My name is Xxxxxx (name redacted to protect the guilty), and I'm..I'm a.. ..shadaholic.
Last year was so *damned* slow, I didn't even bother to start a thread. Against my better (pessimistic) nature, I am hopeful this year is not going to be as dismal. I did catch a handful in the 2019, but they were so far and few between. :sigh:
First trip report of 2020, today behind Bart's, approx. 2:10 pm-3:30 pm. Water: moderately high, clear, good current, 42º F, air temp 49º-50º F. Train traffic is up! Three passed (2 w/in 1 min, in opposite directions) in the short time I was out.
Tackle: Rod: an Ugly Stik 4'6" U/L Pro Reel: a Penn 4200 SS, spooled with 10# Power Pro
Terminal Tackle: 3/4 oz drail over a 3', 8# flouro leader. I threw hammered silver, gold, and copper in a variety of colors. All for naught.
Only one other joined me on the rocks. Keeping social distance...
A friend posted on FB a pic of her kid with a shad. Apparently he caught it on Saturday. Let the games begin...
Best of luck with your shad fishing. Although I haven't fished for shad in many years, that was always my favorite spring fishing. We always started the season behind Bart's and eventually ended up at Enfield Dam. We paid the $.25 at the booth to enter, and then headed for the ladder (with the "Do Not Use" sign) and stood on the narrow area below the ladder and casted for hours. Some days you just couldn't miss, with a fish on every cast or every other cast. Those were the days. After the season was over we would make another trip there to go out and retrieve the shad darts which were lost by people getting hung up and losing them. We would get hundreds of them. Actually I believe that I still have some. Yes, those were the days!
Fishing: the art of casting, trolling, jigging, or spinning while freezing, sweating, swatting, or swearing. Henry Beard and Roy McKie
Great to hear that you got out. I am not hardcore for shad but the times I have gone it's been feast or famine. Can't say that I have ever experienced a slow steady pick; it's been rods bent bedlam or a snore fest. I hope we experience a good run this year. Fishing as we know is like the lottery; you have to be in it to win it.
Good luck on your future trips and please keep us posted as to how you do.
I went down behind Bart's 3:30-6:pm this afternoon. The water was middling high, clear, and with a fair current. I forgot to get a surface temp. Air was calm and warm to start, but the breeze came up by 5, and it started to get chill.
Terminal tackle: 3/4 oz drail over a 3', 8# flouro leader. Under that mess, I threw hammered silver and gold in pink, chartreuse, yellow, and green.
Of the 8 people total, who were either there before me, or arrived after I hit the bank, 0 fish of any species caught. A couple of passing boaters reported the same, no fish today.