Autofisher, my dad and I will be out there about 10 o'clock tomorrow for the Sturgeon opener on the lower Willy, anyone else gonna be out there???? Launching from Swan Island and will probably fish the harbor area.
i heard the catwalk on O.C. is closed for good!!! due to when people release fish they not allways survive is a far fall!!fish4life said:does anyone know if you can fish off the catwalk in oc or did they shut that off to public access, or any other good spots to bankfish from?
thanks for sharing your story!!! those are some great fish!!! How lighter your tackle was??autofisher said:Jay and I met his dad at the boat ramp around 10 in the morning. Took a short jog and got out to our spot..... Took us about 5 minutes to rig up and our lines were in the water. Took about 15 minutes before Jay's dad's rod went OFF..... and just as quick it was gone..... Then mine started dancing...... and poof it was gone.... straight to Jay's and WHAM! Jay set the hook high and hard and the fight was on..... about 20 minutes ( we were using light tackle) and Jay landed this brute of a fish.... It was so cool seeing his fish on the fish finder before we netted it. I could literally track it as he fought it.
After we got it measured and tagged, our lines were back in the water......not even five minutes and the rod buries again followed by a hard hook set and I got handed the rod..... this thing WAS SO ANGRY! It ran and ran, and every time we thought we were making ground, it would take OFF again.... it ran under the anchor line, it ran under the boat, there was even a time Jay told me not to run out of line.:shock:....remember, light tackle. So we finally tire this beast out and get it up to the boat:clap:. We tried three times to get a good measurement and it just wouldn't let us. We got it up on the boat and got a quick measurement.ray:...I was 3 inches over.....quick snap while we were measuring and back in the water the beast went..... I know you're not supposed to have oversize out of the water:naughty:, but it was too close to call leaning over the side of the boat.
The fishing died down pretty much after that and we called it a day around two..It was a great time and I can't wait to do it again and get my keeper.