The girl and her Gator

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  1. QHs PAW

    QHs PAW Senior Refuge Member

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    As time goes by, it seems that I get less days with my kids on the water so, when my daughter said "Dad I have Friday off, want to go fishing?" It didn't take much for a yes.
    I've been down after the gators a few trips in the past couple weeks so I already knew the season was running a little behind or maybe just slow. It didn't matter really because today was about father daughter time.
    As I expected, it was still slow down there, we decided to give it to 1:00. As is often the case, we ran a little over so, at about 1:15 my daughter says "well, it's past 1:00 dad?" So with that we all get up and head to the poles. Before we get to the poles I look and my daughter's pole is getting a bite. So one good hook set and the fight is on.
    She's fighting the fish about 5 min.

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    Then she says she's getting hot, will I hold the pole for a second. Then the battle continues after she sheds a layer.
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    Another 10 minute, "hey dad can you hold this again for a second?" Another layer shed and the battle continues.
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    By now I think Kodi(my Lab) realizes this is gonna take awhile.
    The battle continues.....

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    Another 15 minutes and some coaching from good ol' dad.

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    "OK girl quit showboatin' takem to the mat."
    " OK dad."

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    Well, we stayed a couple more hours with no results.
    Didn't matter, she got her fish and all I had to do was pull the hook.
    Best day this season.....for dad.
     
  2. RingneckSlayer

    RingneckSlayer Elite Refuge Member

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    Cool:tu:clap
     
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    So did you keep the fish? How much did it weigh? Tell us more:scratch
     
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    QHs PAW Senior Refuge Member

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    It was what we call Oversize. It was 18" too long to keep. It was released unharmed to live to fight another day.:yes
     
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    Thanks. That is a great photo series:clap
     
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    How big they got to be there? White or Lake Sturgeon?

    We are allowed 1 60" lake sturgeon a year by hook and line. We can also spear 1 over 36" a year as well.
     
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    QHs PAW Senior Refuge Member

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    That fish is a white sturgeon. We also have green sturgeon but they don't allow us to keep the greens anymore.
    They started a new way of measuring this season. That's why you'll hear people from around here saying **" to the fork and **" overall.
    When you measure the whole fish, the section of the river we were fishing, the overall length is about 45" minimum and 60" maximum(actual legal length is measure from the tip of the snout to the fork in the tail 41"min, 54" max).
    Our annual limit is at 5 a year.
    You can get a 5 fish annual in Oregon and Washington as long as no more than 5 of the total come from the Columbia river.
    We have a card that we fill out each time you get a fish. We have the same card system for salmon, steelhead and halibut.
     
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    We get one tag a year for Lakes. You have to punch the time and date.

    Sturgeon Spearing is done in mid Feb and you are allowed 1 over 36". You only have 6 hours a day to do it and must register it at a landing no more than 1 hour after close. They keep really close tabs on the fish so not too many adult females are speared. The season can last as long as 14 days and has lasted a few as 2 based on the success rate.

    6 hours a day looking down this
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    For a chance at this
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    QHs PAW Senior Refuge Member

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    Now that there is a pig. Are those lakes any good eating?
    I know the whites aren't that good when they get older.
    Back when we could keep them up to 72", I kept one that was 71 1/2" and said never again. My neighbors didn't mind it, so it didn't go to waste or cat food.
     

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