This White Sturgeon delivered the fight of a lifetime!
Tuesday June 6 and our repeat clients(the Brockstar group) had booked another Sturgeon fishing trip on the Fraser River. The last time they were here was early November 2 yrs ago. That was a very productive trip for some big fish in the 5 – 7 foot range. The goal as always is to top the previous results. June Sturgeon fishing can certainly fullfill that goal. There’s big White Sturgeon in June on the Fraser river. The BIG ones are arriving to get ready to spawn or to be ready for the upcoming salmon runs. June has produced epic results over the years for fish that have reached 1,000 pounds. But there are bigger ones too. It’s just hard to land them.
We set out from the Mission dock at 9AM for a 6 hr charter. We were going up river towards Chilliwack but not all the way. We tried our first spot for about an hour with only 1 good touch. But no hook up. Time to move. Another spot just a bit farther upstream proved to be a bit heavy on the debris coming down as a result of high water runoff from the snow melt. So we moved inside a bit to get some freedom from that.
We were waiting for a bite. Then we had a thump on rod #2. A good thump. And then nothing for about a minute. Then it thumped again and this time buckled right over. That usually means Fish On! But the fish got lucky, hook slipped out and we were still fishless. I put the same bait on rod #1 too in hopes to encourage another attempt. It worked. 5 minutes later and rod #1 had a taker. This fish was not shy and crushed that bait. It was fish on right away!
A monster Sturgeon is on!
Immediately it was obvious we had a very big fish on the line. The rod was cranked right over and the fish was slowly moving upstream. A sure sign of big White Sturgeon. Whathappened next was absolutely stunning. 2 collosal jumps right out of the Fraser and very close to the boat!
Now we knew we had our work cut out for us. At least an hours worth I told our guests. They were uttering all kinds of expletives in their adrenal rush of excitement and perhaps euphoria.
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And so the battle was underway. With each jump there’s always the chance the giant Sturgeon could spit the hook. And with each of the 7 jumps over the next hour our hearts stopped momentarily as we waited to see if we still had it hooked. Luck was on our side.
Going to the shore!
It’s 70 minutes into the battle and there’s a sign the fish is starting to surrender. Our massive Sturgeon suddenly appeared at the surface right behind the boat just as our only hope of a decent landing spot on shore was fast upon us. No time to waste here and we headed in. I nosed the jet boat up on the shore and we quickly began our routine of securing the fish, unhooking it, taking a measurement and lots of photos.
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