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ZACK
01-21-2008, 07:44 PM
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Got the News from Rich Tipton that a Catch & Release Stugeon Derby was being held Saturday at the Martinez Marina from 6am to 4pm and even though it was short notice I just had to support it and do everything I could to attend. The theme of this event is an excellent tool for getting the word out to many to practice Catch & Release. I was also double dog dared publicly by Mr. Tipton who taunted me into partisipating to the extent that he bet me a pepsi that his boat would out fish mine! lol A coveted official Pepsi award from Mr. Tipton was what I was hoping for. I began to day dream about the moment when Mr. Tipton would be conceding defeat and pass the torch ( I mean Pepsi) onto me. I could see the flashes of cameras capturing thee occasion. I began to wonder which wall would be selected as the final resting place of the 24 x 24 framed glossy photo of me accepting this prestigious Award from Mr. Tipton? The possibilities were endless???Just like that I had to pinch myself and snap out of my day dream and return back to reality and begin to brainstorm the derby. I began to think of all of the variables.....What are the tides??? Where will most of the boat traffic be??? Where to launch and avoid all of the chaos??? How will my approach be different from all of the others and give me a better chance at success??? I then decided to put in a call to 707Fisherman who I met on this board and we have been talking about getting together since. After communicating with 707 I was glad to hear that not only was he IN to fish the derby with me but he sounded more excited about it than I! We met at 5 am at an isolated boat lunch and had the place to ourselves. It was F'reeeeeeeeeeezing and the fog was as thick as pea soup. Got the boat in the water and fired her up and turned on my gps mapping and off we went navigating threw the maze called the delta. 707 while standing and gazing over the bow had me in stitches making comments like I feel like I am on the bow of the titanic, etc, with us in complete darkness and blindly moving our way through the fog. After what felt like an hour we began scanning some of my fishing way points to see if any fish were eating at some of the below water fast food hang outs. We looked and looked making Z patterns at many of their usual haunts only to find either no fish, small, or very few. I then make a decision to drop in a shallow stretch that fish do not usually hold but is more of a transitional lane for travelers in an attempt to set up a check point for fish on the move to run into our bait. We hang here for 90 minutes or so and are treating to the booms, and bangs of the delta water fowl enthusiast as they play the primitive game of shooting ducks. I could never really understand thee allure of duck hunting. Outside of watching a canine work for his prize (which is cool) every duck hunt must feel the same minus the score of ducks shot I guess. I mean it's not like your going to return to port one day and have the admiration of all your duck hunting colleague's when you show them up with the rare 60 pounder holly grail of a mallard duck roped across your hood! lol Anyway, to each there own and now back to fishing. Now sitting at full sun and without a bite we decide to pull the hook and move on. After another half an hour of looking we come to a deeper area I like to fish that is a bit more conducive to weak tides and we find only a few fish but these appear to be quality. We drop down in 46 feet of flat calm bath water and wait. An hour passes and I begin to have that deflating feeling of wondering if there are any feeding fish here and I am now asking the fish gods to just give us something, any kind of bite to respond to and make us feel like we are really fishing and not just sitting there with our lines in an empty bucket of water. Give us a sign is all I'm asking!!!Then it happens.....My 2nd rod that is closest to 707 begins to twitch. Just a tiny bit and then a little more and I yelled to 707 TAKE IT! He snaps back with a violent hook set and its FISH ON! He quickly jumps up with the rod and the fish is now running. He tries to hand me the rod but I refuse. I guess in that instant I wanted the fish to completely finish the run to insure the barb of the single 7/0 owner hook was deeply implanted in his gums before I accepted the rod. The run ended and 707 offers me the rod again but again I refuse. I figured he has done this a time or two and did not want to mess with it and let him have his day! On the second run this fish comes undone!!!!We both let out in unisonce (sp) a very loud F^*#_+^*^@K! LOL Oh well, nothing more to do but bait up, try again, and of course give 707 the biggest ration of S^!T of his life! LOL We did not find over the next two hours and I kept telling him over and over I am not sure how I am going to report your incompetence on the Sniffer but I AM sure the thread will have a headline something to the effect of FLASH 707fishermen EXPOSED! LOL He took my verbal bashing well and I kept reminding him every hour on the hour you only have 5 hours, now 4, etc, etc, to redeem yourself before my exposť goes into print about what kind of fraud fishermen you are. lol Apparently we missed our one opportunity at this local and decide to move on. Now with time of thee essence I kick the motor into full throttle and raced to another known sturgy Mickie D's. This spot is a bit tricky to fish and many do not have the patients to fish it or simply choose not to. It is a deep piece of water where flows crash with contour creating a GIANT eddy that has your boat swinging all day (irregardless of tide type) left and right with crap floating everywhere and more often than not you will have sticks and reeds fouled on your line and 707 (the comedians that he is) comments With all of this crap on our line what do you call this bobber fishing for sturgeon? LOL Shortly there after my rod starts to pump and I swing & miss! He is now making sport of me as this happens several times and says I should change my handle from ZACK! to 101swingsAndaMiss! lol I then decided to pick my pole up and let my arm be my own balancer and after a few minutes I got a very light tap and on the second hit I put my back into it and it was FISH MOTHA FlIPPIN ON! This fish was an excellent fighter almost too excellent and I began to worry that this fish may be out of range. We put a call in to the derby officials and let them know we had fish on and then enjoy not having another angler in sight. Just peace, quiet, solitude and a maniac of a fish deep below our boat. 707 quickly hops on his signature video camera to capture the event as I quietly focus on landing this fish. I have to admit not since I was a small child have I been so filled with nervous excitement while landing a fish but this one was different and I am sure the derby vibe was deeply rooted in my head along with the memory of 707's lost fish. Fish is now tiring and I am gently pumping his resting body up to the surface when we see him. A very large head comes up and quickly back down he went. We are both like Oh Noooooooooooo, it looks to be oversized!!!He dives for the deep and 707 fetches the snare and makes ready. I bring him up very slowly and at boat side after closer inspection our excitement returns as he is not as big as originally thought and appears to be a keeper size fish that is very obese with an enormously large head. 707 and I work well together and we slide the rod and fish through the snare and WHAMO, WE GOT HIM!!!We get the snare off of him and taped him out at 56 inches! I then carefully tied the fish just below the waters surface. Around that time we see a boat hauling ass toward us and I begin waving it down. A couple of real nice derby volunteers measure our fish and we un tie it and like lightning it dove like a snake back to the deep. We then received our entry ticket and we are in! The officials leave us and I begin sorting out our rods when I notice one has a lot of loose line that I gather up and begin to feel weight? I rear back on the weight for hook set and its FISH ON again! Apparently this fish hooked himself while we were dealing with the officials. After a hard run however he unfortunately came off!!! We look at the time and realize we have a long trip back so we pull the anchor and haul ass back to port, load the boat on the trailer, and head for the Martinez Marina where we view a very large crowd with most leaving.

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I find one of the derby personnel and get the news that out of the 215 participants in the derby only 11 anglers boated fish! I thought to myself our chances are very good at placing in the money due to they are drawing 7 money places and we surely could not be one of the unlucky 4 to return home with nothing. A gathering was now forming at the harbor masters office.
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Later a small child emerged and the numbers began to be picked out of the hat by this beautiful lil doll of roughly 5 years old.
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I stood silently squeezing our ticket in my hand waiting to hear our number called. Would we get 1st, 2nd, 3rd, or place 4th thru 7th for gas and bait money. The numbers were called out and we were incredibly deflated to hear that we were not one of the lucky 7 but instead (as usual) had somehow beat the odds and became one of the unlucky 4 to not receive JACK! Aaaaaaaaaaah......Suddenly the previously describe angelic looking child started to look more like an evil entity with no other purpose than to rob us of our fishing destiny! LOL Further insult to injury was added when I saw Mr. Tipton's rig pull out of the lot with my coveted 2008 Pepsi Award! I was devastated........What made matters even worst is the guy that won the whole thing with a 1st place drawing finish had never caught a sturgeon before this day and this one was his 1st! UGH!!!! If you made it this far and are still conscience and are thinking this ZACK is a sore looser you would be 110% correct. LOL If you are further wondering if we will fish the derby next year the answer is If We Are Breathing You Bet Your Fanny We Will And Next Year And We Are Going To WIN! LOL
It was a BLAST!
PS: Don't take my post literally it is WAY over the top in an attempt to entertain. Also, sorry for the poor video quality due to the derby we were a tad more concerned in landing the fish with our two man crew and are currently thinking of investing in a helmet cam! lol Video Link: http://crackle.com/c/Sports/ZACK!!!_MAKING_THE_FISH_GIVE_UP/2156361/#ml=fi%3D%26fu%3D2023713

NorCal_Bangers
01-21-2008, 08:04 PM
that sucks man...i feel your pain.....well NOT REALLY cuz you KNOW WHO PLACED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ;) ;) ;)

like i said...WATCH OUT NOR CAL WAS OUT THERE!!!!!!!!!

NCB

good job on the fish though hey look at it like this....you were 1 of 11 out of the 215 to actually catch and record a fish!!!!!!!!!!!!

ZACK
01-21-2008, 08:36 PM
that sucks man...i feel your pain.....well NOT REALLY cuz you KNOW WHO PLACED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ;) ;) ;)

like i said...WATCH OUT NOR CAL WAS OUT THERE!!!!!!!!!

NCB

good job on the fish though hey look at it like this....you were 1 of 11 out of the 215 to actually catch and record a fish!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yeah,
I hear ya and I think mine was the biggest keeper caught of the day?
I am still shocked that so few anglers caught fish. A sad state of the fishery IMO. Congrats, on getting picked. The 1st three places would have been sweet but with the agreement on my boat of splitting everything with the crew it wouldn't have amounted to much more than gas money and braggin rights and you know my ego is just as big as yours so I would have loved to take home the bragging rights! ;D

Your forever fat headed friend in sport, ZACK!

707fisherman
01-21-2008, 09:21 PM
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FisherBoats
01-21-2008, 09:35 PM
Wow, that was one heck of a story :), crowd wasn't that big when I loaded but boy was loading ramp mass chaos, Nice on getting the fish we were out there also and all we got was a puny 41" and a 4-5lb striper.

tyeroflies
01-21-2008, 09:53 PM
Nice video work 707 and way to wear that sturgie out Zack!

smithstation
01-21-2008, 10:58 PM
Zack, at least you got to get out and fish. Must have been nice to have your own water to fish with 215 others out there. I hate fishing weekends, way to many people and too much boat traffic for me. Congrats on the catch!!

gomezfish
01-24-2008, 07:33 PM
707 should start his own fishing show, he stays taping!

707fisherman
01-24-2008, 07:58 PM
EHHH NO SHOW BUt I am going to TRY and Put all MY STURGEON ANTICS ON DVD :) ;)

FisherBoats
01-24-2008, 10:14 PM
EHHH NO SHOW BUt I am going to TRY and Put all MY STURGEON ANTICS ON DVD :) ;)

Yeah, then maybe you could sell them, kind of like rippn lips

Lucky_Strike__Rich
01-28-2008, 06:37 PM
WHOW! ZACK

Took me longer toread your post then it did to land that 11 foot Sturgeon I caught in Montazuma Slough.
In Fact I drank three Pepsi's while reading it. One was the won you won from me. OH WELL!

Everyone was a winner for just being able to be there. Great bunch of people out there in the Derby.

Zack, Your Pepsi tasted real good and very cold.
I will fish it next year and win your money and NCBs.I'll bet you both a Pepsi on that. I will frame your money and hang it in my bathroom.

Rich

ZACK
01-28-2008, 08:35 PM
WHOW! *ZACK

* *Took me longer toread your post then it did to land that 11 foot Sturgeon I caught in Montazuma *Slough.
* In Fact I drank three Pepsi's while reading it. One was the won you won from me. *OH WELL!

* * Everyone was a winner for just being able to be there. Great bunch of people out there in the Derby.

* *Zack, Your Pepsi tasted real good and very cold.
*I will fish it next year and win your money and NCBs.I'll bet you both a Pepsi on that. I will frame your money and hang it in my bathroom.
* *
* * Rich


Well,
hardy Har HAR!
You don't have ta wait till next year Mr. Tipton, we can do dis right now!!!
Choose yo weapons: Eel, Shrimp, Herring, Piles, Roe, Shad, it don't mattah cuz I got yo numba sucka!

By da time dis be over you gonna wished you paid me my pepsi when it was due cuz after dis "Sturgeon War" be done you gonna have ta deliver my favorite beverage by da truck load!

I'm gunnin fo you and have had you in my sights fo a loooong time. Is time a new leader of da pack was crowned and da ole lion sent out ta wander!

I know, I know, I full of it but if you do battle me again you better leave da pepsi drinkin to me and instead drink yo "Joint Juice" cause I got cat like reflexes and an itchy trigga finga and Iís ready to put da smack down on some big uns and topple yo 11 foot fish record!!!
ZACK!

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NorKalkiller
01-29-2008, 12:41 PM
Nice fish if that was tourny day you guys were fishin no more than a hundred yards from us

Lucky_Strike__Rich
01-29-2008, 09:27 PM
Zack

Now you did it, Do I hear a challenge from the young STUD against the Ol Buck?
Anytime any place!
Use anything you want except a net. I will bring crying towels for you. Number of fish and size, don't matter to me.
Do you think we should include NCB? He only uses 15 lb test line we may have to spot him some. HA!HA! ;)

Rich P.S I will only do this for the fun and not to make anyone look bad ok You are a class guy and you know what I mean.