How can you catch a trophy-sized sturgeon if you don't have a boat. Simple, head east of the Chinook Tunnel a couple of miles and get ready for a fun day of sports fishing on a budget.

You will need a stout 9 or 10-foot rod and spinning reel large and strong enough to crank up at least 200 yards of 40-pound test line. A sliding swivel that can accommodate 6 to 16 ounces of pyramid sinker goes above the Dacron leader and 2/0 or 3/0 hook is at the end of your gear.

Bait of choice seems to be sand shrimp, but anchovy or smelt or anything else a scavenging sturgeon will engulf will do the trick. Cast toward Astoria, sit back to enjoy the comfort of your own rock, and wait for a bite.

But be careful when you rear back to set the hook, as the highway is only inches from your back and trucks, cars, and RVs zip past at 50 miles per hour.

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