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ethan77

sturgeon out of baudette

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Ed Carlson

Yes they are different and circle hooks tend to need to run larger to accommodate the proper gap for the desired species. Compare a VMC 6 O/T to a Gamkatsu once. Each company has a slightly different size aspect for there circle hooks...they vary widely.

The straight eye 6-7 O/T octopus style or Nautilus style circle by Gamakatsu will serve you well. Scrimp can be treaded on a circle well and at times a sturgon has a hankering for shrimp. Shrimp are a crawfish imitator and they often love them craws.

The larger 1-2 O/T Gamakatsu B/N Baitholder will make gobing on a wad of juicy Night Crawlers an easy task.

Rods and rigging, yea you can go light but expect more lost fish then landed. You will also be chasing a sturgeon around in the boat with light rigging, and that may not make other walleye anglers all that happy. I prefer to match the tackle with the expectations of the gamefish I intend to peruse. Extended fighting times is not a wise conservation minded method. Yet in cold water of early spring it may be less of a factor then in the warmer waters of summer or early fall.

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CatManLee

One more thing, I don't care how your set up. If you get a big Sturgeon on heavy test and a good heavy rod, IT WILL STILL BE A BATTLE! It's not a fish you can bring in with ease. If anything, set your drag a bit lighter. Then if you have a wopper on, you can still land it by tightening your drag. If it's only a 20-30lber you can play with it a bit to make it fun.

I fish with 30lb fireline and a good medium/heavy cat rod with a soft tip. In my opinion that's pleanty for any size sturgeon you're gonna catch up here, but you'll still have to be smart about the way you play it.

Either way your set up, you'll still have fun catching 'em.

Once you catch one, you'll be hooked. Good Luck. grin.gif

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Traxxx

Caught my first one on Wednesday. That was definitely an awsome battle. Caught it on a med rod and 8lb fireline. It went 53 inches. Does anybody have a guess on weight and age of a fish like that?

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LEECH21

Traxxx, were you trying to catch sturgeon, or was it by "accident"? What area of the river did you catch it? We are heading up in a few weeks to fish sturgeon and are starting to get real fired up!

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Traxxx

Leech,

It was luck. We were 1/4 mile down from Frontier by the eagles nest. I had a bigger one on earlier in the day. That one I tangled with for about a half hour and decided to try and horse it in. We drove right on top of it and I pulled as hard as I could and couldn't even move him and then the hook popped out. They sure are a fun fish. I'm hooked. grin.gif

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Blaze

Traxx - I know exactly where you are talking about. I played a monster for about half an hour on Friday at the bend just down from the eagle's nest. He dragged us all over the river and I never did get him off the bottom. Finally tried puttin' the screws to 'em & horse him up w/6lb test and the line snapped. My wrist is still sore from a good case of Rainysturgitis. Here is my first ever sturg - a little guy that only went 42". I landed him yesterday morning at the "green roof" hole by Frontier.

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Traxxx

Blaze,

Congrats! Nice Fish. Were you guys inline, behind a white bassboat, at the Frontier landing on Sat?

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LEECH21

Awesome fish! I know its not real huge for a sturgeon up there, but it still gets my blood pumping. I really cannot wait for the 17th till we get up there and try for some of those beasts.

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Blaze

Traxx - I don't remember who we were behind at Frontier. We were in a 14' grey/red Fisher with a 25hp Mariner. We got there about 5:30ish and dropped in right before the guy in the Grand Cherokee jack-knifed on the ice with that big Tyee. That was a circus! I was one of the guys pushing him back up the ramp as he spun on the ramp ice.

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LEECH21

ethan77, how'd you guys do? You said you were going to head up on the 1,2, and 3rd. Just wondering how the sturgeon action was. grin.gif

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ducksnbucks

I'm heading up this weekend for the first time, I am just curious about how deep to fish. I know finding a hole is the best but I am just wondering about how deep of a "hole" I should find. Thanks

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Sandee

Watch your depth finder and when you see the depth go from 17' down to 20+" back to 15" or so, let out anchor and fish the deepest hole. Drop the jig, let the river take it out and fish the hole and the lip. I usually fish about 30' behind the boat if the current is strong. They lay in the deep holes and when you let it drift down the lip into the hole you will get their attention. They bite like walleyes, you don't know you have a sturgeon until you set the hook!

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frummybear

Tony dingman,

I you a CHS graduate in 2001, this is frommy from 99

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ducksnbucks

Frommy, yeah its me, where are you at now? I'm up in Bemidji going to school. If you ever want to wet a line up this way and get the chance drop me a e-mail at tding3220@yahoo.com, lots of water up here that needs to be fished. Later, Ding

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frummybear

Dingy

I have been student teaching PE at Detroit lakes HS this past semester in school, so there was a lot of fishing going on. I fish the LOW in the winter like a motha fer. My old roomate lives in Warroad so he normally can show me a good spot. I will hopefully be teaching in Baduette next year so that would be sweet to live on the LOW. I will e-mail you to just to make sure it is the right address.

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