Apparently dinosaurs still roam the earth! Check out this 10-foot, 600-pound sturgeon caught in BC’s Fraser River by 9-year-old Keegan Rothman from New Jeresy!
The young angler fought the beast for 2 hours before subduing it. After a quick pic, the diamondback was released.
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They haunt your dreams and gnaw at your soul. They keep you awake in the wee hours and make your chest hurt when you think too much about them. You’ll remember them – like it was yesterday – as long as you live.
I am, of course, talking about the ones that got away.
It sounds kinda crazy, but it’s those encounters with massive fish that spat the hook or busted off that you think about even more than the ones you landed. I guess you could say that it is “better to have loved and lost than never loved at all,” but I’m not totally sure. Some of ‘em still hurt really, really badly…
The say misery loves company, so here are a few stories to make you feel not so alone in your grieving of the ones that got away…
A monster lurks
The one that still sticks in my craw took place a couple years ago on my home stream, the American River near Sacramento. It was a couple days before Christmas and buddy Tim Reilly and I got a kitchen pass from holiday chores, so we decided to wet a line for steelies.
With only a couple hours to spare, we left the boat at home and opted instead for wading a couple productive riffles where my clients had been catching good numbers of small fall-run steelhead in the 3- to 5-pound class on recent guide trips. Armed with light spinning gear, slinkies and small egg clusters, we worked the upper spot without incident and then decided to move downstream.
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Ross Ellis sent in this pic of his buddies Jake Mahon (left) and JJ Kinstrey holding JJ’s first-ever sturgeon.
The fish was was caught & released while the guys were fishing squid from a driftboat on the Willamette River.
Ross & JJ are both active Coast Guard and were up in the Pacific Northwest for some training and spent their off time catching a mess of sturgeon.
JJ’s fish is entered into our Hawg of the Month Contest and you’ll get a chance to vote for him at the end of April. If he happens to win, it will be interesting to see how the boys divvy up the Yakima Bait prize pack.
When it comes to bait dunking, one of the greatest keys to success is to get your rods out of the rod holders and onto a balancer.
With the rod sitting on a balance point device, a fish can pull the tip down without feeling any resistance — and the result is a much, much higher rate of success. These things can take your lake trout bait dunking, river sturgeon and striper fishing and even salmon and steelhead fishing to all new levels. There are bunch of balancers out there and we’ve tried most. Lately, I have been using “The Perch” by NIMA Co. Here’s how it’s done in extensive river striper testing…Click here to read more…