Catch Date: 04/18/2016 4:51 AM
Story Date: 04/18/2016 16:17 PM
Location: Occoquan VA
Category: Shad, Hickory
Too nice to work, decided to conduct some retirement training and spend the morning on my NuCanoe Frontier casting darts at Hickory shad at the back end of the Occoquan River up in the rocks. Absolutely perfect morning to be on the water, bald eagles and Ospreys enjoying the fishing as well with all appearing to catch their limits.
First shad on a green yellow dart less than 10 minutes in. Great aerial display fighting like a junior tarpon. Plenty to handle on an ultralight rod with Mitchell 308 and 4 lb test.
These fish do not like to be still for the photo op, smart phone almost went over the side, only the width of my yak kept it out the water. Seven shad in an hour. Took a pic of number 2 fish and put the phone away, too risky when they were all the same size and look alike.
Out of the rocks put the mighty Minn Kota 45 down - beats a long paddle - and was home in time to take the bride to lunch before getting back to work.
What a great morning, may have to play hooky again tomorrow! LIG