Catching Sturgeon from your kayak

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Hook 1 Customer Howard Lewis sent over this article on “Sturgeon on the bite in Bay, San Luis” that ran in the San Francisco Chronicle on Sunday the 18th – by Tom Stienstra, Chronicle Outdoors Writer

“In the best success by kayak-anglers in years, a flotilla of eight kayakers all caught the elusive sturgeon last weekend.  The fish averaged five feet long, pulled the boats on a “magic sleigh ride”, and when finally brought alongside, all but a few were released.

This occured in the China/Rat Rock area of southwest San Pablo Bay, known as the southwest apex of the Sturgeon Triangle.  The anglers used a mix of ghost shrimp and grass shrimp for bait.

“We saw more sturgeon last weekend than we have seen in the last two months combined.,” said Keith Fraser at Lock Lomond Live Bait in San Rafael.

The apparent key to the bite was an excellent cycle of outgoing tides that bottomed out with minuses.  The next sequence of similar tides starts arriving in the coming week, with excellent prospects from Thursday through the following Tuesday (Jan. 27), best each day in the afternoon.  I’ll probably end up fishing this cycle on Saturday afternoon.

One lucky angler, Cliff Silva, reported landing five sturgeon in the 4 – 5 foot range last weekend, and released them all.

Learn How:  Fraser’s one-a-year seminar, “Sturgeon Fishing Bay Waters,” one of the best fishing seminars in the business, is scheduled for 7:15 p.m. Saturday (Jan. 24) at the Marin Rod & Gun Club, located at the western foot of the Richmond Bridge. $5. (415) 456-0321.

Now get this:  In a shocking catch at San Luis Reservoir near Los Banos, a 6-foot, 8-inch Sturgeon (that’s about 140 pounds) was caught and released.  The lucky angler was Earl Taniguchi of Fowler.  The sturgeon was probably pumped 40 years ago as a fingerling out of the delta and arrived to San Luis via the California Aqueduct.”

This story can be read at the source HERE

Here is a link to the China Camp State Park brochure – BROCHURE

Over at the NorCalKayakAngler site there is a thread “Tips for Targeting Sturgeon from a kayak” by Erik Kunz.  Read this article HERE

67-inch sturgon caught on 1/25/2003 from San Pablo Bay. Estimated 80 – 90 lbs.

Erik Kunz resides in Santa Rosa, CA and has been an avid saltwater kayak fisherman since 2000, and first began targeting sturgeon from his kayak in 2001. Through his side-business, Kunz’s Reel Rods, he builds custom crafted fishing rods for discriminating anglers nationwide. Visit his website at http://

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