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Does anyone have the results from the sturgeon hunt? What was the winning length, second place...etc. I wasn't able to make it out this year and I haven't heard anything yet about the hunt.
 

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Does anyone have the results from the sturgeon hunt? What was the winning length, second place...etc. I wasn't able to make it out this year and I haven't heard anything yet about the hunt.
Winning length was 47" caught by Stephen Aiton. Can't remember the other fish. 48 total sturgeon caught. Many many small sturgeon. Terrible wind, the only boats I saw with fish had either two anchors or their boat was not affected by the wind as much. As always, lots of people fishing 20-30mins before 8am in the back channel. Bites were almost impossible to see or feel later in the day in most spots. We had two 15lb anchors and that sometimes was not enough to hold us. The water was the warmest I think it has ever been for a derby 63'f degrees. This was the first derby I can remember where the tide was not coming in during the start of the derby, so my first spot was not hot at all. I only saw a couple small sturgeon landed later in the day and would say most were caught early. I believe there was something like 60+ caught last year and maybe more than that the previous year.

Funny that you can go out fun fishing and catch a dozen, but during the hunt your lucky to catch any some years. I wonder if the larger sturgeon come up into "Sturgeon Alley" later, because I've had days were we've caught 3-4 sturgeon over 44" and a 48-49" almost everytime out late in the fall. Breaking the over 50" barrier is tough.

The only complaint would be that the raffle table isn't what is used to be when the other lion's club were organizing. The only comfort after a cold fishless day is the chance at winning a decent prize at the raffle table. A certain sponsor should be ashamed of their donations, considering that they are in the business of selling fishing tackle. I've donated more to raffles to other smaller fishing events/fund raising than what they did for the Lion's Club's Sturgeon Hunt... and I'm not in the tackle business, just a fishermen! I was not the only person who felt that way either. Not that they have to donate a lot or high value items, just not junk they can't sell. The organizers may be partly to blame for not giving all the sponsors/donaters ample advertising or recognition as well. For comparison, the Kayak tournament was extremely well organized and the sponsors/donaters were generous and therefore well represented. When it comes down to making buying decisions, seeing a company that supports fishermen definitely can sway a buyer's choice even if things are a few dollars more.

Strange that both the sturgeon hunt and smelt derby are mere shadows of their former glory... what gives? I guess that less people are fishing nowadays or people just don't put the heart into things like they used to.
 

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Thanks for the update, sounds like I didn't miss to much this year. A lot of wind and damp conditions make for a long day sturgeon fishing. Thanks again for the update, couldn't find any info anywhere.
 

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I'm glad you said that about the prize table, BigFish. That was my first time at the Sturgeon Hunt, and didn't know if that was the norm or what. I was pretty disappointed at the prize spread and thought they could have done way better then that, considering the size of their event as compared to the kayak fishing tourneys, which don't get more then two douzen participants yet manage to land a few thousand dollars worth of prizes. I thought it was strange that hardly anything was related to fishing except that kiddie fishing rod combo and the lures. Though the fishing event itself was fun (despite the weather and lack of fish on our part), we still had a good time and plan on going back next year. (we were that group of kayakers from Canadian Kayak Anglers).
I also learned HOW to catch sturgeon for next time, which was mighty kind of those two fellers in the boat anchored next to the big fishing vessel. If you're reading this, guys, thanks a bunch! (from the guy in the green kayak who looked sort of miserable in that rain and wind and couldn't get anchored for the likes of him, but was actually having a good time).
 

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This is the results from the hunt.....

Fisherman # FL Cms. TL Cms. INCHES girth Cms. weight (lbs) weight

(ounces) TOTAL
WEIGHT floy tag Overall
Size #
62 ($1,000.00) 108 122 48.03 47.5 29 6 29.375 3076 151.375
72 ($400.00) 104 115 45.28 42 22 3 22.1875 3082 137.188
181 ($200.00) 97.5 115 45.28 44 18 12 18.75 3083 133.750
136 ($100.00) 96.5 108 42.52 57 14 0 14 2737 122.000
102 ($75.00) 90 100 39.37 35.5 11 10 11.625 3057 111.625
102 81 93 36.61 36.5 10 12 10.75 3207 103.750
71 81 92 36.22 34 10 5 10.3125 3081 102.313
169 79 88 34.65 34 9 4 9.25 3210 97.250
181 80 91 35.83 32 8 15 8.9375 3084 99.938
62 73 83 32.68 31.5 8 5 8.3125 3051 91.313
64 76 84 33.07 31 8 3 8.1875 3052 92.188
196 80 93 36.61 32.5 8 2 8.125 3209 101.125
132 76.2 90.17 35.50 33.02 7 13 7.8125 3214 97.983
56 78.74 93.98 37.00 33.02 7 5 7.3125 3220 101.293
145 77 87 34.25 30 7 5 7.3125 3078 94.313
139 74 86 33.86 28 7 0 7 3080 93.000
136 72 81 31.89 28 6 8 6.5 87.500
56 72.39 86.36 34.00 29.21 6 7 6.4375 3250 92.798
85 77.47 88.9 35.00 27.94 6 6 6.375 3219 95.275
54 78.74 92.71 36.50 33.02 5 15 5.9375 3218 98.648
173 76.2 87.63 34.50 27.94 5 15 5.9375 3215 93.568
174 71.12 81.28 32.00 26.67 5 4 5.25 3216 86.530
123 67.31 76.2 30.00 27.94 4 15 4.9375 3225 81.138
144 68 77 30.31 25 4 15 4.9375 3079 81.938
168 66.04 74.93 29.50 26.67 4 14 4.875 3224 79.805
52 63.5 76.2 30.00 26.67 4 14 4.875 3222 81.075
112 67 77 30.31 26 4 12 4.75 3085 81.750
136 67 75 29.53 25.5 4 10 4.625 3055 79.625
184 62 70 27.56 26 4 3 4.1875 74.188
184 71 81 31.89 26.5 4 2 4.125 3208 85.125
65 62 70 27.56 23 4 0 4 3053 74.000
188 59 68 26.77 27 3 14 3.875 3056 71.875
195 58.42 68.58 27.00 24.13 3 2 3.125 3212 71.705
136 59 67 26.38 21.5 3 2 3.125 3054 70.125
196 58.42 71.12 28.00 22.86 2 14 2.875 3221 73.995
184 58.42 68.58 27.00 22.86 2 13 2.8125 3211 71.393
169 62 73 28.74 23.5 2 13 2.8125 3206 75.813
202 54 62 24.41 23 2 10 2.625 3086 64.625
196 54.61 64.77 25.50 22.86 2 9 2.5625 3213 67.333
144 50 60 23.62 20 2 9 2.5625 3077 62.563
169 52.07 62.23 24.50 21.336 2 4 2.25 3223 64.480
196 63.5 77.47 30.50
 

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I have fished this tournament for many years and I couldn't agree more.As far as the fishing went it was the worst day my partner and I had ever seen there.Also in reference to the prize table we only stayed for a few minutes and decided it wasn't worth it.I must say that the homemade soup,sandwiches and hot coffee sure hit the spot.Thanks to the ladies in the kitchen.
 

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i will second that thanks to the ladies in the kitchen - those sandwiches realy hit the spot after a rainy day of fishing.
 
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