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12-30-2015, 09:13 AM
Froggie, Cast-Off and I decided to get one more day out of our 2015 license so we headed for Rio at 4:30 am. We loaded up the bait and anchored by the power lines. It took the tide awhile to make up its mind and we swung around for a little while. We get settled and put out the eel and started the watch.

After a while Jim's tip takes a dip, he grabs it and next pull...wham he sets the hook. The line starts stripping and Jim's eyes get big....this feels like a huge fish. He tries to turn the fish but no way! We finally pop loose from the anchor so we can chase it...it was an awesome battle! Everytime he got close to the boat wheeee he makes another run!! After a half hour he gets close and we catch a glimpse....huge...but he's not done. He finally makes a jump and actually splashes the boat! Still not done. About an hour into the fight the fish tires (and so does Jim!!). We finally have it to the boat...a rough estimate is 80-85 inches. I measured the stern to the front rigger mount and it's about 5 feet...the fish was way bigger! Anyway we figure we're gonna have to net him to release so I try...I guess I need a bigger net...it would not fit. The fish is finally spent and calm enough to release...Jim grabs the pliers and starts tugging...Really stuck...something is weird....The hook is in a fin!!! Jim and I swear that when the fish surfaced the first time it was mouth hooked?? The orange bead was at the front of the fish...No telling, anyway the hawg finally rests up and we let him go...what a battle. First sturgeon we've ever caught in Froggie's boat!!

We head back to our anchor buoy and settle back in. We get a couple of tugs and see one keeper caught but no more action on our boat. Around 3:30 we head in to the dock. We load up and make the drive back to Sonora. What a day.
We are hoping to get back out tomorrow for one last shot.
See you out there,

Froggie has a few pics.

12-30-2015, 09:41 AM
Sounds like a great fight. I wanted to try to fill my last tag but the fuel pump on the truck gave out

Sent from some body of water

12-30-2015, 10:14 AM
Great report, and ending the year with an oversize of that caliber is not a bad way to go out.

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12-30-2015, 02:23 PM
Awesome experience on the river yesterday. After we got to see the fish we knew we were going to release it, so Ben got a chance to feel it...Jim handed him the rod to reel for awhile. Gave him a break; he was frezing and a bit worn out. I feel bad cuz we got to see it jump in front of us and I had my ipad pointed right at it, thought I had the video going, but realized I didn't press the start button darn it!!! Here are some pics and video I did manage to get.



12-30-2015, 02:25 PM
Here's the 1st section of video. I couldn't get it loaded thru Photobucket, so this is from Facebook.


Here's Part 2:


12-30-2015, 02:38 PM
Well done. I have yet to need to chase one, got really close a few times. Glad you had 3 people on the boat, I could see it getting tricky with less than that.

12-30-2015, 02:51 PM
Well done. I have yet to need to chase one, got really close a few times. Glad you had 3 people on the boat, I could see it getting tricky with less than that.
Don't know how...it was pretty tricky as it was! Glad we had the anchor tied to a buoy! We had drifted at least a mile from it chasing that fish!

12-30-2015, 03:21 PM
He runs 25# mono on that line...it was chase it or loose it! When he had 200 feet out it was a little scary!

12-30-2015, 08:15 PM
Fun stuff! Thanks for the post.

12-30-2015, 08:29 PM
Thank you, it was Tortuga's & my my first attempt and even tho we had Jim with us, I read your info pages before going. Very helpful.:cheerleader:

12-31-2015, 09:56 AM
A great way to close out the year on your license! Congrats on landing a big OS on light line!

12-31-2015, 12:29 PM
sounds like fun!
those foul hooked OS fish are wild!
in march i had one rip over 200yrds before i could toss bouy and give chase. impossible to turn when not hooked in the mouth!