Keep that thought, and when you see me posting up the "Shad! 2021" thread, ping me in it. We like virgins!
But seriously, I'd be happy to show you the basics, as would any of the regulars. If nothing else, you need to meet the regulars. Some are characters, but all are genuine, good folx who want to see others succeed.
Anywho, the season is all but over here, and it's time to close this thread. My last 5 outings, Wed-Fri last week, and yesterday and today, all I got was the stinky kitty , unless we count the yellow perch I snagged thru the gills yesterday; it was smaller than my pinky finger. And the cotton is getting thicker by the day, clogging the reel, and guides. That's it, I'm done with shad. Until next year...
Maybe I'll start heading down to the shore once in a while. It's been a few years, and well, blues on light tackle I don't guess I have to tell you. Besides, my old surf pole might like to soak a few chunks, again. I might even fix and rig up my old crab pots.
Hello No Fish Today. As I believe that I had previously posted, we used to fish at the Enfield Dam many, many years ago, and we would catch one shad after another - some days every other cast, as the shad congregated just below the dam. Obviously I have not fished there in many years. I have heard that the dam has long since deteriorated. Is there any shad fishing happening in that area? We used to pay $.25 at a booth manned by a local to access the area, and fish as long as we wanted. Those were the days! Probably in the 1960's - 1970's.
Fishing: the art of casting, trolling, jigging, or spinning while freezing, sweating, swatting, or swearing. Henry Beard and Roy McKie
I went shad fishing in the CT river today just north of the Enfield Dam (Thompsonville Launch). Paul, (Cat in the hat) coached me as far as rigging and technique. Al I had to do was figure out how to achieve the right speed and depth for my boat and gear. The shad was were there. I landed 3 and dropped two others. It's not crazy difficult but it is the fine tuning that has Paul catching 3-4 to my one. The shad hit hard and fought well. It was a hoot. I will definitely do that more often. Thanks again to Paul (Cat in the hat) for showing me the ropes.