I have considered Lake Sturgeon my favorite target for quite a while now, and for longer than I care to admit, it has been a goal of mine to break the 5 foot (60 inch) mark. For the longest time, my personal best sat at 57 inches. But, this weekend, shovelnoser47 and I made the trek back home from Bemidji State, to fish for dinos. Our first night produced a handful of smallish fish In goldenfishbergs boat, thanks again for taking us out again homie. Our second night just plain sucked, cold wind and heavy rain with only a couple drum willing to bite. Our third night was shaping out to be a bust as well, with the river being EXTREMELY high. But goldenfishberg and buddy Ed were joining us so at worst we'd have good company for the night.
Some hours passed and our only fish landed was a small sturgeon caught by Shovelnoser. Goldberg and Ed decided to call it a night and just as I was saying my farewells to them Sam yells at me "You're getting a bite dude!" And by the time I look up at my rod, it had stopped twitching. Sam encouraged me to set the hook anyway, so set the hook I did and made contact with what felt like a log on the other end. But then the log jumped, and then came right up next to us to jump again. The fish then proceeded to go on a giant screaming run back out into the main channel. After a while the fish began to tire and Goldberg stood at the ready, and when the fish finally came close enough Goldberg made a glorious human netman by tail grabbing the Sturgeon. The tail stopped at 64 inches. I finally got my 60+ under my belt! And it felt extra nice to catch it from shore.
A handful of pictures were taken and she was released as strong as can be. I'm sure she's down there munching on unfortunate Shad as I type this story. Huge shout out to Goldberg for the pics and ninja fish wrastlin' skillz, and to my main homie Shovelnoser47 for spotting the bite while I was distracted. And a big fat thank you to roughfish.com for being the most inspirational damn group of anglers. Sorry if this post is a bit wordy but this is the most fulfilling catch I've had in months and I wanted to share it with you all. You guys rock.