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SeaDog1



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 24, 2011 8:19 pm    Post subject: Shad? Reply with quote

Hi!

Anyone fish for American Shad in the spring on the Ct. River -> Also known as "Poor Man's Salmon" Question

SeaDog1 Mr. Green
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Lunker Cove



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 28, 2011 10:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i might try for some shad and striper at bart's when the times right, the only thing is that the farmingtons current is brutal. i heard when you go left at the launch at bart's, and go all the way till you come up to a bridge. you will nail monster pike
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PECo



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 29, 2011 7:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd love to head back up there. DirtyDawg10 (aka Derek) and I went about half of a mile upriver from Bart's one day last year, but we finally gave up fighting the current. The water was over the banks that day.
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Crest Daddy



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2011 7:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

These the same shad???
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=10sbWc4VhUw&feature=related
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SeaDog1



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2011 8:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeap!

Those are American Shad Exclamation (Also known as Poor man's Salmon)
Real fighters on light gear!
Also excellent eating if you can get past the bones. (Super smoked!)

SeaDog1
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nicklovesPK



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 08, 2011 9:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i grew up catching shad in the farmington in windsor, back in the 80s
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mostly Ice



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 29, 2011 8:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I believe commercial vessels do. I used to keep a boat at Midway marina and they had to install/remove pilings every year. I was told it was due the shad season. The slips were a little cheaper because you had to wait until later in the season to use it and they had no power/water. I believe they were trawling for the shad, otherwise there would be no reason to remove the pilings.
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CTfirefighter



Joined: 17 Apr 2011
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 30, 2011 8:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

this is something i have always wanted to try..

when i was a little kid my grandfather used to LOVE fishing for shad but i was
to little to go with him...by the time i was old enough to go he had already passed


maybe someday i'll give it a shot
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nicklovesPK



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PostPosted: Mon May 02, 2011 5:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

try the farmington river water levels are normal and its a great shad fishery
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catch&release



Joined: 02 May 2011
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Location: West Hartford

PostPosted: Wed May 04, 2011 9:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah a guy that I work with has been catching them at Barts these past few days
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PECo



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PostPosted: Wed May 04, 2011 9:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

How do you fish for them? With a grub jig dragged on the bottom like you do for white perch?

Stephen?
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IceAddict



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PostPosted: Wed May 04, 2011 9:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Willow leafs for shad.
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SeaDog1



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PostPosted: Wed May 04, 2011 9:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Phil!

NO! Grub jigs are too big!

Shad Darts or Willow Leaf are what you want to use.
Shad are plankton feeders -> so you need to use small jigs!

Hook an 8 lb. Roe or 4 lb. Buck on UL or ML gear and your in for some super fun! Thumbs Up
They don't call them "Poor Man's Salmon" for nothing ! Shocked Very Happy

I also use my fly rod with a short 5 ft. (10 lb. test) floro leader with sinking tip line and a flat sided (color/silver) ice jig with marabou tail in deep dark slower moving pools.

I like the Mattbesset River for shad!

SeaDog1 Mr. Green

PS: Shad are also excellent eating -> even better smoked Thumbs Up
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asianfisher



Joined: 12 Jan 2009
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PostPosted: Thu May 05, 2011 8:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fun to catch but taste like bunker.... lol bait or catch and release for me on those... unless i can squeeze the eggs out...
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bobkat



Joined: 07 May 2011
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PostPosted: Sat May 07, 2011 9:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Filleting is an art on them . I love them stuffed with bread crumb stuffing and baked.
If you can't fillet then you have to bake them a long long time to melt the bones I guess.

I miss the website that tracked the progress of them.
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