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 Post subject: Dad's first 2015 Shad.
PostPosted: Sun Feb 08, 2015 6:49 pm 
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After a long dry spell, my Dad and I were able to fit in a little boat ride/fishing time on the river. We knew it's still a tad early for the Shad. Conditions were nice for early February.

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The old man had the only bite of the afternoon and uttered the words I've heard many, many times over the years,
"son, get the net"...

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Small Hickory Shad. Only things I caught was "timber trout"... Hoping we can go again soon...

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 Post subject: Re: Dad's first 2015 Shad.
PostPosted: Sun Feb 08, 2015 9:29 pm 
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Glad ya fellas got out...it was a pretty wknd....I been meanin to call you and Bill...been a rough month or two...river looks good and I really need to get out.

Dogwoods will be blooming before we know it....ain't shad grand!

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 Post subject: Re: Dad's first 2015 Shad.
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Good "get out " -Don

How does a hickory eat ?? What are those big shad that we catch that are landlocked. Such as the ones in Chickamauga. They look similar to Hickories

Grumpy might know this one ??

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 Post subject: Re: Dad's first 2015 Shad.
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John, was good to get out with the old man as it's been almost a year since we could go a fishin'/boat ridin' and BSing...

Hickory and American shad are fine eating, though very bony. Same y shaped bones between every flake of meat. Like Suckers and members of the ESOX family.

The big landlocked Shad are are most likely Gizzard Shad as they get upwards of 16 inches. Threadfin Shad get to about 6 inches.

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 Post subject: Re: Dad's first 2015 Shad.
PostPosted: Wed Feb 11, 2015 7:59 pm 
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The big gizzard shad that we have here on Boone Lake are prime time Striper bait.
That is what Blake and I have been using for those monster stripers for the past 3-4 years.
I wish that Grumpy would chime in here on this for the shad that are landlocked on the Tennessee River !

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 Post subject: Re: Dad's first 2015 Shad.
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Skipjacks, been wearing 'em out at the steamplant, catching Tilapia to that washed into the Cumberland, big striper have been elusive on the fly.


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 Post subject: Re: Dad's first 2015 Shad.
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Ronnie,
I have heard that tilapia are mostly vegetarian. What are you caching them on ?

I would hope that you are eating a few tilapia -- If not, say so and I will give you a bodacious recipe for them. Probably Beth could cook them without burning them :o

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 Post subject: Re: Dad's first 2015 Shad.
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They make great fish tacos ;) You'll like this, BHPT. The bait guys put a small piece of night crawlwer about 10" below a bobber, i had brought a 3 weight just to kill some time after catching skippies on every cast, it can get boring believe it or not, didn't have a SJ worm at all & the BHPT was the closest thing i had, spanked 'em on it.
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TWRA issued, keep them all or kill them, they start breeding @ 30 days & will breed every 30 days.


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 Post subject: Re: Dad's first 2015 Shad.
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Their body shape says that they would put up a pretty good tussle.
I understand that they get up to about 3 lbs. Also, I understand that they are very temperature intolerant during the winter.
So, give us the scoop--- Mud Bone :shock:

What lakes are they in?
What lake are you fishing ?
How big are they in that lake?
Are they shallow because you are fishing in a warm water discharge?
Have you sauteed any ?
Have you fried any ?
Have you smoked any?

Inquiring Minds ??

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 Post subject: Re: Dad's first 2015 Shad.
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I'd forgot about the Skipjack Herring, they are a Gulf of Mexico drainage fish. Caught a ton of 'em in the late 70's early 80's out of the Chattahoochee River when my uncle was stationed at Fort Benning.

I've had Tilapia in the store that weighed over 6 lbs. from south Florida. Most are less than 2 lbs. Off the top of my head I think water temps below 45 or so are not tolerated well.

Not one of my favorites to eat, kinda bland and dry. I like 'em best smoked or baked.

I too, would like to catch some on the fly or even a cane pole with a worm. :mrgreen:

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