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It’s a bit chilly but that never stopped me before
Here’s a snapshot of a 44 incher that joined the party a few minutes later.
fishing report photo of Bass, Striped photo taken on 4/5/2018 7:21:00 AM contributed by Willie

Catch Date: 04/05/2018 7:21 AM

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SamToshAwesome! What bait?
LikeReply 9 months
WillieCut herring
LikeReply 9 months
Still having fun
Been a very productive week thus far. Landed this 40 inch beauty, 5 minutes after getting setup.
fishing report photo of Bass, Striped photo taken on 4/5/2018 4:10:00 AM contributed by Willie

Catch Date: 04/05/2018 4:10 AM

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SamToshVery nice rockfish! Are you using cutbait or bloodworms?
LikeReply 9 months
WillieCutbait.
LikeReply 9 months
Not a bad day
Here’s another party crashed, lol.
fishing report photo of Bass, Striped photo taken on 4/2/2018 5:18:00 AM contributed by Willie

Catch Date: 04/02/2018 5:18 AM

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Shaking off the rust
Went fishing with one of my retired Navy buddies and this lady crashed the party.
fishing report photo of Bass, Striped photo taken on 4/2/2018 4:32:00 AM contributed by Willie

Catch Date: 04/02/2018 4:32 AM

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My kids said the fish was as long as my leg, so I had to compare it......LOL
fishing report photo of Bass, Striped photo taken on 3/28/2017 7:26:00 AM contributed by Willie

Catch Date: 03/28/2017 7:26 AM

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fishyrose3Awesome catch!!!
LikeReply 1 year
LikeReply 1 year
Not a bad day on the water.
fishing report photo of Bass, Striped photo taken on 3/28/2017 7:26:00 AM contributed by Willie

Catch Date: 03/28/2017 7:26 AM

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The things you see when you don't have your fishing gear. This was taken from the top of the wall around the Tidal Basin. Shad were schooling all along the wall in the shady areas. No more than two feet from the wall and just swimming back and forth like mad things. The Tidal Basin is posted "no fishing" most of the time but is home to amongst these Shad, Stripers, Gar, Snakeheads, Bass, Carp and Catfish. I've seen some very big ones jumping clear of the water. No matter the "no fishing" signs , one guy was walking along the wall trolling with a hand held rod. I didn't see him catch any but he had a lot of nerve.
fishing report photo of Shad, Hickory photo taken on 5/23/2016 7:31:00 AM contributed by Canuck

Catch Date: 05/23/2016 7:31 AM

Out on the water with the "Chief". Nice way to spend the day before his retirement ceremony.
fishing report photo of Catfish photo taken on 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM contributed by Willie
This is better than the catfish I caught the day before.......
fishing report photo of Bass, Striped photo taken on 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM contributed by Willie
By the end of the day, about 5 hours of fishing in all, I had hooked 22 fish and landed 15 of them. So an average of 1 fish every 14 minutes, even more frequent if I discount the hour of slack tide when they just don't bite and I could have stopped for lunch. I can see how a dedicated fisher in a good spot could land 100 of these guys in one day. Maybe I'll be back to try for that mark.
fishing report photo of Shad, Hickory photo taken on 4/8/2016 8:51:00 AM contributed by Canuck

Catch Date: 04/08/2016 8:51 AM

Shad Story 2 Chapter 2. I had arrived about an hour before high tide, caught my first within a half hour and landed a few more before they stopped biting on the slack. While casting and retrieving washed darts and waiting for the fish to start up again, the cormorants and ospreys closed in to feed on them. One Cormorant emerged while still trying to swallow his catch and an osprey swooped down to try to steal it out of his beak. The cormorant barely made it back under the water with his lunch. I switched to a green and chartreuse dart after the guy fly fishing next to me hooked a shad. He almost hooked a cormorant as well when one chased his hooked fish for a bit. That shad must have been close to having a heart attack. A few minutes after that - fish on!
fishing report photo of Shad, Hickory photo taken on 4/8/2016 6:51:00 AM contributed by Canuck

Catch Date: 04/08/2016 6:51 AM

Shad Story 2 - Chapter 1. Two days later I head out once more to Fletcher's cove to catch more Shad. I check the tides, I check the river gauge - both are much lower than the previous trip. I decide to take my 6' 11" Skeet - Reese Shaky-Head / Finesse worm medium action rod, also with 8 lb test line. I rig up a large red & white Shad dart, having lost all of my large orange and chartreuse darts during my last outing. I stop at Fletcher's shop and pick up some large red and chartreuse darts plus three others with varied colors and chartreuse skirts. That is when I realise I have forgotten my camera. No problem I have my cell phone. Except the battery is dead. Now that I am guaranteed I can't prove it I am sure I'll have the catch of a lifetime. How did I get this photo you ask? It is an out-take from two days earlier. I start at the same spot I started at before. I can cast farther and I'm reaching well into the current.Guys are catching fish all over the place. I hook nothing until I switch to one of my newly purchased red and chartreuse darts. First cast - fish-on!
fishing report photo of Shad, Hickory photo taken on 4/8/2016 8:51:00 AM contributed by Canuck

Catch Date: 04/08/2016 8:51 AM

Shad Story - Chapter 7. About 10 minutes later I land my 7th and last fish of the day. Another Hickory, again on the red and white Mackerel jig. In all I hooked 12 with 5 of them getting themselves off the hook at some distance from the shore. That works out to an average of 1 fish on for every 40 minutes or so. Not bad for a first try at it. I was using a 7 foot Ultralight Ugly Stik GX2 with 8 lb test line. Very nice for these feisty fish. I resolved to come back again soon, but that is another story.
fishing report photo of Shad, Hickory photo taken on 4/8/2016 9:25:00 AM contributed by Canuck

Catch Date: 04/08/2016 9:25 AM

Shad story - chapter 6. 25 minutes later. I had switched to a red and white Mackerel jig. This Hickory swam up to take a look and got too close. That hook is into his eye socket, not his eye. I took a long time getting it out in order to save his eye. I tossed him back and he languished on the surface for a long time before he briefly thrashed about and quickly swam back to the depths.
fishing report photo of Shad, Hickory photo taken on 4/8/2016 9:13:00 AM contributed by Canuck

Catch Date: 04/08/2016 9:13 AM

Shad Story - Chapter 5. One of the big questions at Fletcher's right now is When are the American Shad going to really start running? I have no real idea what the difference is between a Hickory and an American Shad. I have read the descriptions of how they each fight, I had fought four Hickories before this one and I have seen multiple photos of each that really have not helped much. The Hickories had all fought along the surface, jumped and run and scrambled around like mad things until they got close to shore whereupon they just kind of gave up. This guy fought deep, pulled hard and only turned around when his only other choice was to come up. He fought all the way in and even after I had him on the rocks. He is photographed in this position because this is the only one I got in which he is laying still. 45 minutes had passed since my last catch.

So I am calling this an American Shad. If anyone thinks different - chime in. You can see what I caught him on still in his mouth.
fishing report photo of Shad, American photo taken on 4/8/2016 8:51:00 AM contributed by Canuck

Catch Date: 04/08/2016 8:51 AM

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JimmyI really can't tell americans from hickories either but you've inspired me to go an try and catch one or the other this week before heading to NC for a little Spec/Striper fishing. Are you using mono/flouro or braid? The reason I ask is that for the last two years when I went shad fishing with my brother he always out fished me for shad. On one trip I was skunked with my rigs using braid and right before we knocked off for the evening I grabbed of his rods with mono and boom, first cast I hooked up. I'm thinking shad are leader shy.
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CanuckI was using a hybrid braid. No leader. First day it was Berkely Fireline Crystal.& #x0d; My only issue with that line is that it seems very brittle. If I snag it on a rock even once I am at serious risk of it snapping on the next cast. I have taken to checking the last few feet every time I snag on anything. Another line I use is Tufline Duracast, that has all of the benefits of the Fireline but it is not brittle and has never snapped on a cast. The guy next to me was catching them on a fly rod. He had a short leader but it was not invisible.
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Eventually I change location. I go upriver to a rocky point that gets me closer to the current. Everything I have read or heard about Shad says they hang out at the edge of the current where they can feed without spending a lot energy staying in place. My move quickly pays off with my fourth fish of the day, this one on a red and white shad dart.
fishing report photo of Shad, Hickory photo taken on 4/8/2016 8:05:00 AM contributed by Canuck

Catch Date: 04/08/2016 8:05 AM

Shad Story chapter 3 - just over an hour later my red & chartreuse shad dart hits the mark again. At this point I am regretting not taking the Bos-Mon up the river. You can just see a boat beyond my shad's nose. Those two guys are reeling one in on every second cast. As far as I can tell they are using the same lure.
fishing report photo of Shad, Hickory photo taken on 4/8/2016 6:51:00 AM contributed by Canuck

Catch Date: 04/08/2016 6:51 AM

Two lost lures and one massive tangle later, about 45 minutes in all, I catch hickory 2, By this time I had company - you can see them in the background. One was using a fly rod, the other a spinning rod. Both were catching one on every second cast. We could cast into the same area on their shore side. I was unable to find out what lures they were using. I was using Orange / Chartreuse shad darts.
fishing report photo of Shad, Hickory photo taken on 4/8/2016 6:41:00 AM contributed by Canuck

Catch Date: 04/08/2016 6:41 AM

Plan A on this day - I was supposed to be on a Lake Anna Striper Charter. Weather suggested otherwise and the operator allowed us to re-schedule as he was concerned we would get skunked. Good long term thinking on his part. Plan B was to head out on Bos-Mon to go after LMB, but none of my buddies could get the day off on short notice. Plan C was to head down to Fletcher's Boat House on the Potomac to fish for Shad from the shore. Something I had never done. Last year I steered the Bos-Mon up above Fletcher's and managed to get skunked while watching fish jump all around me for over two hours. I arrived at high tide and within an hour I landed my first ever Hickory Shad. I now know why they are called the "Poor man's Tarpon". Of course I'll have to catch a Tarpon now in order to really compare.
fishing report photo of Shad, Hickory photo taken on 4/8/2016 5:55:00 AM contributed by Canuck

Catch Date: 04/08/2016 5:55 AM

6 Comments
JimmyNice catch Canuck! As a child my mom would occasionally let me play hooky from school to go shad fishing with my older brother when they came in. We still try and go every year to Deer Creek and the Susquehanna river but the run is nothing like it used to be.
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CanuckHey Jimmy, Thanks! Some of the guys I know tell me that they have caught up to 100 Shad in one day. That would be impressive. I hooked 12 and landed 7. I'm going back today in hopes of catching more. Otherwise this weekend was a bust with both the Friday charter and the weekend tourney postponed due to weather.
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JimmyIn the early 1970s we would be lined up shoulder to should on Octoraro creek in Cecil county Maryland and everyone would catch at least 20. Back then they were harvested primarily for their roe. They've been hit hard but are making a comeback on the Susky. Today it's all catch and release.
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CanuckYeah, hammering them for roe will wipe them out. The commercial herring fishery on Canada's East coast has been doing that for a while and the only thing keeping that fishery alive is the fact that we wiped out the cod as well - which took one of the big Herring predators out of the system.
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JimmyFishery management can be a depressing issue. We did a show in Norfolk and the guys next two us were an advocate group trying to stop a large corporation from netting tons of bunker in the Chesapeake bay thereby greatly reducing the supply of food for the large migratory stripers. I come across similar issues with gill netting on the Chesapeake and Pamlico sound fisheries. Hopefully one day governments will see the light, Sport fishing is a lucrative and sustainable industry. Sorry for the rant, fishery management is a sensitive issue with me.
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CanuckUnderstood, I favor good management practices as well.& #x0d; & #x0d; Have you seen this?& #x0d; & #x0d; http://marinesciencetoday.com/2013/05/22/recreational-vs-commercial-fishing/& #x0d; & #x0d;
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