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child23

This is going to be a hard one to beat

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Went fishing with my brother and a good friend this past weekend and had ok luck on the sturgeon. Only one caught Friday that measured 60 1/4 but it was tagged. We decided to go a little farther down river on Saturday and had way better luck. We ended up catching 9 sturgeon. The biggest we caught was 69 inches. We released it without getting a girth measurement. We will never forget to do that again. It's going to be many more years before we beat the size of this one. full-3254-32664-image.jpg

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otterman91105

That's a nice one, my brother in law was out over the weekend and caught a 63"er. He said that was the biggest that he has caught. Sure is a nice fish

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TruthWalleyes

What a Beast!

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topwater18

Man that is just awesome, must have been a real tug of war.

Round 2 for us this weekend.

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fishuhalik

Good Lord....

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CANOPY SAM

Ooofda!!!! Nice work!

Is that you holding the head, or the tail, Travis?

That is a HUGE fish!!! blush

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DTro

What a beautiful fish!  Congrats and thanks for sharing.

 

I tell you what, as hard as it seems to believe these massive 100+lb fish are becoming a weekly event in the spring up there and I can see 150-200lbers in the near future.

 

As long as we continue to keep a tight leash on harvest and educate proper handling, who knows how long these same fish will return to do battle with us?  The very same fish we are catching now could easily be returning 25 years from now (and 20” longer).  There has no doubt been an obvious increase in size in just the short 7 years I’ve been going up there.  Plenty of little shakers too which is great to see.

 

It sure would be fun to have a crystal ball to see how fishing will have changed by then. 

 

As long as we don’t find a way to wipe em out the future is bright

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child23

Sam, I'm actually behind the camera. I know my brother is definitely hooked after his first weekend out targeting sturgeon

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Capt. H (Ret.)

Wow!!! Nice fish. How long to land it???

Mike

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child23

It actually take as long as you might think. I didn't time it but I would say about half an hour. This was the first time ever I thought I was going to see an 8 foot catfish rod break. We knew he had a big one when he leaned back so the rod was straight up and the tip was below the butt of the rod.

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