The Story of Sturgeon Fishing in the NorthWest
I remember being struck by the way my guide used the rod and bait to increase the chances of catching fish. He set the rods with a crank as bait and with the hooks removed plus a dropper leader with a small spoon. The crankbait places the spoon in the water in such a way to make sure that it stays in place. The spoon was put on a NorthWest standing, the little Dicknite. I said that I had been told the cranks that were half silver and also half brass would be the best one.
The guide replied that the color of the crank did not matter as they all did the job well. We then put out the lines and waited for the current to enable them to do their job. The first bite of the hook came within a few minutes. That was when I reeled in a Shad that was 15 inches long and weighed in the region of 1 to 2 lbs. This turned out to be lots of fun, and that was the same size as the fishes, which I usually catch. That was going to be our bait for the sturgeon, not for the entire, but one Shad for every single cast we were going to use.
The plan was to fish for the sturgeon with whole shads instead of just pieces of an individual fish. To be specific, there would be enough bait we decided to fill the coolers, which took us an hour and a half to do.
The next stage was heading down the river to find another spot for catching sturgeon, hoping that 60 lbs of bait would be adequate for detecting oversized sturgeons onto our hooks. Furthermore, the boat was then moved down the river. Just a little further down the river remained huge, yet the water was much calmer. After moving to another exact location, the anchor has dropped again. The set up we decided to go with was a little different than usual.
We had a 100 lb test line connected to a 200 lb test leader that was tied to a large old hook. For every line we used the hook was put the head of a shady, and the leading cord was wrapped around it a few times to ensure that the shad would not get taken away by the strength of the current. Then a first weight the size of a baseball was attached to the line so that fish smaller than a sturgeon could not take the bait. The bait was repeatedly stabbed to enable blood to attract fish.
Why Sturgeon Fishing Is Better Than Most
In lots of ways fishing for sturgeon reminded me of fishing for catfish, in that it could be a long wait before this bait was bitten. Plus with sturgeon, the delay would be longer as the lead weights meant smaller fish could eat the shad. It would take something the size of the boat to take the bait. It was exciting waiting for the sturgeons to arrive.
After a while, one of the rods started to bounce. The guide gave it to me, and I began an almighty struggle to reel in the catch. He was telling me that it had to be an enormous sturgeon has it had taken more than 150 yards of line. At the time I was concentrating on not been dragged into the river as the fish tried to escape.
It did avoid as the rope snapped. My guide reckoned it could have been as big as 500 lbs. I heartily recommend sturgeon fishing charters Fraser River tours to everyone if you’re thinking of partaking in any sort of sturgeon fishing in Mission, BC.
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