View Full Version : 60" and 52" within an hour

01-30-2008, 03:27 PM
My brother and I finally caught our first fish and about a half hour apart. *Thanks to all the great posts and information all you sniffers provide and especially thanks to Kevin Yost and the ISE seminars and great tips here. *Now to the story:

We put the fowl weather gear on hoping that the winds would stay down (couldn't be any worse than fishing in Alaska or Lake Pyramid in January). *We launched out of Pittsburgh on Sunday and headed down stream. *Instead of just dropping in on the first spot that looked good (which my brother wanted to do), we continued to look for good concentrations of fish -- and we found more than I have metered before, at least now that I know what I'm looking for ! *So, we found a good line of fish and then gently anchored up above them. *We set more anchor line back to get closer to them. *We found this was probably not needed since we metered BIG fish all day. *I used a Grass/Ghost combo and my brother went with Roe (procured for salmon fishing). *Within 10 minutes I get a little tiny bite (oh...should I hit it ??) no, then another little bite that is a little longer. *I lay into it with the 65 lb braid and Sabre rod. *Yes... heavy fish and it sure feels hooked good....fish-on, immediately it jumps and my heart is pounding, after 10 -20 minutes and several runs under the boat we try to net it with the big Salmon net and with several attempts-- no chance. *So, we get a rope together and make a noose. *That was the only way we got this 60" fish in.

After all the excitment and getting settled down my brother is going to check his bait. *His rod starts to move and I say hit it. *Bam ! *fish-on within 30 minutes. *He was using 20 lb mono and the fish puts up a great fight on it. *This time I go right for the noose and slip it around his line, it hits the water and the current pulls it around the fish instantly and the fish is in -- I had to show my brother how to do it. *

This pup measured 52"

Since these were our first we had to keep them. *It sure was nice to be off the water and cleanup the boat while it was still light.


They were awsome on the BBQ


01-30-2008, 04:00 PM
Good Job Mako, what tide were you fishing? Also I am no cop but I didn't notice no tags on those fish, you probably have them tagged were we can't see. ;)

01-30-2008, 04:39 PM
Yep, we filled out and used our tags.

01-30-2008, 04:49 PM
way to go mako! good catches. ;) it pays to meter around a little and then anchor up. great report and thanks for sharing.

LTF :)

01-30-2008, 06:04 PM
G'reeeeeeeeeeat Report and Congrats on two quality Fish!!!

01-30-2008, 07:20 PM
Great report and Congrats :o

01-30-2008, 07:28 PM
Sweet fish, congrats! Let's see, take a pic of the fish first or put the tag on? Hmmm, I'd done the same. ;)

01-30-2008, 07:41 PM
Well those weren't the pic's I was talking about, the one on shore next to the boat, but I am not accuseing anybody of anything, just a heads up F&G needs money.

01-30-2008, 07:44 PM
how are you guys taggin then anyway, i was thinking if zip ties or something of that nature any help is greatly appreciated thanks


01-30-2008, 08:15 PM

01-30-2008, 08:22 PM
Cut a small hole thru the skin under the dorsal & zip tie, works great.

01-30-2008, 08:57 PM
Good job guys! Those are two nice first keeper sturgies! *[smiley=thumbsup.gif]

01-30-2008, 09:50 PM
I like the BBQ shot but thats me :D Nice fish !!

01-31-2008, 02:05 AM
congrats on the dinos thanks for sharing 8-)

Capt'n Kev
01-31-2008, 05:05 AM
GREAT JOB GUYS and great report!! Congrats on the keepers!

If the tags are where I put them, you wouldnt see them in the pic either.

Zip tie, in the mouth.

Again, great report & pics!!

Off to the boat.....

01-31-2008, 06:29 AM
[smiley=thumbsup.gif] Wow! Great trip that you'll never forget. I am jealous but too much of a wimp to go out this time of year. Save some for me!


01-31-2008, 09:12 AM
I do give a lot of credit to the Fishsniffers on this board. I have caught a LOT of different species but the Sturgy had been a little tougher to figure out. Thanks again and keep posting 'em. I'm hooked now and you'll see us on the water ;)

01-31-2008, 09:57 AM
I zip tie mine around the body just in front of the tail.

01-31-2008, 11:29 AM
i thoroughly enjoyed the report and had my vicarious thrill for the day.



01-31-2008, 12:37 PM
Nice pictures and good report! ;)

01-31-2008, 04:46 PM
I must be doing it all wrong! :'(

01-31-2008, 07:36 PM
I do give a lot of credit to the Fishsniffers on this board. *I have caught a LOT of different species but the Sturgy had been a little tougher to figure out. *Thanks again and keep posting 'em. *I'm hooked now and you'll see us on the water *;)
i feel ya on that one!

01-31-2008, 08:17 PM
Nice job guys!

01-31-2008, 10:44 PM
thanks guys for the reply on the tags, mouth sounds like good place, can't believe i didn"t think to go for the dorsal fin, have caught a few trout that were tagged there, i had one hell of a brain fart [smiley=bomblighting.gif]

02-01-2008, 05:05 PM
Nice job on the keepers Mako [smiley=clap.gif] [smiley=clap.gif]
Good report!

02-02-2008, 09:38 AM
Great story and congrats to the two of you! 8-)

02-02-2008, 11:11 PM
Its interesting on all the rod balancers. I welded mine up out of SS and love them. Its seams that the key is easy access to a quick swing. I remember when I was in high school (cant remember how many years ago) when I was first tryin fo sturgeon I was told to let them bite and wait. THAT IS SOO WRONG !!!

02-03-2008, 08:09 PM
Its amazing how much wizer you get with age isnt it?? ;D 8-)

02-03-2008, 09:00 PM
there's a saying attributed to Mark Twain. when he was 16, he was convinced his father was a fool. when he was 25, he was amazed at how much wiser the man had become! an old German saying is that "We're too soon old and too late smart!"