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Sturgeon season begins
     After catching 4-7 inch fish all winter, I was ready for a chance to take the boat up to Idaho to chase sturgeon. I invited a couple of newbies from Pleasant Grove to join me. Brothers Jayson and Brock. We left Brigham at 5am, hooks in the water at 9:30, and first fish bites at 10:00. It hit on my pole, so after setting the hook, I handed it off to Brock. Jayson and I cleared the other rods and tossed the anchor rope. 15 minutes later we were measuring a 62 incher at est. weight of 67-74lb. and 20 years old.
11:15 and Jayson lands a 84" beauty. 7 feet of fighting white sturgeon.
The newbies are now hooked themselves. They managed to hook 2 more apiece before allowing one to bite on my rod. a humble 51 incher. We continued to fish until 7pm, stopping briefly for a snack around noon. We ended the day boating 14 sturgeon that were from 4-7 feet long. We said our thanks to the river gods and headed to AJ's cafe and then the hotel.
Day 2 was different in that some of the fish learnd how to tie up our lines around rocks on the bottom forcing us to move the boat upstream and around also. Lines were so frayed as he gained line again that I took a picture of it. We loosened the drag a bit until we gained good line back on the reel. this one measured 90 inches. the biggest of the trip.
At 2pm we headed back to the ramp to come home, we had caught 11 sturgeon. A total of 25 sturgeon, all over 4 feet long and the largest being 7 1/2 feet,40 years old, and weighing 212-227 lbs. as per charts.








This was a great trip that I really appreciate because I have spent 2 1/2 days up there with nothing measured.
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Re: [BURLEY] Sturgeon season begins In reply to
Sounds like a great trip. Thanks for sharing!
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Great trip and I regret that I couldn't accept your invite to join in the fun. I am more than ready to trade a day of 50 trout, at Strawberry, for a day of catching a couple (hopefully more) sturgeon. I'll be up there soon, but it won't be soon enough.


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Re: [kentofnsl] Sturgeon season begins In reply to
     This was a great trip, indeed. The most fish landed in one day record for the boat. Also landed the boat's first double; both were 62" long. We also caught a 7 footer that I caught last year. it can be identified by it missing 3 inches of it's lower lip.
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I tried out two of the LJ9000 reels. For being 1/4 the price of the Fin-Nor reels, they need more testing before I recommend them. One worked great, plenty of power, great line capacity, and the drag was smooth. The second one started out good then acquired a roughness in the gears. It was put away and replaced with a backup reel. Today I opened up the reel and found some small brass machine filings. A good cleaning and lube job and it is ready for test #2.. Note: These do not equal the Fin-Nor's ultra smooth drag, but if they prove themselves durable, then they will be a great buy.
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Great Report - just wondering did you order you AIS Boat sticker or pick one up on the way ?
How much is it this year ?

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I got mine last month in Tremonton at Kent's Market on main street. I think that you may be able to order one online, But it will be mailed to you.
(This post was edited by BURLEY on Mar 25, 2019, 8:22 AM)
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I purchased mine online and it was $28.50 plus $1.50 admin fee, for a total of $30.


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