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#11903276 - 10/27/16 01:13 PM Some other bottom feeders
Freshwater Phil Offline
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Registered: 01/10/13
Posts: 264
Loc: North of the Border
End of October usually has water temp somewhere below the 50 degree mark up here. Carp fishing tends to slow down, and as the sturgeon season closes in a few days up here (Oct 31st), took advantage of a friends' invite to chase some lake sturgeons with my kids. Aged 10 and 14, they had never caught any before. Outer temp was just above freezing, we're already wearing ice fishing gear, snowsuits and all.

My 14 year old managed to battle the muscular giants, after I showed him the proper technique.


My 10 year old need lots of help with the couple big ones he got a crack at.


I hooked this one, then it was a tag team effort starting with my 10 year old, then passed the rod over to his older brother.


Finally, my 10 year old managed to land a smaller one on his own.


Few other bottom feeding species share wintering holes with sturgeon this time of year.

I caught my first freshwater drum in over 10 years.


My son landed his first redhorse sucker, and a decent channel cat as well.


That about does it for their season until first ice. I hope to get a couple more carping session, as well as another crack at some late season musky and walleye before then.
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PB common = 38.5 lbs
PB mirror = 22.5 lbs
PB musky = 52 inches (40 lb fatty)
PB blue cat = 59 lbs
PB lake sturgeon = 57 inches
PB alligator gar = 65 lbs

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#11903471 - 10/27/16 02:55 PM Re: Some other bottom feeders [Re: Freshwater Phil]
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Well done. Nice variety there. What do the sturgeon like to eat?
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#11903846 - 10/27/16 06:23 PM Re: Some other bottom feeders [Re: Curt0407]
Freshwater Phil Offline
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Originally Posted By: Curt0407
Well done. Nice variety there. What do the sturgeon like to eat?


We usually catch the on big worms, 2-3 per hook. All fish in the pics were caught on same. I've caught them on dead minnows before as well, and occasionally people get then on chicken hearts. Worms are best by far though, at least for the lake sturgeon in this part of the country.
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PB common = 38.5 lbs
PB mirror = 22.5 lbs
PB musky = 52 inches (40 lb fatty)
PB blue cat = 59 lbs
PB lake sturgeon = 57 inches
PB alligator gar = 65 lbs

2015 big ones:


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#11903999 - 10/27/16 07:54 PM Re: Some other bottom feeders [Re: Freshwater Phil]
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You called them 'lake' sturgeon. Are they just passing through on their way from the ocean, or do they spend their entire lives in freshwater?
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You should get a ticket just for punctuation. What adult types like that?

Originally Posted By: Tallgrass05 on 11/8/16 at 3:32 PM
The GOP declared Hillary the winner when they picked Trump as their candidate months ago.

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#11904276 - 10/27/16 09:44 PM Re: Some other bottom feeders [Re: Uncle Zeek]
Freshwater Phil Offline
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Freshwater only. Lake sturgeon are referred to as "yellow sturgeon" in French. The ones further east that are in salty or brackish water are Atlantic sturgeon, known in French as "Black sturgeon", as they are darker. They tolerate both salt and freshwater. Also grow a lot bigger, up to 400-500 lbs, as opposed to these that don't normally exceed 100 lbs (though 200 lbs have been reported).
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PB common = 38.5 lbs
PB mirror = 22.5 lbs
PB musky = 52 inches (40 lb fatty)
PB blue cat = 59 lbs
PB lake sturgeon = 57 inches
PB alligator gar = 65 lbs

2015 big ones:


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#11905049 - 10/28/16 11:38 AM Re: Some other bottom feeders [Re: Freshwater Phil]
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Registered: 09/26/05
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Well I did not know that. I learned something new. Thank you!
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Originally Posted By: Jkrez
You should get a ticket just for punctuation. What adult types like that?

Originally Posted By: Tallgrass05 on 11/8/16 at 3:32 PM
The GOP declared Hillary the winner when they picked Trump as their candidate months ago.

roflmao

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#11905424 - 10/28/16 02:30 PM Re: Some other bottom feeders [Re: Freshwater Phil]
Freshwater Phil Offline
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Registered: 01/10/13
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White sturgeon out West in British Columbia are the biggest, can grow over 1000 lbs. On my bucket list, one day...
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PB common = 38.5 lbs
PB mirror = 22.5 lbs
PB musky = 52 inches (40 lb fatty)
PB blue cat = 59 lbs
PB lake sturgeon = 57 inches
PB alligator gar = 65 lbs

2015 big ones:


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#11905909 - 10/28/16 07:32 PM Re: Some other bottom feeders [Re: Freshwater Phil]
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coolphotos Good times and nice fish! Thanks for sharing. cheers
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#11906403 - 10/29/16 09:06 AM Re: Some other bottom feeders [Re: Freshwater Phil]
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Awesome post.

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#11906623 - 10/29/16 12:29 PM Re: Some other bottom feeders [Re: Freshwater Phil]
ZzzKing Offline
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Registered: 01/03/15
Posts: 26
Loc: Dallas
What part of Texas were you fishing? smile

Nice fish! Looks like loads of fun.

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#11906687 - 10/29/16 01:28 PM Re: Some other bottom feeders [Re: Freshwater Phil]
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He is fishing the Canada part of Texas. They have some good fishing in the north lands. It just gets cold too soon for me.
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#11907368 - 10/29/16 07:50 PM Re: Some other bottom feeders [Re: ZzzKing]
Freshwater Phil Offline
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Originally Posted By: ZzzKing
What part of Texas were you fishing? smile

Nice fish! Looks like loads of fun.


St Lawrence River near Montreal, Canada. I do fish Texas once in a while when visiting family, lived there for a bit in the previous century.
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PB common = 38.5 lbs
PB mirror = 22.5 lbs
PB musky = 52 inches (40 lb fatty)
PB blue cat = 59 lbs
PB lake sturgeon = 57 inches
PB alligator gar = 65 lbs

2015 big ones:


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#11907373 - 10/29/16 07:51 PM Re: Some other bottom feeders [Re: Curt0407]
Freshwater Phil Offline
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Registered: 01/10/13
Posts: 264
Loc: North of the Border
Originally Posted By: Curt0407
He is fishing the Canada part of Texas. They have some good fishing in the north lands. It just gets cold too soon for me.


Yeah, already making my ice fishing plans. Guessing we should have safe ice in about 6 weeks or so.
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PB common = 38.5 lbs
PB mirror = 22.5 lbs
PB musky = 52 inches (40 lb fatty)
PB blue cat = 59 lbs
PB lake sturgeon = 57 inches
PB alligator gar = 65 lbs

2015 big ones:


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#11914453 - 11/03/16 07:16 AM Re: Some other bottom feeders [Re: Freshwater Phil]
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Amazing trip and catches, Phil! Well done!
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#11917005 - 11/04/16 01:34 PM Re: Some other bottom feeders [Re: Freshwater Phil]
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man
all that in 1 trip
incredible

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