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2019 Shad Fishing

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I was out there again last night on the Merrimack. Threw about 75 casts and hooked up one but lost it at the shore. Water is receding slowly I can actually maneuver around and underneath the trees in my Muck boots for a sidearm cast. The herrings are so thick right now that every cast you're bumping into them on the retrieve. At first I thought I'm dragging bottom and then I actually snagged a herring. The river should be prime for shad soon!

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I'm going there in the AM for a few hours tomorrow.

Water is still crazy high and cold but I have the day off so why not.

I plan on visiting the indoor fishway viewing area and I believe they have a leaderboard along with current counts for all species lifted over the dam.

 

I'll report back with any info I can gather.

 

The last days of the derby ,this Sat and Sun, will be warm and bright so that will turn the bite on.

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So... the derby leader is 4.9lbs

I landed 2 fat hens very close to that weight today, along with a ton of crazy jumping bucks!

 

This weekend should be great!!

 

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Shad :

6-7 fly rod 

shooting head 

10# 3' ld 

shooting basket 

cast slightly up and across mend if water deep enough to sink fly 

once tick bottom , make sure u tight  line drop !

begin short very fast strips , say about a foot per strip ! Faster u retrive the better. 

Edited by Capt. Lou

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Had a great day at the CT river today.  No big females but endless action thanks to the acrobatic bucks!

Hooked a fish every cast for almost an hour!!! 

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13 hours ago, kuro said:

Is shad fishing something you only do during spring/early summer? Can you target them when they return back to ocean like around fall?

They head deep before migrating to the Bay of Fundy.  You can find Hickory Shad inshore throughout the summer.  They seem to be increasing in numbers in these parts.

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Best conditions so far this Spring!!  

I'll be fishing in the Holyoke area if anyone needs some spoons:)

 

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