I took four students from my high school outdoor club on a sturgeon fishing trip on Monday as an academic reward for their grades in quarter three. Our guide was Charlie Foster of Northwest Sturgeon Adventures and he certainly put us on sturgeon!
My kids landed somewhere around 30 sturgeon! There were only a few shakers, a lot of "legal" sturgeon, a few toads, and two 7-footers. On our way back to Boardman the kids were so wore out they all fell asleep immediately after finishing their burgers.
This was our first sturgeon trip and only my second time fishing for sturgeon and I was blown away by the number of fish and the constant action. A dull moment was ten minutes between bites! However, Charlie said that fishing had slowed down from a few days ago. I don't think the kids could've taken any more punishment and we had four athletes, including a state champion wrestler and a state champion soccer player.
The trip was the highlight of my career. Seeing those smiles on those kids' faces makes me want to work harder to create more opportunities like this for my kids. My hat is off to Charlie for all of the hard work he put in!
Link to club photos on Facebook