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curt quesnell

Sturgeon Fish weekend

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curt quesnell

The number of people out fishing Sturgeon this weekend

was unbelievable!!!!!!Hundreds of boats in 4 Mile Bay.

From the pickup truck (yes it is still there) all they

way back around Wheelers Point and past the boat landing.

Boats stacked several deep. What a sight!

Fishing had been insane all week and the fish kept getting

bigger. The weather was perfect.

Fishing was pretty good Saturday morning. We caught a

53 incher, a couple in the low 40s and 36. At about noon

things ground to a halt for us. It was so darn nice out

it didnt seem to matter that we werent catching fish

anymore.

We saw a kid (14 ish) battle a 67 incher for 45 minutes

before it finally came in. 27 inch girth, according to the

Sturgeon weight calculator the fish was 73 pounds!!!!!!!!

A 27 foot Sportcraft chugged out to the pick up and began

to try to pull it home. The truck has been tipped on its

side most of the week so the first order of business was

to tip it back on its wheels. That done the big Sporty and

this little old 16 footer with a tiny motor began to crawl

around on and in the truck attaching chains wherever and

then the 27 footer began to pull and tug on the big Ford

to try to get it to move. They were still working when we

moved to finish the day fishing across from the boat access.

Before we called it quits, sure enough, through the shallow

water of the bay out in front of Wigwam here they came, the

old 16 footer with the tiny motor pulling the recently

hatched 27 foot Sportcraft. That Ford isnt done causing

trouble yet.

Sunday we fished until 10:30 and got nuttin. Windy and

cool, not hard to quit and go home happy.

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Barehooks

I watched them pull the sportscraft out of the water from the deck of borderview and it looked like they had a heavy duty tow strap wrapped up in the prop shaft, that little boat that pulled them in looked like it was giving everything that it had. There sure was a ton of boats out fishing!

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CatManLee

I Was fishing just down from the boat launch on Saturday. I brought my 14-year old cousin up for his first time Sturgeon Fishing to see if he could land a big one in a couple of hours. (I had to work till 11:00am that morning and he had to be back by 9:00pm, so our window was small)!!

Anyways, we ended the day with 4 Sturgeon caught and several Bullheads in about 3 1/2 hours of fishing. First 3 Sturgeon were small ranging from 20"-30"'s...Then I saw him pick up his rod and start the slow pull to see if there was any weight still hanging on the end, then he set the hook! I could tell it was a big fish, and he continued to battle with it for about 15 minutes. The fish came in fairly "quick" for a big Sturgeon. There were times that I though he was gonna get pulled over the side of the boat or was gonna lose my rod as the fish tried to swim under the boat, but with a little help from me, he got it to the boat and we pulled it in.

It measured a very healthy 58"s and had a nice girth to it. Not sure about the exact girth, but it was thick, so I'm guessing it was anywhere from 50-55lbs! His biggest fish prior weighed about 6lbs, so this was by far his biggest fish ever and I was glad I could help him get it.

I was hoping he could land a "biggunn" and luckily he did. Theres nothing like seeing a kids face when they get that first really big fish.

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