Big Fish!

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  1. TRAP55

    TRAP55 Well-Known Member

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    My son's friend Steve manages a winery in the Napa Valley, and just moved into a house on the Napa River there. Heard a commotion by his dock, and got there just as this kid landed a big Sturgeon, and drug it into his boat. Bad news, over 8ft and you have to release them.

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    joe45c Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Looks like that guy needs a bigger boat!
     

  3. TRAP55

    TRAP55 Well-Known Member

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    He may need a bigger wallet! I was just told landing an oversized Sturgeon is a hefty fine!
     
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    LIKTOSHOOT No Power Options Supporting Member

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    Now that`s a fish.
    Congrats to him, now burn the picture.
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  5. CCHolderinMaine

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    Lot of caviar on the fin right there....
     
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    Nice fish! Bet that gave the arms a workout!
     
  7. BlackEagle

    BlackEagle TFF Chaplain Supporting Member

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    Over 8 feet? I don't see any feet on that fish. Besides, it's only over the two feet of the kid in the boat.

    I hear northern pike and muskies can get frisky and jump out of the water, maybe into boats. Can sturgeon do that too?
     
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  8. joe45c

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    Maybe he can tell i game warden that he didn't land it he boated it. And it wasn't his fault the Sturgeon was hungry. Might be a cheaper fine.:rolleyes:
     
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    ms6852 GUNZILLA Supporting Member

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    Will he still get fined if he releases it? Seems archaic to me to fine anyone fishing and catching a huge fish. That is the whole goal about fishing as well. I can understand if he kept it since you can't control what takes your hook.

    At least now when he tells a story and he spreads his arms he won't be telling any lies.
     
  10. CCHolderinMaine

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    Can't speak for that state, but I'll bet it's the same...you get fined if you keep it. There's a few limits like that here. Oversize striped bass and salmon come to mind. One takes your hook, you have to make your best effort to release it unharmed. Do that and you're ok. Someone finds it in your cooler or you keep it out of the water to take 100 pics and you're getting fined.
     
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    What's he gonna do, kiss it or bite it?
     
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    It's similar here in Oregon, you have to throw the little ones and the big ones back in the water.

    No oversize limit on big stripers, salmon or steelhead though, you just can't keep the little ones.
     
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    sharps4590 Well-Known Member

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    There's two kinds of sturgeon in the Missouri/Mississippi drainage. One is legal to keep and the other isn't. I don't know one from the other. All I know is they get big!!
     
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    shootbrownelk Well-Known Member

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    You fight a big sturgeon like that until it's tired enough to drag it into that boat by the gills, it'll most likely die after being released anyway. That's what I was told by an Idaho Game Warden. You have to release them while they're still in the water. That glory hungry guy probably screwed himself posting that on the internet. It's there forever now, even if deleted.
     
  15. TRAP55

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    Calf F&G rules I guess, common sense left the state too. Without landing it, hth are you supposed to know how long it is?
    I caught a 35lb Salmon in the Trinity one year, on a 6ft Ugly Stick with 6lb test. It took me an hour to land it with out breaking the line, but it did anyhow. I reached out and grabbed the line, and wrapped a couple of loops around my hand thinking she was done now. Had one more run, that almost took my little finger off! Finally got it beached, hand bleeding like a stuck hog, trying to get the tangled line off my hand, when a guy next to me says, "kick it back in the water, the game warden is watching". I asked him wth would I want to do that for?
    It was a female King Salmon, and you couldn't keep any females that year.:mad:
     
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