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Thinking of going dino fishing around the mouth of the Stave in late October, have had success in the past around that time of year. Wondering if there are better times to go. I live in the interior, so I only get to go once or twice a year.
 

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Rogue0412,

Anytime from now until mid Nov. (or later depending on the runs) is AWESOME. There are some reall big fatty's out there waiting to make one's day. Last weekend we had a Dino on that straighted the hook while giving us 3 head shakes.


GOFISH 8)
 

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This is something I've wanted to try for years. Is there much good water that can be fished from shore? I guess if there is, people will likely want to keep the secret; I know how to do that. Also, if these spots exist do they get busy on the weekend?
I don't know what kind of equipment to use either. I basically don't know anything about this fishery, except really big fish. Thanks everybody.
 

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typically during pinks seasons the sturgeon will feed really heavy on pinks, as the chum show up they will slow down on the bite after that it will pick up typically around mid to late november, it will really depend on when the chum show up. but right now with fresh bait its pretty amazing
 

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This is something I've wanted to try for years. Is there much good water that can be fished from shore? I guess if there is, people will likely want to keep the secret; I know how to do that. Also, if these spots exist do they get busy on the weekend?
I don't know what kind of equipment to use either. I basically don't know anything about this fishery, except really big fish. Thanks everybody.
you certainly can fish them from shore, however there are a few issues:

1. If you run into a very large, determined sturgeon, you can't really chase it like you can with a boat.
2. snags. often near the shore of the river is a huge snagfest, especially when you have to reel in 20oz of weight for a long ways. Nothing worse than a 100lb tuffline snag with $10 of gear on the end.
3. unlike salmon fishing, its hard to have more than a couple fisherman sturgeon fishing the same piece of water from shore. This, combined with finding a non-snaggy piece of water can make quite a few shore-sturgeon fishermen pretty tight lipped about 'their' spots. The good news is, from my own experiences, there isn't a strong following of the shore-sturgeon fishery. There is a lot of water to explore. I'll send you a PM with a couple spots to check out and what to use for gear.
 

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Teppit1 said:
what's a good bait to use that time of year?
The best bait is always the freshest you can find, fresh roe, fresh guts, fresh, fresh, fresh.

I see so-called guides picking up rotting carcasses that are floating down the river and using that, those guys are dimwits who are ripping off their clients no wonder we out fish them 5 to one day after day.

No wonder they don't like locals fishing near them!
 

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Dogbreath said:
Teppit1 said:
what's a good bait to use that time of year?
The best bait is always the freshest you can find, fresh roe, fresh guts, fresh, fresh, fresh.

I see so-called guides picking up rotting carcasses that are floating down the river and using that, those guys are dimwits who are ripping off their clients no wonder we out fish them 5 to one day after day.

No wonder they don't like locals fishing near them!
Please tell me you are not serious?????? stink bait is one of the most effective baits in the fall and late summer, there is a lot of days when your only gonna get your fish on stink bait... not only that but you also get a lot of larger fish on stink bait... keep that theory of yours going... cause that is all it is... if any body sees a floating spring just grab it , hang on just the skin or bag some of the flesh and fish it... the last year I guided I had 9 fish over 8 feet on just stink bait...
 

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How true that is tnt.

Sturgeon like a variety of baits and that can change fish by fish, hour by hour. I use everything at my disposal to try to entice one of those beauties to take my offering. Stinky and Fresh ............ doesn't matter.

I've also caught some of my biggest Dino's on the stinky stuff just as you stated. It all depends on what they prefer at that time.


GOFISH 8)
 

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the best bait is what they are feeding on. your best bet is to find a floater, one that has some fuzz on it, cut out some belly meat, tye it on a 8-0 hook. lol don't get any on ya.
 

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Hey Rogue, (or anyone else)
I will also be going out for my first time sturgeon fishings sometime soon. I was told that there are some spots around mission bridge. I don't have a boat and I'm going to try fishing for them from shore so if anyone wants to meet up send me a pm. I might have an extra surf rod or two that I use to use for stripper fishing on the east coast.
 

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Like TNT stated stink bait is essential for this time of year.

Just for a fact. I forgot my stink bait at home last weekend and TNT outfished me 2:1 as I was using fresh bait. he beat me by 1 foot too. either that or he has superior abilities beyond anybodies control...

I think the clients are getting their money's worth when using stink bait, its hard to find a good guide who does not pass out while baiting up!
 

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Well Dogbreath by the name of your avatar maybe thats the reason you dont need the stink bait :D (just kidding ya) But no - we have had phenomenal days with stink bait - dont leave home with out it :thumbup: :D And dont forget the FRESH roe in the arsenal box too ;)
 

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Stink is the ticket, who-ever said stink-bait isn't good bait doesn't catch that many BIG sturgeon, by far the BEST bait to use besides fresh, fresh roe ( according to what is running at the time)
 
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