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. November is a epic fishery that is all too often over looked. The goal as always is to top the previous results. June Sturgeon fishing can certainly fulfill that goal. There’s big White Sturgeon in June on the Fraser river. The BIG ones are arriving from the ocean 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.
And the adventure begins
The eager crew were ready as can be so we set out from the Mission dock at 9 AM for a 6 hr charter. We were going up river towards Chilliwack but not all the way. There were a few spots beckoning us to drop a line. We tried our first spot for about an hour with only 1 good touch. But no hook up. Time to move and find a fish with more passion to inhale our bait. Another spot just a bit farther upstream proved to be a bit heavy on the debris coming down the Fraser. This is a result of high water runoff from the snow melt. So we moved inside a bit to get some freedom from the logs, sticks and leaves.
We were all waiting for a bite. Something to let us know we’re in the zone. Then we had a thump on rod #2. A good thump. The kind of thump that only a large aggressive sturgeon can deliver. And then nothing for about a minute. Then the rod 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 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!
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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. What happened next was absolutely stunning. 2 colossal jumps right out of the Fraser and very close to the boat!
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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.
Here’s a little info about what to expect from a big Fraser River Sturgeon when you’re on the right end of this dilemma:
Be prepared for a real battle. This ain’t no old rubber boot lying at the bottom of the river. These fish have a reputation of dishing out aches and pains for what seems forever. Guests are converts once they experience the struggle and thrill.
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There are few places on Earth that can deliver the consistency of getting big sport fish like Fraser River Sturgeon fishing can. You’ll be going toe to toe with one of the toughest fish on the planet! Sturgeon are known for long screaming runs that exceed 300 meters and tail walking jumps that will probably have you cussing!
- Incredible White Sturgeon fishing from March to late November
- Mission, British Columbia is the world’s White Sturgeon capital
- Catch Salmon & giant Sturgeon on same day September to November
- 100% success rates!
- Stay from 1 to 14 days
- Clean modern lodging under 5 minutes from the Fraser River in Mission BC
- Includes all premium tackle & highly experienced licensed guides
- 20 – 22 foot covered and V8 powered aluminum jet boats
- Optional airport and daily transportation available
And so the battle was well under way.
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. So far anyways.
Going to the shore!