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swirlchaser 11-16-2011 10:18 AM

played with the Shad all morning
 
Hit the beach this morning with some much welcomed company. Bass never came up but plenty of Shad to keep us busy. Gina even got into them with the flyrod! :)
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wannafish 11-16-2011 02:36 PM

Re: played with the Shad all morning
 
I was waiting for you to post a picture of a shad as I had never seen one; somewhat similar to bonefish in looks. I guess they used to run in the Saint John river here before the dams were put in and maybe they still do but I've never caught one.

swirlchaser 11-16-2011 03:06 PM

Re: played with the Shad all morning
 
I normally fish them in June, in the Delaware river. They're a lot of fun on a 6wt. This time of year they pop in on the beaches. Not much fun on a 10wt but better than being skunked.

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Originally Posted by wannafish (Post 348785)
I was waiting for you to post a picture of a chad as I had never seen one; somewhat similar to bonefish in looks. I guess they used to run in the Saint John river here before the dams were put in and maybe they still do but I've never caught one.

You may have some land locked Shad above the dams but I'm pretty sure the dams have stopped the migration. In the river we catch them on what we call Shad darts. Size 1 hook, tinsel wrapped from the bend to the eye and a few wraps of bright chenille behind the eye. They don't get much easier than that.

mcnerney 11-16-2011 03:22 PM

Re: played with the Shad all morning
 
Congrats, I've never fished for Shad, but from the sounds of it they would be fun.

swirlchaser 11-16-2011 03:31 PM

Re: played with the Shad all morning
 
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Originally Posted by mcnerney (Post 348796)
Congrats, I've never fished for Shad, but from the sounds of it they would be fun.

They put up a good fight. Add that to the current in the river, a light rod and fish on almost every cast when you they're in the river and you got yourself a good day of fishing :D

gatortransplant 11-16-2011 03:55 PM

Re: played with the Shad all morning
 
Then shad are much like freshwater drum (some call them sheepshead, not to be confused with sheepshead/convict-fish, the saltwater species) when I fish in Kentucky. Great fighters and voracious eaters, and very abundant! I plan on targeting them on the fly when I get a chance. Great look of joy in the second photo!

Rip Tide 11-16-2011 04:18 PM

Re: played with the Shad all morning
 
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Originally Posted by wannafish (Post 348785)
I guess they used to run in the Saint John river here before the dams were put in and maybe they still do but I've never caught one.

That would be American Shad which are pounds larger than the hickory shad. Hickory shad are a relative new comer to the cold water northeast.
The hickorys do fight like little tarpon and while they're a by-product catch when fishing for stripers, they're still fun.

swirlchaser 11-16-2011 04:35 PM

Re: played with the Shad all morning
 
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Originally Posted by gatortransplant (Post 348818)
Then shad are much like freshwater drum (some call them sheepshead, not to be confused with sheepshead/convict-fish, the saltwater species) when I fish in Kentucky. Great fighters and voracious eaters, and very abundant! I plan on targeting them on the fly when I get a chance. Great look of joy in the second photo!

She's a trooper, hung in there the whole morning. I was throwing a 30' T11 sinktip. Not exactly the best setup for a new caster. Luckily they were in close and she got to a few.

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Originally Posted by Rip Tide (Post 348825)
That would be American Shad which are pounds larger than the hickory shad. Hickory shad are a relative new comer to the cold water northeast.
The hickorys do fight like little tarpon and while they're a by-product catch when fishing for stripers, they're still fun.

Sorry for fishing a sinktip Riptide. Rip was too much today. I thought of you today when I switched out my reels. Lol:eek:


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