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#1780792 - 03/24/20 09:26 PM SHAD! 2020
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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, 42 F, air temp 49-50 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...

George Darrell ...

I support "PETA",
"People Eating Tasty Animals"
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#1780811 - 03/24/20 10:40 PM Re: SHAD! 2020 [Re: No Fish Today]
Don P Offline

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Great effort and good to hear a kid got one Shad Saturday.....Stripers gotta be on them. SALT LIFE is coming back.
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#1780816 - 03/24/20 10:55 PM Re: SHAD! 2020 [Re: No Fish Today]
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Registered: 01/25/06
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Loc: Terryville
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
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#1780873 - 03/25/20 11:17 AM Re: SHAD! 2020 [Re: No Fish Today]
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Registered: 01/04/07
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Loc: Stafford Springs, CT
Sweet let the fun begin! Hopefully this year will be a great year for you.

I will be up and down the Farmington river in my kayak chasing them soon!

Save a tree eat a Deer!!!!!!
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#1780889 - 03/25/20 12:12 PM Re: SHAD! 2020 [Re: No Fish Today]
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Registered: 07/07/03
Posts: 1108
Loc: Tolland
As Mick Jager sang:

"Doup dadubie SHADDED!!!"

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.

Tight Lines

MikeV
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#1781122 - 03/26/20 08:23 PM Re: SHAD! 2020 [Re: No Fish Today]
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26th.March: today behind Bart's, arrived approx. 6:15 pm, and fished for one hour. Nobody else joined me on the rocks, but a couple of people were fishing down at the ramp.

Water: down about 6" from Tuesday, clear, good current, 43 F.

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. Under all that, I threw hammered silver in a variety of colors. No fish today.

George Darrell ...

I support "PETA",
"People Eating Tasty Animals"
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#1781260 - 03/27/20 08:43 PM Re: SHAD! 2020 [Re: No Fish Today]
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27th.March: behind Bart's, arrived 6:pm, fished 1.5 hours. The kid who caught the shad last Saturday was there about an hour before my arrival.

Water, down a few inches from yesterday, clear, very good current, 48 F.

Tackle: the usual suspects (check the post above).

Terminal tackle: 3/4 oz drail over a 3', 8# flouro leader. Under that mess, I threw hammered gold w/orange, hammered copper w/chartreuse, and hammered silver w/pink.

The kid caught a scale, but it wasn't from a shad. I got nada; no fish today.

I'm not going to make it out this weekend. If anybody goes out, good luck, and please report in this thread!

George Darrell ...

I support "PETA",
"People Eating Tasty Animals"
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