So what happens when the water gets too cold and muddy and you can’t chase your favorite fish (striped bass)? You go sturgeon fishing, of course, and that’s exactly what young fishin’ machine Greg McElroy here did recently in San Pablo Bay.
Soaking shrimp, Greg ended up with this nice diamondback and is now entered into our February Hawg of the Month Contest in which he has a chance to win some cool new headgear from the Pautzke Bait Co. If he advances, he will get to compete in the Hawg Bowl Playoffs at the end of the year and maybe, just maybe win a trip with Bill Swann of Swanny’s Guided Fishing. Click to ENTER
Kinda like using crawdad tail meat on your sardine-wrapped Kwikfish is a non-secret “secret” these days, the use of salmon roe for sturgeon is also one of those “things that nobody really talks about but everyone kinda knows about.
Still, it is worth mentioning that diamondbacks do seem to really have a taste for the orange caviar in certain situations. Capt. Jay Lopes of Right Hook Sportfishing in San Francisco Bay tells you what you need to know…Click here to read more…
There are just so many things I love about this photo that don’t know where to begin. So, instead I’ll let reader Thomas Carroll, who submitted the shot, tell the tale of Caris Zajac’s first-ever sturgeon:
“She caught the sturgeon, which measured 70 inches, in San Francisco Bay off Alviso near Channel Marker 20 on the outgoing tide,” says Carroll. “She hooked it on a grass/ghost shrimp combo around 1:30 PM, about 5 minutes after the DFG left us. It took over 20 minutes to land on a 7-foot Ugly Stick and a Shimano reel spooled with 50-pound braid.”
After a quick photo session, the big diamondback was swimming again in the South Bay. For her efforts, Caris is entered into our Jan. Hawg of the Month Contest. Monthly winners will earn some Pautzke’s headgear and will vie for a chance to win a guided fishing trip with top-notch Pacific Northwest skipper Bill Swanny Swann. To enter your big fish, click HERE