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 Post subject: James River Shad
PostPosted: Sun Apr 24, 2011 4:37 pm 
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I finally had a chance to get down to this river this morning to try for some Shad. The James hit 70,000 cfs after last week's rain and has finally come down to fishable levels again, although it's still pretty full at about 11,000 cfs. I took the sink tip and some clousers and made the long 5 minute journey down to the shad run. Here's the spot, with downtown Richmond in the background.

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One family was out for a little Easter stroll.

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The fishing wasn't gangbusters but I managed a dozen or so in a few hours. After trying several colors, the shad seemed to like a pink and white clouser best.

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I forgot the suntan lotion and decided to call it a day when the fishing slowed and I started feeling it on my neck. It was good to get out there to add some variety to all the spring trout fishing.


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 Post subject: Re: James River Shad
PostPosted: Sun Apr 24, 2011 7:24 pm 
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I don't know jack about sea run shad ....... How do they eat ??? Do you eat the Roe ???



Good pics !!

JT

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 Post subject: Re: James River Shad
PostPosted: Mon Apr 25, 2011 8:13 am 
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JT, I don't eat the roe but I know that some people do. I've had people ask me for fish after they see I'm throwing them back. I think all of these are Hickory Shad. Supposedly, we get a run of Americans as well, which are a lot bigger but look similar. I'm not sure I could tell them apart other than by size. The run of Americans has dwindled in recent years and now we don't get many.

Even the smaller Hickory Shad are really fun to catch though. They slam the fly hard and fight amazingly well for their size. A lot of them will go airborne 2 or 3 times and they have a real knack for spitting the hook if you aren't careful when they jump.

The stripers follow the shad up the river and this year I'm going to try to get my first striper on the fly. I hooked something yesterday that felt much bigger than the shad I'd been catching and I fought it for a couple minutes before the hook pulled free. I never saw the fish but I like to think it was a striper or maybe a big American Shad, but it could have been an ass hooked catfish as well.

Dan


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 Post subject: Re: James River Shad
PostPosted: Mon Apr 25, 2011 8:44 pm 
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Dshort,
Nice to see some Shad caught!

The Shad run has been dismal down here fer the last two years.

JT, Shad have an excellent flavor; though, are very,very bony...
Like Chain Pickerel, Northern Pike or Red Horse Suckers.

The Roe is also good eatin'. Smoked, fried or sauteed in butter, onions and served on Grits. (insert lip lickin' smiley).
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