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    Default Atlantic Sturgeon in the James !!!

    What a great day I picked to burn a vacation day........

    Launch around 8:30am, hoping to catch the right tide for my new favorite spot, that my bass bud shared with me. I passed a big, floating marker bouy and a few hundred feet down stream was a big skiff doing something but I saw no fishing rods. Another giant bouy downstream. So i stopped to see. Boy-O-Boy am I glad I did!

    Biologist boat from VCU university was catching Atlantic Sturgeon with a 200'+ bill net. I asked if I could watch the guys could not have been nicer. Matt Balazik, PhD biologist with VCU and Corp of Engineers, has been leading a James River Sturgeon program for years. They had 3 "big" fish, in the tank. I mentioned how big they were and was told that these 5.5'ers were only medium.

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    I've lived my 52 years no more then 6 miles from the James river. I can't imagine how many times i've been on it. Last week was the first time I actually saw a sturgeon leap from the water (Breach). I thought that was so cool. Then this week...........I get this........! I'm still kinda in shock. My index finger is tired from texting pics and clips from today to friends and family. What an awesome way to burn a vacation day. Cloudy, spotty drizzle, almost no wind.

    Matt was a constant teacher as he explained everything they were doing. I stopped him and ask if he would repeat for me to share with my 4th grade next door neightbor, Caleb. Well, how cool is this.............?

    Atlantic Sturgeon In James River VA Sept 2020 - YouTube


    And here is a release.


    James river Sturgeon release - YouTube


    Take 8 minutes and watch this video. Lots of good in this world!

    James River Sturgeon - YouTube

    Also, check out James River Sturgeon on Facebook. I don't think you have to have FB to browse it.

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    on a lesser note i did catch the end of the tide and the fish were hungry. I quickly went thru 4 dozen minnows. Landed about 30 fish. i kept 2 on the live well until another friend showed up for a pic to share. I keep Caleb posted until this virus is gone and he can be on my boat again.

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    Just yesterday, Marsha called me to make sure I was on the way home, as we had an uninvited indoor house guest. Caleb loves all creatures.

    Caleb and the Skink - YouTube

    He returned the skink to the woods.........on the other side of his house! Marsha didn't think that was far enough away.

    Take THAT 2020! Good always wins!!
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    I believe this is one of the fish they just released.

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    Wow, reading your story made me feel like I was on the river too. Thanks for sharing!
    John

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ranger690 View Post
    What a great day I picked to burn a vacation day........

    Launch around 8:30am, hoping to catch the right tide for my new favorite spot, that my bass bud shared with me. I passed a big, floating marker bouy and a few hundred feet down stream was a big skiff doing something but I saw no fishing rods. Another giant bouy downstream. So i stopped to see. Boy-O-Boy am I glad I did!

    Biologist boat from VCU university was catching Atlantic Sturgeon with a 200'+ bill net. I asked if I could watch the guys could not have been nicer. Matt Balazik, PhD biologist with VCU and Corp of Engineers, has been leading a James River Sturgeon program for years. They had 3 "big" fish, in the tank. I mentioned how big they were and was told that these 5.5'ers were only medium.

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    I've lived my 52 years no more then 6 miles from the James river. I can't imagine how many times i've been on it. Last week was the first time I actually saw a sturgeon leap from the water (Breach). I thought that was so cool. Then this week...........I get this........! I'm still kinda in shock. My index finger is tired from texting pics and clips from today to friends and family. What an awesome way to burn a vacation day. Cloudy, spotty drizzle, almost no wind.

    Matt was a constant teacher as he explained everything they were doing. I stopped him and ask if he would repeat for me to share with my 4th grade next door neightbor, Caleb. Well, how cool is this.............?

    Atlantic Sturgeon In James River VA Sept 2020 - YouTube


    And here is a release.


    James river Sturgeon release - YouTube


    Take 8 minutes and watch this video. Lots of good in this world!

    James River Sturgeon - YouTube

    Also, check out James River Sturgeon on Facebook. I don't think you have to have FB to browse it.

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    on a lesser note i did catch the end of the tide and the fish were hungry. I quickly went thru 4 dozen minnows. Landed about 30 fish. i kept 2 on the live well until another friend showed up for a pic to share. I keep Caleb posted until this virus is gone and he can be on my boat again.

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    Just yesterday, Marsha called me to make sure I was on the way home, as we had an uninvited indoor house guest. Caleb loves all creatures.

    Caleb and the Skink - YouTube

    He returned the skink to the woods.........on the other side of his house! Marsha didn't think that was far enough away.

    Take THAT 2020! Good always wins!!
    What a day man! Thatís so awesome!


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    Just awesome Dayton just awesome

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    What a great day, thanks for sharing.

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    WOW! Thanks Dayton. Encounters like that can really make your day. I think a lot of people don't realize that Sturgeons are prehistoric species that date back to the time of dinosaurs.
    Fair Winds and Following Seas

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    Thanks guys. It was fun. Here is a little more of their work.

    Sturgeon coming aboard VCU - YouTube


    Sturgeon catch VCU - YouTube


    Sturgeon runaway VCU - YouTube

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    Awesome! Just plain Awesome! Great report!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roy View Post
    Awesome! Just plain Awesome! Great report!
    I'll second the Awesome from Brother Roy. I'd love to feel one of those beasts pullin' for sure!!!
    Thanks for sharing.
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