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2019 Shad Fishing

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Rain....rain.... go away!!!

Water level, clarity, and temp all just about perfect.

3-4 small bucks an hour just downstream of their first major migratory hurdle.

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went there yesterday. Water level still a little bit high. Have no bite until 6:00 PM. got one small fish. Lost a big one. Very slow overall 

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Slow morning....

Landed a few bucks and this nice 4lb hen.

Spent most of my three hours casting my plug bag for stripes with no love.

 

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If anyone has the leaderboard for the Holyoke shad derby please post it here.

I wish they had a website dedicated to this!

Soo many shad are killed and discarded because everyone who catches a respectful size fish brings it to the check station..... :banghd:

(100% of the time it's an egg loaded female) 

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Hey Beachorbust.....   check your PM inbox :howdy:

As the winner of my shad spoon kit and a day on the water (from the SOL Christmas auction)

we need to set a date asap!   The next two weeks should be primetime.

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I fished a popular shad spot from 6:30-8pm last night on the Merrimack River. I landed two shad and lost 3 fish. I supposed it was the braided line that caused the hook to rip from their paper thin mouth during the hookset. I normally use mono but just happened to use a reel with braid and didn't feel like changing lines. 

 

Water Is still high up to the trees making casting difficult even with waders. There's a few clearing that can accommodate 2-3 wading and a couple more downstream for the adventurous anglers otherwise casting is very limited. 

 

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CT river in Holyoke is over twice the flowrate as last year on this date!! 

It'll drop and clear up quickly if the rain holds off for a few days.

 

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I would suggest to approach shad fishing, on the entire  Holyoke side or up river side in S. Hadley of the CT river, the same as fishin the Ditch for stripers....

Watch and learn.

Once you have a feel for the rotation, start up a conversation and ask if they mind if you squeeze in.

 

If you find yourself with plenty of room to explore, fan cast until you can get a good drift with a few touches of the bottom and don't be afraid to slow roll it up the shore.  In high water they will hug the shore seam.

Change colors often.

A more forgiving drag setting will land you more fish.

Their mouths are like tissue paper.

Shoot me a PM if you decide to go.... maybe I'll already be there :howdy:

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