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Sturgeon Excursion 2010 Report
04-27-2010, 10:26 AM (This post was last modified: 04-29-2010 09:43 AM by Tyler Holm.)
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Sturgeon Excursion 2010 Report
It's really hard to put into words the definition of this trip. The word slow comes to mind for sure...but??? Is that just because we've been spoiled with #'s in the past? By far, this year's average size surpassed all the previous years although we never put in any over 64" like we did the past 2 years. Generally speaking, we're not looking for numbers anyways. Giants is the goal. As far as I'm concerned, goal attained.

I made sure to level set the expectations for this trip. I spent hours researching and following the reports from others. It was obvious Mother Nature gave us an early spring which forced us to fish up river from our normal spot (4-mile bay on LOTW). IMO, the River was the place to be, and it paid off.

In the order they were caught....

1st fish of the trip. 56" 42lb caught out of Clementson.
[Image: ty_56in_42lb_sturg2.jpg]


2nd fish 51.5" caught in the Gap
[Image: ty_51.5in_sturg_5.jpg]


4th fish 50.5"
[Image: ty_50.5_sturg3.jpg]

34.5"
[Image: andy_34.5_sturg1.jpg]

Saturday was awesome for us. We decided to pioneer a trip clear up to the Little Fork (which is the trib where most of the Rainy River sturgeon spawn). We fished right near mile marker 8, meaning we were 8 miles downstream of International Falls. We caught all 5 fish in a 3 hour time frame. Considering each fish is ~30min fight, we rarely had our lines in the water.

45"
[Image: ty_45_sturg1.jpg]


59.25" x 23.75"
[Image: ty_59.25x23.75_sturg11.jpg]


53.75"
[Image: ty_53.75_sturg4.jpg]


56"
[Image: ty_56in_sturg1.jpg]


50.5"
[Image: andy_50.5_sturg1.jpg]


On Sunday we tried the same spot near the Little Fork. Not near as much luck. Another boat was in our spot and they pulled 5 nice fish while we could only watch. Andy did get a nice one thou.

52"
[Image: andy_52_sturg3.jpg]


Ended the trip with 19 sturgeon in my boat (2 guys for 5 days), but we had 8 fish over 50". We never had a goose egg day, but some boats certainly did. Most fish caught in one day was 5 for us.

I personally had an outstanding year. 6 fish over the trophy mark with a personal best of 59.25" (although it was snagged near the tail which made for a hell of a fight)

Links to other's Sturgeon Excursion 2010 Reports
Jeremy's Report
Korman's Report
Nosbi's Report

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04-27-2010, 11:35 AM
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All in all, it was another great trip. I didn't get very many pictures on my camera, I believe that most of them are on Tyler's, but I did make about an hours worth of video that I am working on trying toget digitized. Soon as I get that done, I'll fire it up.

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04-27-2010, 11:59 AM
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Fishing was ok for our group of sturgeon rooks. There were three of us but only two of us fished the majority of the time. I think we ended up with somewhere around 25-30 sturgeon being caught over the 3 days. The biggest fish this weekend went 40, 40, 45, 46, and 47 inchers. We spent most of our time in the bay. Friday we explored the river a little bit catching only a couple sturgeon and a bunch of bullheads. Anybody concentrate their efforts on the river? I would imagine that there were quite a few of them moving up the river to spawn, but I don't really know anything about it so we tried to stick to the bay.

The last picture may be my favorite from the trip. Big Grin


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04-27-2010, 12:17 PM
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Geat pics! Last one is damn hilarious!Big Grin

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04-27-2010, 01:35 PM
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Good job man! Even though you didn't get any real beasts, it's still rewarding as heck to do something new and be relatively successful. Congrats!

P.S. Love the last pic as well!

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04-27-2010, 01:50 PM
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Thanks guys. The weekend before we did better though ending up with two 49's and a 54 inch in a day and a half. Still no mosters, but god is if fun. Can't wait until next year.
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04-27-2010, 04:22 PM
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Man, just took a peek at some of the pics from my camera. Healthy! They are too heavy to post...tonight. Hope to get them up soon.

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04-27-2010, 04:24 PM (This post was last modified: 04-27-2010 04:25 PM by Tyler Holm.)
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(04-27-2010 01:50 PM)nosbi007 Wrote:  two 49's and a 54 inch

Those ARE monsters! I would have killed for fish like that when I was a virgin. 37.5" took the honors for me for the first year I was up. You've done well my friend (especially given the season conditions and others reports).

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04-27-2010, 05:05 PM
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Those ARE monsters! I would have killed for fish like that when I was a virgin. 37.5" took the honors for me for the first year I was up. You've done well my friend (especially given the season conditions and others reports).
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Thanks Tyler. I owe any and all success that I had up there to all of you guys here on the site that helped me out. You guys are awesome!
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04-28-2010, 08:25 AM
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I have to vote this thread as Tyler's most disappointing report of all time! not even a pic after a week! Starting to think you guys got skunked haha

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04-29-2010, 09:46 AM
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Top post updated. I'll add more pictures and stories as I get time. Top post is just the recap of big fish. Lot of photo and tell to come.

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04-29-2010, 10:11 AM
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Sounds like you guys did well on the giants. I thought the bigger ones might be up by the little fork but didn't know enough about the river yet to make the voyage up there just yet. The 59.25 is an awesome fish.
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04-29-2010, 10:41 AM
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Holy dinosaurs batman! Those things are HUGE!

Awesome pics!

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04-29-2010, 11:47 AM
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(04-29-2010 10:11 AM)nosbi007 Wrote:  Sounds like you guys did well on the giants. I thought the bigger ones might be up by the little fork but didn't know enough about the river yet to make the voyage up there just yet. The 59.25 is an awesome fish.

We really didn't either, that's why we called it our pioneering trip. It was a shot in the dark and we were hoping something would stick, well, obviously it did! What a great time.

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04-29-2010, 11:57 AM
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great fish and nice pics guys! way to get on em them bigguns

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04-29-2010, 12:10 PM
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Great job boys! 59" is almost taller that Dufek! When do we reserve our spot for next year?
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04-29-2010, 12:42 PM
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(04-28-2010 08:25 AM)Mr. Rockstar Wrote:  I have to vote this thread as Tyler's most disappointing report of all time! not even a pic after a week! Starting to think you guys got skunked haha

don't worry guys this crow is delicious with a lil Mrs. Dash!

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04-29-2010, 01:07 PM
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Nice post! I like Ty's pic of that 59.25. Nice! And as much as I regret to say this, Double A, your pic of that 50.5 is tits too.

Congrats to all you sturgeonfish fisher people. Both new and old. All cool reports!
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04-29-2010, 02:06 PM
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Dad's Boat...

Dad with a PB 53"
[Image: steve_53_sturg3.jpg]


Sturgeon Virgin Rick caught more fish than anyone, but didn't get a big one.
[Image: rick_sturg2.jpg]


Sturgeon Virgin uncle Jim with a 61.5" - 3rd place plaque!
[Image: jim_61.5_sturg2.jpg]

It takes quite a bit for these videos to load.
*Video of Jim's fight*

*Video of Jim's fish*

*NOTE* All videos might (and very likely will) contain adult verbiage.

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04-29-2010, 02:18 PM
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that 61.5 is a BEAST! way to pop the cherry Jimbo!

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04-29-2010, 02:22 PM
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Sweet fish guys! The gut on that last one is HUGE.

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04-29-2010, 02:48 PM (This post was last modified: 04-29-2010 02:51 PM by Andy Anderson.)
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Looking back over the pictures from the trip, I have a new favorite. Fish was a 52" fish.
[Image: andy_52_sturg4.jpg]

Probably my funniest pic of the trip. (Man are they a strong fish!)
[Image: andy_50.5_sturg_blooper.jpg]

Yes, the little ones are SHARP! When fishing for them, expect to get lacerations on the hands.
[Image: sturg_spines.JPG]

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04-29-2010, 03:58 PM
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Those are some huge fish guys! I'm glad the river worked out for you.
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04-29-2010, 05:59 PM
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well i know what i'm doing this fall Wink
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04-29-2010, 06:25 PM
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59 and 61... SUCCESS!!
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