had received a report that fishing with Pat's huge fligs was the way to go for the sturgeon, so I went prepared with two of them tied on and ready to go.

The first morning, I quickly caught an 8' sturgeon and three quick catfish (the most catfish I can recall catching, on the entire boat, was two for the whole trip and this trip we caught 6). I thought I had found the magic way to fish for sturgeon, but alas maybe not quite so fast. Hue was getting about three bites to every bite I got and he was fishing the old fashioned way with his bait on the bottom. I will continue experimenting with various floating methods, on future trips, and decide later what seems to work best for me.

One catfish I caught was unbelievably heavy. It was only 26" long and it was so heavy that I had to pull out my digital scales and weigh it. It weighed over 11 pounds! I have never seen such a healthy specimen.

Hue landed his personal best sturgeon at 8'4" and although we only got 7 to the boat four of them were 8' or longer. Hue also lost two that would have likely also run around 8' (one broke off in the rocks and I cut off his leader on another one trying to reel in this second fishing rod).

When I hooked my final sturgeon, as soon as it jumped I realized I had hooked something special. We fired up the outboard and followed that sturgeon (all the time while it was dragging the boat upstream for 300 feet) three different times. I am confident had we not followed it at least the first time that it would have spooled me and broken off. After about a 45 minute battle we got it landed and measured. It was my new personal best at 9'4"!Smile

Pictures are attached but realize that it is next to impossible to get decent pictures of a sturgeon with only two anglers on the boat.

I'm debating about whether or not I am hoping to catch an even larger sturgeon. I made the comment to Hue that I was uncertain whether or not I could land a sturgeon any larger than that one. Wow - what a work out.

Another great outing with Hue and someday I hope to get as many bites as he does. In the meantime I will just have to be satisfied with catching fewer but larger sturgeon than he catches.


"Many of the most highly publicized events of my presidency are not nearly as memorable or significant in my life as fishing with my daddy."
- Jimmy Carter
(This post was edited by kentofnsl on Oct 22, 2018, 3:52 PM)
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Re: [kentofnsl] Two words - Yippee Skippee In reply to
Good job Kent, you’ve earned it with how much you fish for them. After seeing the pics it makes me still want to do another trip this year.
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Re: [KokeMaster] Two words - Yippee Skippee In reply to
Wowza, Thats awesome. Thats a bucket list species for sure.
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A fine looking fish you have there.
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Re: [kentofnsl] Two words - Yippee Skippee In reply to
Larger pics of Kent's monster.Unbelievable how big around it was. They are surely eating very well. I'm sure that I had one on that was bigger before Kent cut my line and let it get away. He doesn't always play well with others when it comes to fishing.





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BURLEY wrote:


He doesn't always play well with others when it comes to fishing.

Hey, I resemble that remark.


"Many of the most highly publicized events of my presidency are not nearly as memorable or significant in my life as fishing with my daddy."
- Jimmy Carter
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Wow! What a fish!
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Man Kent, those are some BIG animals!




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It's much more important than that."

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Re: [Old_Coot] Two words - Yippee Skippee In reply to
True, not every day that one catches a 440 pound fish. There are larger ones in there, but I need to rest up before going for a bigger one.


"Many of the most highly publicized events of my presidency are not nearly as memorable or significant in my life as fishing with my daddy."
- Jimmy Carter
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Congratulations on your trophy. How much did it weigh?
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Re: [oldfarley] Two words - Yippee Skippee In reply to
The charts say it would weigh approximately 440 pounds. It was a fat fish, so I'm confident that it weighed every bit of that if not more.


"Many of the most highly publicized events of my presidency are not nearly as memorable or significant in my life as fishing with my daddy."
- Jimmy Carter
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Nice catch
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Re: [kentofnsl] Two words - Yippee Skippee In reply to
Why did you post such small size pics? When you click on them you can barely see the fish. Tiny!!
I will they were better pics so we could all see the 9 footer better.
Anyway, Congrats on a epic day.


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chinook wrote:


Why did you post such small size pics? When you click on them you can barely see the fish. Tiny!!
I will they were better pics so we could all see the 9 footer better.


I edited my post and uploaded some huge files now (the prior ones were small ones I received from Burley). BTW Burley made a reply post showing larger pictures.


"Many of the most highly publicized events of my presidency are not nearly as memorable or significant in my life as fishing with my daddy."
- Jimmy Carter
(This post was edited by kentofnsl on Oct 22, 2018, 3:51 PM)
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A couple of novice questions for you Kent:

1) How long did it take from the time you hooked that monster to the time you "landed" it?

2) What do you use to measure those big fish?


I'm tempted to ask you to take me with you sometime but I won't. I still get the creeps thinking about hooking an animal with "lips". There's just something not right about that.


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WOW!!!!!!


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It took approximately 45 minutes to land that sturgeon. I had my drag (100 pound main line and 80 pound Dacron leader) so tight that I could just barely pull out the line with my hands.

We use a PVC pipe to measure them. Burley has a measuring tape taped to a PVC pipe (I think his is 10' long). I have a PVC pipe with marks every six inches (see attached file). Mine is only 9' long, which I need to replace with one that is at least 10' long. The fishery biologist, for that stretch or water, has measured one that was 11'4" long (it should still be alive in the river).

What do you do when you hook a sucker? They also have lips. It doesn't bother me at all (it does take awhile getting used to the suction feeling when one has to reach in to remove the hook). You are missing out catching a fish that is larger than you are and fights like no other fresh-water fish I have ever hooked. For me bigger is better.


"Many of the most highly publicized events of my presidency are not nearly as memorable or significant in my life as fishing with my daddy."
- Jimmy Carter
(This post was edited by kentofnsl on Oct 22, 2018, 5:06 PM)
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What do I do when I hook a sucker? I scream like a girl.

"it does take awhile getting used to the suction feeling" ... Oh man, that makes me squirm just thinking about it!




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It's much more important than that."

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Ralph you are beyond help.Unsure


"Many of the most highly publicized events of my presidency are not nearly as memorable or significant in my life as fishing with my daddy."
- Jimmy Carter
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Thanks for sharing and congratualtions on your new PB. If you find a bigger one, maybe it will go easy on youWink
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That fish actually even LOOKS big in the water! I think the pictures are about as good as you can get with a sturgeon, and that one is huge.
This has been a year-of-records for sturgeon!

N.E.T.O.= Not Enough Time Off!
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Those are some fantastic sturgeon. You certainly have paid your dues to figure them out.

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Great Big Fish Report - glad you got a new PB and had a un-eventful trip - Fish On

Just gotta a small question - have you caught any small (under 2') fish this year ? The reason I ask is that several years ago you would catch quite a few and the past few years I haven't seen any in that size range - of course the fisheries guy said that the fishery is fine but most everywhere I've ever fished the small fish were always at least occasionally caught.

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Re: [Lundman] Two words - Yippee Skippee In reply to
Last year we caught a bunch when we fished the river from the shore around Bliss. I believe they washed into The Snake River from commercial sturgeon ponds. This year I haven't seen a sturgeon under about 3 feet. Information from a friend up there, "They have had successful spawning the last 2 years in this area...good news. They have also been stocking it with left over babies from the joint CSI/ Idaho Power sturgeon project."


"Many of the most highly publicized events of my presidency are not nearly as memorable or significant in my life as fishing with my daddy."
- Jimmy Carter
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Kent, that's a monster.... happy Halloween, looks like you found your treat... Had to be a fun trip, congrats... J
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