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Seon
01-19-2011, 06:04 AM
Met up with White Cap aka Al at our usual place at 8 am drove to Rio Vista to launch then the hunt began. We cruised the area looking for marks but didn’t see a thing so we decided just to anchor and hope for the best. By the time we were all set up, the tide had turned and there we sat waiting for something to happen. It didn’t take long when I see my outboard rod quiver; I picked the rod up, waited for another quiver then swung for home plate. The rod pulled back half way then decided just to freeze in place…FISH ON!!

It didn’t feel like it was too big until “she” saw the boat and all heck broke loose. She was peeling line like crazy so I tighten my drag all the way and was able to stop her.

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She allowed me to bring her close to the boat again then she dove deep swimming under the boat to the other side. Again I was able to stop her and bring her back to my side but unfortunately she had other intension then dove again. Al sees what’s happening so he raised the outboard up just in time because the fish swam right under the prop. I extended my rod over the motor and followed her while she swam up stream towards the anchor where she wrapped the line a couple of time around the anchor rode. Al scooted along the gunwale to get to the bow then instructed me to do the same so that we could unwrap the line, which we did. Then she decided to head back toward the stern of the boat where Al and I immediately followed. It was a give in take for over 30 minutes. Thank goodness I was using 6/0 Gamakatsu hooks loaded with JPS and Ghost tied to the 65# wire leaders snapped on 80# braid line on the Shimano TR 200G reel strapped on the 7’ Medium Light Tiger Ugly Stik.

Although I had the drag locked down, she still managed to peel line out when ever she got closed to the boat.


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Al finally saw air bubbles about 20 yards off the stern and commented that she was tired. He was right on and after 10 minutes I was able to bring her along side of the boat. Al placed the snare around her upper body and I noosed her at the tail and we both gentle lifted her onto the offshore deck.





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Tried to measure her but it was a little awkward leaning over the transom. We both felt she was a keeper but needed the measurement so we lifted her over the transom and laid her on the deck. After three or four times measuring her, we conceded that she was 3” too long to be a keeper...70” with 29” girth. A couple of pics, a kiss from me then back to the drink she swam.



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The rest of the day was gravy. We had action most of the day where Al and I boated and released several shaker and keeper size Stripers. We missed several Dino “taps” but it was all good. Man, what a day!!!

irongillz
01-19-2011, 06:29 AM
thats a good lookin sturgy,thanx for the report

fishwishin
01-19-2011, 06:41 AM
:wow_2::areportmq5:

Thanks for all the detail Seon and congrats on experiencing and winning a great fight!
:cool:

FishWisher
01-19-2011, 07:10 AM
...and now I gotta quit being a wimp and get out there... probably in February when it's a bit nicer weather. Congrats, fellow geezers. What a day! Love the photos.

white_cap
01-19-2011, 07:54 AM
As Seon stated, it was a beautiful day out there, a little over cast with little fog, which cleared early. A lot of action (man we missed a bunch of pull downs because of our habit of b-s ing)
Just a fantastic day, Thanks again Seon!
BTW, I knew the sturgeon was a female because after Seon kissed it good-by he had lipstick smear on his face. LOL :rotfl2:

SuckerPunch
01-19-2011, 08:01 AM
Awesome, awesome story - thanks.

Bigg A
01-19-2011, 09:29 AM
Nice looking fish and congrats on the catch!!!! Loving that bend-O-on the tiger stick.....Seems like you and Al are a winning team :action-smiley-035: How long you guys been terrorizing fish together?

Angry Sturgeon
01-19-2011, 11:05 AM
Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!! That is Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!! And I am jealous :-)

Dynomyte
01-19-2011, 12:01 PM
Sitting at my desk, reading ur post and glaring at the pics...recipe for depression! I really need to get out! Anyhow, awesome play-by-play report topped off with great pics! Thanks for sharing.

fisherman4Ever
01-19-2011, 12:20 PM
I'm feeling kinda sick now. Will have to go fishing soon or I'll go crazy.:animal-smiley-048::animal-smiley-048:

hulenjohnson
01-19-2011, 01:00 PM
Congrats seon! I'm still waiting on my first sturgeon

DeltaDude
01-19-2011, 02:04 PM
Woo Hoo! Nice fish Seon! Me and Bass-O-Matic are taking a rooky out tomorrow and plan to be out there until late Saturday or possibly even Sunday. Hope to post a nice report on all the keepers as soon as we return.

Fish On Dudes!! :signfishon34hi6zv:

Fern-dog
01-19-2011, 05:42 PM
Seon, you an Al truley are the "Odd Couple" :Animated-HyenaBone2 of the river !!! Congrats on a great fish, outstanding play by play with super pic's to match!
Now about that lip stick on your lips...Hmmm :wileecoyote1:


Fern-Dog

kromebrite
01-19-2011, 05:46 PM
Fantastico bendo shots! Great catch.:clap:

Swimbaitjunkie
01-19-2011, 08:17 PM
love the pictures....great catch

macrosshn
01-19-2011, 08:38 PM
what an amazing fish and epic fight. the fish had some nice heft to it and congrats on the release.

bee
01-19-2011, 10:12 PM
heyyyyy YOU GUYS GOT ONE!!! congrats on all the efforts and patience. you guys were rewarded big time. that must have been fun!

doneli
01-20-2011, 08:21 PM
patience and hard work pays off......nice catch.....great report. keep them coming...thanks guys

Anglin
01-21-2011, 09:41 PM
Awesome report - pics, story and your details are very helpful especially cuz we are new to sturgeon. We are heading out tomorrow to give it a shot. Thanks and Congratulations on boating that great fish! :cheers:

Polebrother
01-22-2011, 09:11 AM
I used to look for Mark Wilson's or Barry Canavero's boat whenever I fished the Delta because I always felt I was in the right place whenever I saw them. Now, I'm going to start looking for your boat for that self-assurance. Thanks for the quality report and correlating sequence of action photos!

sturgytees
01-22-2011, 09:19 AM
Great catch....Love the look of the water too....I was hoping to hear of a Mary Lou type of launch from the girl but good story thanks