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The past couple times we have been out Sturgeon fishing, anchored in 40' - 60' of water with a temp of 2* we have seen many breach the surface without our hooks in thier mouths. What is the reason? Are they shaking off parasites? There has to be a reason that they come from those depths to hit the surface.... Dry Flies ??? ;) :happy:
Any answers ???
 

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Sorry man don't know why but they do it a fair bit. I almost ran into a monster while rounding a bend one day.
 

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Last week was the most we saw breaching. On the incoming tide. We moved the boat to where we saw one and within 10 mins had one on. On Tuesday, we got 1 on the high slack. We saw a few jump on the outgoing. They were smaller ones.

So, it's the tides/currents that make them breach?
 

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My last ride was a 12ft vanguard with a 40...I was anchored at the mouth of the stave fishing off the back, when I caught this white glow just off the back of my boat...had a 6ft sturgeon look me in the eye...if it had breached towards me it would have landed in the boat....however as startled as I was...I was already tripping over everything in the boat including my woman going the other way!!! (That'll wake ya up any day)
 

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Just a little story from long ago. Back in the 60's my buddy and I were bar fishing the Fraser near Agassiz.
Back in those days you were allowed to keep one sturgeon but the minium size was 36".
I caught one about 40" long and I am sad to say we bonked it and took it back to my Grandmother to cook some steaks for dinner.
Sturgeon by the way is a very good table fish.
Anyway, long story short, just after that my buddies rod which was propped up in some rocks on the **** started bouncing and being pulled down towards the river. He ran over and grabbed it just as it was about to go for a swim.
He gave the sturdy 8 ft.trout rod a mighty strike and a sturgeon abut 6 or 7 feet long jumped out of the water, snapping his light line and leaving him with a wide open mouth for about 15 minutes.
And if that wasn't enough excitement for one day, a few minutes later a logging boom boat was chugging up the river and just after it went by a sturgeon breached that was longer than the boom boat.
The funny thing about it was that as it breached it rolled over while turning it's underbelly to us.
It was about 100 meters away from us and we both turned to one another and said in unison " did you see the size of the a$$hole on that fish?
The fish was at least 10 or 12 feet long---longer than the boom boat--and the weight is anybodys guess,but I figure close to 1000 lbs.
I can still see that fish as if it was yesterday.
 

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The last time we were out in our boat we were on the mouth of the Harrison and this HUGE sturgeon jumped about 10 feet from the front of our boat! This thing WAS HUGE! I have never seen one that big before!
 

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There have been a few accounts of boats and Jet skis running into breaching fish causing all kind of problems.
One incident involved two people on a Jet Ski. I remember reading of broken bones. Another time a couple were speeding along in there runabout when one breached in front of them. It took out the windshield and broke some of the mans ribs. The fish, which died, was over 6' long and over the legal size limit on the Columbia. The couple applied for permission to keep the fish which was then mounted on the wall of the restaurant they owned.

Think about that the next time your blasting along on the river. :confused:

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OK Ok I get it!! I have seen many sturgeon jump in the Fraser River especially this past fall, but I am still unsure what makes them jump?....Two years ago we caught a buch of sturgeon one day and not one of them jumped. This past fall, Ogobogo and some friends of mine were out and almost every fish hooked cleared the water. One biggie around 8-9 ft. completely cleared the water twice!!.......Ortho 8)
 

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Years ago maybe mid eighties a friend and myself were fishing the powerlines at Jesperson and had Sturgeon from a 1 foot to 6 footers jumping all around the boat and we never had a hit the whole time they were jumping. Jumping sturgeon can be a a real danger. In Florida on the Suwannee River the Gulf Sturgeon have taken out enough boaters that now they post signs warning about them.....

I have never hread of anyone having a run in with one on the Fraser but I'm sure it could happen
 

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Interesting post, Bill. I am quite sure, someone will get whacked one of these fine days...Seems like last fall there was a lot of jumping sturgies in the Fraser and some of them were HUGE and not the kind of thing you want on the bow of your boat while heading back to the launch
Ortho 8)
 

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Yea i hear ya ortho. I think I have seen the same behemoth do a triton missile lunch out of the water below the mouth of the vedder 4 times and I swear it is well over 12 feet and well over 1000 lbs. I'm pretty sure it is the same fish that I've seen because all 4 times I have seen it it was not very far from the last place I saw it. Now can you imagine something like that landing on someone's boat. I think I well be reading the fine print on my boat insurance... :thumbup:
 

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Is it in the area above the gravel barge, I found a gut in the area and and away from the pack that more than once this past summer saw a pig of a fish launch splash, then was gone and all was quiet, almost creepy quiet.
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