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#1784695 - 04/29/20 10:20 AM Re: SHAD! 2020 [Re: No Fish Today]
MikeV Offline

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Great. Sounds like it was a decent outing. It will only get better. Soon there will be striped bass chasing those shad as well.It is just so good to get out these days.
MikeV
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#1784700 - 04/29/20 10:41 AM Re: SHAD! 2020 [Re: No Fish Today]
Don P Offline

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Registered: 05/03/07
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Good luck today NFT and all other Shadders.
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#1784778 - 04/29/20 07:45 PM Re: SHAD! 2020 [Re: No Fish Today]
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Fished from 2:pm to 4:30 pm. Today, or at least this afternoon, the weather was not nearly as nice as yesterday. The wind was fresh, up from the south chopping the water pretty good. The current was stronger today, and combined with the wind, and 1.5 oz of lead topping the terminal tackle I had to give it time to settle to the bottom. It took a very slow retrieve to keep the dangley bits anywhere near the bottom. Once again, no idea of the water temp, as it's too far to reach the water, and I wasn't risking swimming today. It was cold in the breeze. There were a half dozen regulars there, and a couple more came and went, leaving plenty of room and large gaps between fishermen.

I commenced casting practice for about 30-45 minutes before I hooked up. After a nice fight, I landed a decent 2+# buck. Great color, lots of kicks, and after a Kodak™ moment I released it. It was slow, but between the regulars pretty much everyone caught at least one. Despite the cold breeze and chop, it was busy enough to keep everyone's interest piqued, and attention sharp.

Terminal Tackle: 1.5 oz drail, over 2.5' flouro leader (anything longer was getting fouled by that fresh breeze), and hammered silver leaves in red/black/white (the one that caught my vitamin), chartreuse, light/dark blue, green, and yellow/white w/eye.

I'll be taking it day by day for the next couple or three days watching the weather, and sneaking out between raindrops. Tight lines!

George Darrell ...

I support "PETA",
"People Eating Tasty Animals"
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#1784793 - 04/30/20 07:14 AM Re: SHAD! 2020 [Re: No Fish Today]
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wprst april weather in a few years, even after last years cold winter it was warmer going into the month of may. nothing but rain and wind.
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#1784868 - 04/30/20 07:15 PM Re: SHAD! 2020 [Re: O-BASS]
No Fish Today Offline
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Hey Now, O-Bass!

As bad as this April has been, I remember last April was worse. We had so, damned much more rain. I just looked at the numbers: this April, coldest on record; last year April was the wettest on record with 8"+ rain.

Tight lines!

George Darrell ...

I support "PETA",
"People Eating Tasty Animals"
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#1784988 - 05/01/20 09:24 PM Re: SHAD! 2020 [Re: No Fish Today]
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6:15-7:40 pm this afternoon. Water was up about 2'-2.5' from Wednesday. Current was ripping, but the water was clear. It was balmy and very pleasant. Lots of folx taking casting practice, but I only saw one shad landed. I had to concentrate to keep on the bottom with 1.5 oz of lead, but never got so much as a nibble. No fish today.

I forgot to update the tackle I use at the river in Cromwell, my UL just doesn't cut the muster throwing 1+oz of lead.
Tackle: Penn 4400 SS spinning reel, mated to a 6'0" Ugly Stik Med-Heavy action, Elite one-piece rod.

Terminal Tackle: 1.5 oz drail, over 3' of 8# flouro leader, and a hammered silver orange/yellow, and a yellow/chartreuse willow leaves.

I expect it to pick up over the weekend, especially with the beautiful forecast. Tight lines!

George Darrell ...

I support "PETA",
"People Eating Tasty Animals"
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#1784989 - 05/01/20 10:47 PM Re: SHAD! 2020 [Re: No Fish Today]
Don P Offline

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Registered: 05/03/07
Posts: 13983
Good luck NFT

You saw 1 Shad caught? What’s up with theses Shad....either they’re there or they’re not...right?....how does only 1 get caught in a crowd? This Shad fishing sounds fishy! wink2
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#1784996 - 05/02/20 10:27 AM Re: SHAD! 2020 [Re: No Fish Today]
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Don P, not fishy enough, LOL! I hope it picks up over the weekend.

George Darrell ...

I support "PETA",
"People Eating Tasty Animals"
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#1785020 - 05/02/20 09:45 PM Re: SHAD! 2020 [Re: No Fish Today]
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5:15-7:pm this afternoon, really mild and pleasant. The water came up another 1'+ from yesterday, clear, but with more flotsam, and the current was ripping. About 10-12 on the bank, but most of them were concentrated downstream. For good reason. One shad in a bucket near my post, but none on the bank. At the "crowded end", I saw one guy land 4 between 5:30-6:40 pm, and a couple of more by another guy before I left. The shad might be holding in a hole, or eddy due to the strong current.

Tackle,as yesterday: Penn 4400 SS spinning reel, mated to a 6'0" Ugly Stik Med-Heavy action, Elite one-piece rod.

Terminal Tackle: 1.5 oz drail, over 3' of 8# flouro leader, and a hammered silver orange/yellow, and a hammered copper green w/black dot.

No fish today, but at least I didn't lose any terminal tackle. Tight Lines!

George Darrell ...

I support "PETA",
"People Eating Tasty Animals"
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#1785050 - 05/03/20 09:20 AM Re: SHAD! 2020 [Re: No Fish Today]
Don P Offline

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They seem active right before sunset from your posts 5:30-6:30PM. Good Luck

They should be in masses any day now right?
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