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fishhound

Sturgeon equipment

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I’m new to sturgeon fishing. Up until now I’ve only caught sturgeon by accident while walleye fishing. I’ve seen a lot of information written on leaders and weights, but not so much on the line. I’ve got several musky rods, medium heavy and heavy that are 8 ½ to 9 feet long. Most are rigged with 100 lbs test POWER PRO with 20 lb eq. diameter.

Anybody have a recommendation? Will that work or does that line tend to billow too much in fast current? Thanks for your help.

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agkimm

Sounds like your line is good to go. I would worry about your rod more than anything. That line is a pretty popular choice for the sturgeon...

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fishhound

What rod power/action would you recommend? Thx

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agkimm

You should be ok there w/what you listed but it might be tested smile

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DTro

Its pretty tough to just recommend an action as rods vary from blank to blank.

In general you want a med/heavy to heavy rod. Personally I prefer a fiberglass or fiberglass/carbon hybrid blank.

When using braided line, the fiberglass rod will give you a little more shock absorption when fighting a big fish. Over the years, I've seen a handful of graphite rods explode mid fight.

Some of the rods I would recommend, you can't even find at a retail store in MN as the market is more of a catfish type thing. But if I was asked to recommend one rod, it would be an Ugly Stick Tiger. It has a light tip to detect bites and a strong enough backbone to handle bigger fish.

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fishuhalik

I've used everything from an 8' heavy Muskie rod to a 7' 6" heavy bass rod. Pick a rod with some length, about 7.5'+, light tip & plenty of backbone. Sturgeon aren't line screamers so you don't need a ton of spool capacity. A good-quality low-profile baitcaster or bass/eye sized spinning reel holds plenty of braid for a giant. I refuse to buy reels with clickers. It gives you the temptation to throw your rod in the holder & get lazy, a big no-no with these usually light biters. Other than that, a good oversized net is nice, but not a necessity if you're a decent-sized guy & your fishing partner can handle lifting a 50-100lb fish into the boat

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