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I had a chance to get down to the Astoria area for the first time this year to fish for the ever cunning and tasty sturgeon with a few of my good buddies this week. We fished both Wed & Fri with mixed results.

Wed had some great fishing. Steve, Chris, Bobby and I got on the water at the crack of 10 AM after stopping for breakfast at Camp 18. If you ever order biscuts and gravy get a half order because the full one must weigh 200 lbs!

We got out on the water and dropped anchor in the first spot... 30 minutes go past and no action so we pull anchor and move a couple 100 yards. A little while later Mr. Sturg decides to come calling. I just love these estuary fish they just hammer the bait.


Ok, not bad, get the bait back out and this little beauty comes calling. This fish put up a real battle making several runs and clearing the water 3 times. The picture does not really show this fish off but it was decent and some real nice fillets came off of him... mmmmmmm just had some for dinner, sturg the "other, other" wihte meat!


Next it was Chris' turn to do battle with the most ancient of advisaries and boated this decent keeper.


Then finally Steve got in on the action with this keeper. Dont tell anyone but Steve's "Fishing Dad" helped him set the hook on this one as Steve is... ummmmmm... let's say a little on the "special" side when it comes to sturgeon fishing, but he did a dandy job once the fish was on the hook!


We had quite a few other chances with some missed epic pound downs but when all is said and done a boat limit of tasty sturgeon is not a bad days fishing this early in the year.


Now to today... it started out all wrong. Chris wanted to get on the water at the crack of dawn so Chris, ZaQ, Reed (one of Chris's friends) and I met at 3:30... YIKES! I was urinating up a rope about it all morning because I only had a few hours sleep, Chris had less and ZaQ well he did not sleep at all, that is before we met.

When we got out on the water we could not find the fish. We must have pulled anchor and moved 15 times with no luck. We finally did find the hot spot but just as the tide was turning and the bite died. I did manage one shaker but that was it for the entire day.

Since the day was slow I took pictures of the scenery


ZaQ decided the heck with fishing and fell asleep... funny last time I saw a flap like that it had a hook in it!


And Chris decided he did not want to waste the extra fresh bait... hey those tate better with some crakers and cheese


A fun couple of days on the water even though the fishing could have been better today. This time of year you really have to hunt up those packs of fish but when you find them hold on and have some fun. All of our fish came in 5'-12' of water on either sand shrimp, anchovies, squid or combos there of.
 

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Nice fish and it sounds like you guys had a good time but the picture of Chris. Those are some tired eyes. :sleep: It looks like he hooked himself. :laugh:
 

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Excuse me, is this the same team that was a no show for the Springer competition?

5cents, change that to the lucky nickle as you guys really had a good day to come home with all those gators. Had to be a bunch of fun. I like the rainbow shot too.

Well done, how about a little detail about where to go and what to use. It is obvious that you don't waiste the sand shrimp as bait. I would like to to try that some weekend as the springers are slowin down and not as much fun when they will not bite.

*Fish only bite wet hooks*
 

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Wow! Nice trip :cheers: and pics too - that rainbow shot has great 3D depth to it.
 

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Shane,

Thank you, That was great of you to spring for that delicious breakfast and Dinner. That was way 2 cool, You Da man. Can't wait for the next trip.

I'll try and keep the bait injector away from Chris next trip..... :grin:

I'm giving the two Big Chiefs a work out, so the Sturgeon Candy will be on it's way.

Bobby
 

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man i wish i could get out again. i miss fishing for that beast!! good job guys! :cheers:
 

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Thanks Shane again for the great day. I think we should always leave early for the sturg :tongue: For people who do not have a handle on the fishing down in this area I high recommened getting a chart map of the area and look for different places while for the bite. Shane is always look at the chart book looking for more productive spots. Keep in mind that sturg always get the muchies after 10 am.........Chris
 

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5-cents, were did you guys put in at what ramp?
oh ya nice fish :cheers: also i forgot to thank you for the tip on the herring brine W/the milk they did produce Quick Fisher
 

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Nice fish!! :smile:

I guess it's about time to get down there.
 

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We were fishing up near the deadline below the powerlines in the shallows. I dont think it would matter if we gave exact locations because we went back the next day and the fish were gone :shrug: Point is you got to keep moving until you can find them.

These fish move around a lot this time of year if you get lucky you can intercept a huge pod of keeper sized fish and have action all day :dance: or you can be like us on Friday and never find them. :hoboy:
Just like hunting... check your charts and make a plan, move every 30 minutes until you are into fish. :cool:

Good luck :cheers:
 

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Oh yea check out Tacklebusters posts on this thread about half way down for sound methods for targeting these guys.

:cheers:
 

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Nice job guys.I'll be down there hunting for some of those my self this weekend. :cheers:
 

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Nice fish! I've heard from Dennis Stewart that it's just hot, or at least last week it was.
I'm going out with him soon. I can't wait!

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Sometimes I just don't them swingin' giffs. Saw one a couple of subjects ago that just went right on by..... :shocked: Took me a couple of times but finally saw the finality and promise in your last one. :laugh:

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You guys look like you had some serious fun....job well done.
 

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mmmm. that sandshrimp looks pretty good, Zac!


nice fish guys =)..

5-Cents,
I love looking at your pictures, cuz you always have the biggest grin on your face...so i KNOW that you're enjoying your catch...that's cool! :cheers: well, keep up the funzies

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