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Anyone seeing any Shad yet in the St. John's River, FL ?
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Hi Red Owl,

I think it is just a bit early especially up river. What part of the river do you fish?

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Around Marina Isle, Mullet Park, Lemon Bluff. Upriver from Lake Monroe.
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Cool, That's some of my old stomping grounds (early 90's). I had a houseboat docked in "Sanford Boat works" and my inlaws had one up along Lemon Bluff. The LM Bass should be schooling still along the edges of runs and entries to the flats. The stripers may be holding some already at the entrances to bends just as the water depth starts to increase (creates a nice edge for them out of the flow while they wait for shad). Its a bit early still for the shad run but I've seen some activity this time of year (once) and nature has been a couple weeks early of late. I'd be casting for those schooling LM.

I sure did love fishing for stripers during the shad run down there. Good luck and tight lines.
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Just wondering. What kind of shad are you referring to? Here in Nor Cal, we get American Shad runs in May, June, and July.

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Default Re: St. John's Shad?

I believe the ones in the late January - mid March run are called threadfin shad. 2 - 4 inches long. Both large mouth and striped bass hit these hard for some of the best top water action I've ever experienced. Early morning or late evening you fish round a sand bar, head of a river bend or some large structure. The preditor fish lay in wait and when the shad schools come through its a vertual frenzy of multiple thrashing bass on the top of the water. Throw a floating streamer out in the middle of these and you get a hit almost every time. No joke...

Also, the American shad are a great game fish on the st. john's and run 2 - 4 lb's. I've never fished for them...maybe someone else here?
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I meant American Shad- sorry for any confusion.
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