Shad 2021

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Tugted
Shad 2021
01/04/21 19:47


Who's ready?? I get home in late January & will be looking for reports, if not i'll give it a go.


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stlhunr
01/04/21 20:27


I made and painted some jig heads yesterday. Still need to order some jig bodies though.
sman
01/04/21 23:16


I was born ready like ole Buffalo told John Wayne.haha I only got two trips in last year before them lily livers shut down the boat landings.
mdl5155
01/08/21 2:55


sman, yep last year they closed the landings and the year before the river was flooded up my way. I'm ready, it's been a long time.
PeaPod
01/08/21 13:27


i go when ted says they're runnin. not until then
Tugted
01/09/21 5:43


i go when ted says they're runnin. not until thenOriginally posted by PeaPod

So you wanna fish with me up there is what your saying? We gonna bank fish with the locals??


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PeaPod
01/09/21 13:46


of course. the Q and pbr's on me.

i prefer the rediversion for the sightseeing
Fred67
01/09/21 18:02


Can I come if I promise not to talk about politics? Y'all can keep all the row, I'll take a couple of bucks to give my neighbor if we catch any. He loves em. YOu gonna bring that $3.00 rye?
Tugted
01/10/21 9:30


of course. the Q and pbr's on me.

i prefer the rediversion for the sightseeingOriginally posted by PeaPod

Only place I go. You’ve seen my pics.


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Marsh-picker
01/10/21 17:41


I haven't been back to Tailrace in 3 yrs. Is it over for good in there?


You can't catch fish on a dry line
sman
01/10/21 23:09


Well tailrace has been ruined by not turning loose any water nowadays.That being said,if you were to get any shad there it would be very early in the run.
Tugted
01/11/21 5:43


Well tailrace has been ruined by not turning loose any water nowadays.That being said,if you were to get any shad there it would be very early in the run.Originally posted by sman

We used to start there in late January & our best week was always around President’s Day. My youngest got a 11lb bass there shad fishing. When he was 5.


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sman
01/12/21 1:04


It’s a miracle y’all landed that big fish.haha I remember some of the fellas in my crew catching nice rockfish and crappie also.Do you remember that year the locks were being repaired and couldn’t be opened?What a year that was for shad! I wish tail race could return to its heyday and spread out the shad fleet.Maybe the decline of shad at tailrace is because they are opening the locks more often.
mdaddy
01/12/21 4:53


Following

Socially distanced.

Waiting on pics of PeaPod in Patagonya Shad Fushing A-tire.

TIA(Thanks in advance... sman)


The ENTER-NET Fisherman
Tugted
01/12/21 6:48


Following

Socially distanced.

Waiting on pics of PeaPod in Patagonya Shad Fushing A-tire.

TIA(Thanks in advance... sman)


The ENTER-NET FishermanOriginally posted by mdaddy

I bet he won’t go with me. The offer is there


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bigjim5589
01/12/21 23:33


I have to ask, doesn't anyone fish the Santee River for the Shad? If everyone that does fish for them is at the tailrace, seems like other places might be good to try, or am I thinking in the wrong terms?

I made up a bunch of Shad Darts last year, since I had retired and it was the first time that I actually go to go and see if I could find a Shad. I went to the Santee, from the bank and the water was a little high and muddied. That was just as the virus hit, and a few days before they closed down the ramps.

I caught one small Striper (13"), that's been my success so far with Shad fishing. boggled
sman
01/13/21 0:50


Santee river is where everyone goes nowadays.If you want to fish off the bank,go to the railroad trestle up from arrowhead,pea will be there.
40inchreds
01/14/21 0:00


3 main spots to catch shad

Arrow head and Wilson landing are on the santee

Arrow head is the better landing and easier and safer to navigate and has lots of room. The parking seems safe and there is a campground motel and tackle shop near by.
Wilsons landing can be a death trap at times and is to shallow and small for big boats and there are some rocks and trees in the water. The good spots fill up way quicker. The parking and area is general is sketch and so is the ramp. I feel like im gambling when parking there. Trashy area like beer bottles and stuff and its all dirt parking lot with some major potholes sometimes.
The ramp is the steepest and longest I've used and the bottom of the ramp is the river bottom which is sand and flat so it is shallow when the waters low and when its high its so close to the dam that its dangerous.

Tail race canal is on the cooper. It is easy to navigate and lots of room. The parking and area seems safe.

If we are in a period of drought the santee gets low and the flow slows and the cooper is better for shad then.
Typically shad don't show up until the water holds at 59 degrees. February 23rd to march 15th is when they first start showing good. February=some shad March=shad. April= Shad and herring. April/May = herring and baby stripers.

I wouldn't plan a trip until march if i was trying to find decent action for sure. If i had a boat bigger then 15ft i wouldn't go to wilsons landing.

Bring multiple kinds of little green grubs and sabikis. It matters alot, like a lot a lot. The difference of 1 or none to a cooler full. Different weights for them for the current. Also light mono and flouro carbon catch more then braid with a leader
bigjim5589
01/14/21 1:35


Thanks for the replies!

My boat is 16', but not sure I'll have it ready when the Shad are here, so more likely will try fishing from the shore. A trip to these areas you folks are mentioning is a 25 minute drive for me.

I would use a light spinning outfit with mono anyway. I used to fly fish for Shad, but not too sure that's something I would try here, unless it was from a boat. Green grubs! I've caught them on many colors, and grubs, so I'll guess when you say green, it's the green chartreuse? I have plenty of that color, and some other green shades. I even made some shad darts in green chartreuse. smile

40inchreds
01/14/21 21:37


Yes chartreuse little curly tails on jigs. If the shad are there the banks will be lined with people. Check water flows before you go. To much and its dangerous and poor fishing to little is the same thing. You can catch shad on sabikis too. Just watch out they bend hooks tangle rigs and nets when they do.
sman
01/14/21 22:26


Great information and sage advice there 40.Welcome back.smile
bigjim5589
01/15/21 20:17


Yes chartreuse little curly tails on jigs. If the shad are there the banks will be lined with people. Check water flows before you go. To much and its dangerous and poor fishing to little is the same thing. You can catch shad on sabikis too. Just watch out they bend hooks tangle rigs and nets when they do.Originally posted by 40inchreds


Thank you sir! Good insight! I've caught many in the past, so am aware of how strong they can be, even though it has been a good while since I have caught one.

This is how I make Shad darts for the Shad, and I've used them for Schoolie size Stripers too. Not the strongest hook, but stronger than a basic Aberdeen that are often used, and not easily bent either. Since they tend to get lost often, not expensive either. I think this was a size 2 hook and I buy them when I find them cheap, just for the Shad darts. I dressed a bunch last year, and also kept plenty for plastics, so I should be well prepared in that dept.

As I had mentioned, sabiki rigs were not legal where I had fished for them, so not likely I'll be doing that. I've never been fond of fishing with more than two hooks or lures anyway, for the reasons that you've said.

stlhunr
01/15/21 20:36


My favorite Shad Dart.


Sometimes the Sabiki Rigs will produce more strikes than the jigs/darts will. I cut the Sabiki rigs in half ( 3 hooks each ) and splice more line and snaps/swivels onto to them. Those 6 hook Sabikis can be dangerous bigsmile
bigjim5589
01/15/21 21:42


Good looking jig! The one mold I have will pour the heads with the hook up front, like in my photo, or centered. I like the up front position if I'll be casting them, but have caught on both while casting. It's an old Hilts mold, and I'm not sure if it was made that way, or someone had it modified before I got it. I've had it for many years and have other older Hilts molds that aren't like that.

I don't think I've ever caught a fish on a green jig. Maybe, but don't recall. It was always either a chartreuse or an olive shade like on a bass jig if I used green. I read an article when I was a kid that mentioned international orange as a hot color for shad in the Susquehanna River, and I've caught them on orange, but it was never a hot color for me.

Maybe one of those, "you should have been here last week colors"! bigsmile Everyone has their favorites for sure!

I think the last time I caught any shad, my one son & I had gone to try & catch some Crappies. We still lived in MD then, and went to a tidal river that we could fish from a bridge. I remember catching some shad on a safety pin type spinner with a jighead and white curltail that had red dots on it. It was probably 2 1/2" long. Everyone that I hooked was from under the bridge in the shade. I've read that they're often light sensitive, so bite better on darker days. That day was nice and Sunny, so maybe something to that. They weren't legal to catch then, so all of them were released, but fun to hook up on the light spinning gear. bigsmile
40inchreds
01/16/21 17:31


Different places they bite different and people fish them different ways. When the current is really bad sabikis with big weights or trolling are the more effective options. I usually jig herring on the sabiki and catch both. The herring sabikis are really small and light wire hooks so it takes a lot of skill to finesse a big shad on one when they hit it. Personally my favorite style to catch them is when the water is slowish you can cast up current with a single jig and reel it in and feel for the strike. On those days i dangle one out the back and see if i can out fish it. The herring hit jigs too and sometimes you catch the occasional yellow or silver perch, crappie or bream. I just stick with chartreuse and sabikis.
PeaPod
01/16/21 17:38


congrats on 3 pages.

Ted show em the mount of the big bass. if you didn't block my texts, you'd see i answered you pronto.

lotta horseshit in this thread. i like it.
bigjim5589
01/17/21 22:03


Different places they bite different and people fish them different ways. When the current is really bad sabikis with big weights or trolling are the more effective options. I usually jig herring on the sabiki and catch both. The herring sabikis are really small and light wire hooks so it takes a lot of skill to finesse a big shad on one when they hit it. Personally my favorite style to catch them is when the water is slowish you can cast up current with a single jig and reel it in and feel for the strike. On those days i dangle one out the back and see if i can out fish it. The herring hit jigs too and sometimes you catch the occasional yellow or silver perch, crappie or bream. I just stick with chartreuse and sabikis.Originally posted by 40inchreds


I've always preferred to be casting a single jig or a spoon for Shad, if I wasn't using fly gear. I've used Tony Accetta spoons for shad too, and they're made in small sizes, 12 to 14, and they're a good lure to cast for Shad, but the 12 & 13 is light and don't cast as well as a Shad dart so probably better for trolling or like you describe with sabiki rigs in current. Huntington Drone spoons are also made in smaller sizes, 000 & 00 and they too worked great on shad, and any of these worked well for the various panfish. Nungesser is another spoon brand that I've used and may still have some of them. For spoons silver or gold were always good, but I've used some painted ones too. If you folks have not used the small spoons, maybe they would be a good something different to try, not that you need to do that if what you use has worked well.

I appreciate you sharing your comments and all the comments expressed here. IMO, much of this isn't all that different from what is used up & down the Atlantic coast, and good to share the details of how local folks go about fishing for them in specific areas. Until I started reading on this site a couple of years ago, I wasn't aware of the fishing in the diversion canal area.

I used to know a fellow who fished the Roanoke River for Shad and Stripers, and from what he had told me, how they fished wasn't much different than how I had fished for them in MD, or how they're fished for here, but the colors used were usually the biggest difference. I recall that he liked pink a lot. He passed away several years ago.

I follow a FB group that fly fishes in FL for Shad, and they're starting to catch some now, although mostly bucks, and only in a few rivers. So, shouldn't be too many weeks before they start showing up here.

I'm looking forward to hopefully catch a few this year. thumbsUp
stlhunr
01/17/21 22:23


The Rediversion canal near St Stevens, not the Diversion canal near Cross. I fish it from a boat. When the current is running fast you need to use a 1 to 2 ounce sinker below your jig to keep it down near or on the bottom. Just cast it behind the boat and hold the rod or place in a rod holder...and wait for a Shad to hook up. I may cast toward the bank with just a jig too, with an 1/8 or 1/4 jig head. Looks odd with a 1/4 jig head and a 2" grub, but it works.

sman
01/17/21 22:33


Hey big Jim ,you forgot about the 000 barracuda spoons and the hildebrandt spoons ,we used all of them until the plastic jigs came out.Never looked back because of the price and jigs worked better.And stlhunr,I’ve caught many a shad in the diversion canal after they quit biting in the rivers.Right where canal and lake Marion connect.
stlhunr
01/17/21 22:45


Never tried fishing for them in the Diversion before.
bigjim5589
01/18/21 1:08


Hey big Jim ,you forgot about the 000 barracuda spoons and the hildebrandt spoons ,we used all of them until the plastic jigs came out.Never looked back because of the price and jigs worked better.And stlhunr,I’ve caught many a shad in the diversion canal after they quit biting in the rivers.Right where canal and lake Marion connect.Originally posted by sman


Cool! I remember the Barracuda spoons but never used them. Hildebrandt too, very well known name, but never used their spoons. Yes, and the rediversion canal near St Stephen's is what I was mentioning, not the diversion canal.
sman
01/25/21 23:40


Caught my first shad of the year this morning.No roe but it was nice to fry up some fresh bucks.Got a catfish too but nothing like the flavor of shad.Got a small flounder and some little rockfish,they was lucky I already had enough to eat. I seen the man lurking around also.haha There is a few on the way up to tailrace.
Tugted
01/26/21 18:22


Saw on Instagram that some were caught in the tailrace yesterday.


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Tugted
01/26/21 18:24


Caught my first shad of the year this morning.No roe but it was nice to fry up some fresh bucks.Got a catfish too but nothing like the flavor of shad.Got a small flounder and some little rockfish,they was lucky I already had enough to eat. I seen the man lurking around also.haha There is a few on the way up to tailrace.Originally posted by sman

Did you fish the power plant? By Nucor?



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sman
01/27/21 0:42


Yes and the landing at tailrace was full today.Tailrace seems to produce early but nothing lasting???
40inchreds
01/27/21 11:04


Dont underestimate how hard some of these guys fish for shad. Just because they caught some doesn't mean its worth going. Last year a guy caught 11 and i talked to everyone there and no one caught anything besides him. I didnt get a bite. Not trying to discourage anyone just let you know some prior experiences ive had chasing early shad reports. But ti will agree the tail race seems to do better earlier.
Tugted
01/27/21 20:50


Dont underestimate how hard some of these guys fish for shad. Just because they caught some doesn't mean its worth going. Last year a guy caught 11 and i talked to everyone there and no one caught anything besides him. I didnt get a bite. Not trying to discourage anyone just let you know some prior experiences ive had chasing early shad reports. But ti will agree the tail race seems to do better earlier.Originally posted by 40inchreds

I’ve done well over the years. I’m no rookie. I’ll give it a go as soon as I get home.


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PeaPod
01/28/21 1:08


i thought only democrats eat shad
sman
01/28/21 13:20


i thought only democrats eat shadOriginally posted by PeaPod
Why you.............. I hope to see you up at the trestle with Ted this year.
PeaPod
01/28/21 16:00


that's a great place.

one year circa 2010, we saw a fite, 3 guys scrapping literally rolled down the hill, 1 in the water.

another year, the hole place was closed and taped off for a murder investigation

ted had the deets
Tugted
01/30/21 1:58


Limits were caught today by people I trust & have seen pics.


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stlhunr
01/30/21 2:50


Limits were caught today by people I trust & have seen pics.


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Guess I'll go give them a try one day next week. Got some new Sabiki Rigs today to try. My imitation of a chartreuse grub bigsmile
40inchreds
01/30/21 15:19


Tug At which water way did they catch limits?
40inchreds
02/08/21 13:10


I saw some reports from each waterway and they seemed about a week to 2 weeks old. A little bit of fish at each place. Jiggin jerry on youtube has a video from the tailrace. He caught a limit in January. I migbt go next weekend. If i do ill put up a report, i might stop by all the spots to see whats what.
7cs
02/08/21 13:55


Well tailrace has been ruined by not turning loose any water nowadays.That being said,if you were to get any shad there it would be very early in the run.Originally posted by sman

We used to start there in late January & our best week was always around President’s Day. My youngest got a 11lb bass there shad fishing. When he was 5.


21 ContenderOriginally posted by Tugted


My youngest got a 12 pounder. He was 4.
40inchreds
02/10/21 0:57


Went by all 3 spots. Dead dead and dead. Low water at one which messes with the fishing, high water at the other which messes with the fishing, the tail race seemed normal but no crowds. During any fish run including the shad run crowds means bites, i saw no one on the water and caught nothing. I had two bites a big heavy thump i think was a catfish and something that felt like a panfish tap tap tap tug tug tug. I heard the game wardens are out posing as fishers and best reports i heard in person were a wave of shad like a week ago then dead water. Apparently the lakes are real low but firing off. Reports of some xtra large crappies around trophy size 3 and 4 lbers but lips got tight and looks got tuff when i was caught listening. Lol

The gas station is gone but they are still open.

48 degree up by the dam i saw 52 in a still sunny pocket of water and it was 50 degrees further away from the dam. The river had a .8 to 1.2 mph current in the deeper slower spots and i hit 3.8 mph over the shallow less then a ft deep spots while drifting with the flow. Todays water flow was 400 to 600 cubic ft but i think it averaged 550 and i think the record low is 440ish and the gauge water level height was 2.2 to 2.4ft. Conditions were super prime to kayak this place and crossing the shallows was still tough. 3.8 mph river water was comparable to heavy heavy current in salt water at one point i hit a patch i thought might not be able to paddle through.


Marked some micro bait and something huge. It was near the bottom of a 27ft hole about 22ft when i first marked it and it followed my kayak for about 100 to 200ft. It rose from 22 to 12ft were the mark got to be the biggest and strongest mark i have ever seen on a fish finder. I can see like a head section middle body section and a tail and this mark just went from giant fish to eat my kayak size. I can see the head and tail go up and down on the fish finder. At this point im thinking this might be some rouge winter gator and if its out in 50 degree water feeding im top choice. Well im watching the fish finder and i see it clear as day a paw/hand go down and paddle and the mark come up from 12ft to 6ft and at this point the mark is the size of my screen wide as my screen. Im about 20ft off the bank at this point and i smoke it to the bank and become a bank fisher. Im looking for signs of a gator and see a otter come over to me. Hmmmm. I fished off the bank for about an hour and saw little to no life and no gators but saw a few boils where things broke the surface. Im not sure if i marked the otter or a gator but it followed and scared me.



I would not recommend kayaking these spots.
It says low water dangerous but see trash washed 20ft in the trees. Id hate to see the water actually pushing.





Id say tailrace is your top choice for the next few weeks and im gonna wait a while before i go again.
stlhunr
02/10/21 1:07


Well darn, I have the boat loaded up to go try the Shad tomorrow...guess i'll wait another week after that report.
stlhunr
02/10/21 1:48


" I would not recommend kayaking these spots.
It says low water dangerous but see trash washed 20ft in the trees. Id hate to see the water actually pushing. "

I hunt that area. I've seen the water almost into the parking area many times. There is a large Dove field right across from the landing, and some years you can run a boat across it. When we tie up our boats to hunt, we use a long rope and tie off at the top of the hill...or your boat will be submerged tied off close to the water line if they raise the water fast.

It was low water a few weeks ago, water looks normal now in your pictures.
sman
02/14/21 0:30


It’s getting pretty serious if 40 gets spooked.haha Maybe it was a big sturgeon?The biggest gator I ever seen was at Wilson’s when I was slippin into the sanctuary.
40inchreds
02/14/21 12:14


It was the lowest ive seen it and i only go when its low. Nearly no current in the deeper pockets but just down from the landing it was 6 inches to a ft deep. I had to paddle different because it wasnt deep enough to paddle correctly.

Though winter gator is rare the deep hole was the warmest area in the entire area by 2 degrees 48 every where and 50 there and it had 52 on the surface and the area i marked the big mark was where the sun shines the most. So if it was to go warm anywhere it would be there. After seeing the otter the mark was crazy bright so maybe that was it. But when the paw paddle under it i had to go.


I havent heard an update on anything on anywhere but arrowhead and word is its picking up with a mix of buck and roe shad and some early herring.
stlhunr
02/14/21 12:35


LOTS of Gators around to the right, past the cable. Had a buddy have to recover a Doe a couple of years ago that ended up in the water there. He had a dozen Gators coming after it as he was struggling to get it up onto the shore.

Lowest I've seen the water was about 6 inches under the power lines, years ago. They were doing work on the tunnel that lets water out to maintain minimum flow.

Planning to try Arrowhead this Wednesday or Thursday.
PeaPod
02/14/21 14:17


Well tailrace has been ruined by not turning loose any water nowadays.That being said,if you were to get any shad there it would be very early in the run.Originally posted by sman

We used to start there in late January & our best week was always around President’s Day. My youngest got a 11lb bass there shad fishing. When he was 5.


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My youngest got a 12 pounder. He was 4.Originally posted by 7cs




this little gem just slipped right past the old timers. you should expect disproportionate retaliation ole man which you richly deserve. standing by for fireworks.
wstrickland1
02/14/21 19:18


Well tailrace has been ruined by not turning loose any water nowadays.That being said,if you were to get any shad there it would be very early in the run.Originally posted by sman

We used to start there in late January & our best week was always around President’s Day. My youngest got a 11lb bass there shad fishing. When he was 5.


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My youngest got a 12 pounder. He was 4.Originally posted by 7cs




this little gem just slipped right past the old timers. you should expect disproportionate retaliation ole man which you richly deserve. standing by for fireworks.Originally posted by PeaPod


It wouldn't be unheard of for Ted to pay a visit
PeaPod
02/14/21 23:42


Exactly. Hate to be 7cs.
7cs
02/17/21 14:50


I Tedded Ted.

Remember when Beerbuzz paid a visit to Fletch? Good times.
Edisto Fisher
02/17/21 17:35


I lost contact with Fletch the last time my hard drive bit the dust sometime back on 2014 or so. Does anyone have his contact number?

I bet I could talk him into stopping by on occasion, that alone would be worth the price of admission.

Whatever happened to Beerbuzz?
Tugted
02/18/21 0:15


I lost contact with Fletch the last time my hard drive bit the dust sometime back on 2014 or so. Does anyone have his contact number?

I bet I could talk him into stopping by on occasion, that alone would be worth the price of admission.

Whatever happened to Beerbuzz?Originally posted by HEAD ADMINISTRATOR--Edisto Fisher

I see his wife/gf on fb still with him.


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mdl5155
02/18/21 23:16


just a heads up to anyone thinking about going to Wilson Landing, it's up 18ft since yesterday so the entrance gates will be closed
sman
02/18/21 23:30


Thanks pardner
stlhunr
02/18/21 23:33


When did they start locking the gate due to high water?
Tugted
02/21/21 15:13


Anyone been? Went this past week & the water was rolling & the bite sucked


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sman
02/21/21 15:24


No and thanks for the report.Thinking about trying it wednesday,we gonna need a lot of lead this year.haha
stlhunr
02/21/21 15:26


Didn't bother to go last week, due to the water being so high/swift.
40inchreds
02/22/21 0:29


I don't even feel comfortable fishing those spots when the flow is so high and the currents ripping. I was at arrowhead once and the water was high and flowing super hard. I went to anchor in the usual spot and my anchor wouldn't hold it was pushing my little jon boat so hard and then it caught something and when it held it nearly pulled the bow under. I wanted to cut it loose as it was happening but if i ran to the front i was for sure going to put the bow under. So i had to let it play out. It settled down some and i cranked up and pulled passed the anchor and got it free and left. I was basically getting treated like giant crab pot float. I learned if you have to second guess anchoring dont do it. Lol
pitviper0404
02/23/21 12:22


Was anyone able to get out this past weekend? I was trying to get out to the Tailrace but with my chores and the wind, I didn't make it. Hope to get up there this weekend even if it's raining. Would like to get a half dozen or so to put in the crab trap this year.



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stlhunr
02/27/21 12:35


One of my Nephews is fishing the Tailrace this morning. Says there are a couple dozen boats fishing, but nobody is catching anything.
stlhunr
02/27/21 17:22


One of my Nephews is fishing the Tailrace this morning. Says there are a couple dozen boats fishing, but nobody is catching anything.Originally posted by stlhunr


He says they got their two man limit by noon.
sman
02/27/21 19:34


One of my Nephews is fishing the Tailrace this morning. Says there are a couple dozen boats fishing, but nobody is catching anything.Originally posted by stlhunr


He says they got their two man limit by noon.Originally posted by stlhunr
Hey Unc,did the boys say how far off the line they was ?Was the other boats doing alright?We need to spread the word ,Tailrace is back baby,spread out the fleet a little aye.I wonder if that old timer is still at the landing counting fish.
stlhunr
02/27/21 21:01


One of my Nephews is fishing the Tailrace this morning. Says there are a couple dozen boats fishing, but nobody is catching anything.Originally posted by stlhunr


He says they got their two man limit by noon.Originally posted by stlhunr
Hey Unc,did the boys say how far off the line they was ?Was the other boats doing alright?We need to spread the word ,Tailrace is back baby,spread out the fleet a little aye.I wonder if that old timer is still at the landing counting fish.Originally posted by sman


Didn't say. I will ask him though.
stlhunr
02/27/21 22:35


Nephew says they were the 3rd boat from the line, right side bank. People along the bank were catching most of the fish. Fish started hitting when the water stopped flowing, around 9:00. Says there were probably 100 boats there by noon.
stlhunr
03/02/21 10:54


Tied up at the tailrace, waiting on sunup. I apparently got here to early. bigsmile
PeaPod
03/02/21 11:41


no such thing.

catch em up
stlhunr
03/02/21 15:39


Didn't start bitting until 9:00, kept 10 Bucks, and released a few Roe. Only 4 other boats were there. Done by 10:00.
sman
03/02/21 18:28


Good job there shad daddy! I’m fixin to go soon!
pitviper0404
03/02/21 20:03


I'm off Friday, will try to head up there. maybe most of the crowd will be working and the shad will still be running.



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Tugted
03/06/21 17:06


My son said the herring bite at arrowhead is on fire. Shad are being caught on sabiki rigs cause current is rolling. They went to the tailrace & no one is doing a thing today


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Tugted
03/07/21 19:19


They went today & crushed them.


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stlhunr
03/09/21 20:04


Well, I'm done catching bait. Arrowhead this morning. About half on Sabiki and half on chartreuse grubs. Got a few free Sabiki rigs too, couple of guys anchored up current from me a little to close and kept snagging my anchor line. After the 3rd lost rig they moved. I hate unhooking those rigs from my rope though. Caught a couple of 23-24 inch Stripers too.
Marsh-picker
03/10/21 16:14


Was the water still running so fast that you need alot of lead?. Nice catch and thanks.


You can't catch fish on a dry line
stlhunr
03/10/21 16:42


Was the water still running so fast that you need alot of lead?. Nice catch and thanks.


You can't catch fish on a dry lineOriginally posted by Marsh-picker


Yep. I used 2 oz weights on my lines I had rigged for the jigs that I cast out then place in rod holders, but had to use a 6 oz sinker on the Sabiki to keep it close to the boat.
40inchreds
03/11/21 1:24


I went today 3/10/21 to arrowhead. Wanted to get there at 9 am but was on my brothers time so we got there at close to 1. About 2 ft of draw down on the bank and no water movement. The shad were steady on sabikis and catchable on grubs. My brother, my dad and i went and the old man cleaned house. He caught probably 25 shad 4 herring and a cat, bro caught 5 or 6 shad a cat and 4 herring and i got 5 or 6 shad. The old man had different sabikis and weight throughout the day so it was how he jigged it. Cats on cut herring on a carolina rig tossed in the middle only cat fished for about an hr. The guy in front of us was the hot boat and he was chumming with garlic. 100 percent chumming with garlic. Pouring it on his sabiki and in the water and he was out catching everyone about 5 to 1 most of the time i was there until my old man went from steady to hot and cleaned up on them toward the end. He was imo the best spot and we were in the second best. I think we might of got the down stream chum effect.

My thoughts on the bite. Mid day high sun mirror calm slowed the bite more then the lack of water flow did.The shad may bite wind related and light related more then current related when currents are slow. Most our bites came when a breeze came and after noticing the pattern it happened 3 more times. Air pressure, a little wind current, ripple effect idk but it happened a total of 6 times that i counted. Once the sun started to fall the bite improved. After 3 oclock the herring showed up slowly as it got they seemed to be more active as did the shad. After 4 they were busting the surface all over as we were leaving to head to Music Man BBQ. Dnr trucks parked around but no officers to be seen.


If you have thoughts about going go. The morning and afternoon have better bites most the time.

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Some big girls there still.
Tugted
03/14/21 17:26


My son & his buddy went yesterday & got on them. Said it was better early then late.


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sman
03/14/21 18:45


Don’t go on a Thursday, I was there from daylight til 1400 and it sucked.Got six total with one small roe.Water was running when I got there and then they cut it off at 1130.Damifino?Worst day I’ve had since they started running water thru arrowhead.Every dog has his day I reckon.haha
sman
03/14/21 18:53


Nobody else was doing any good either you smart dicks.There was a fella fishing off the bank by the track,had a helluva fine looking broad with him,was that you ted?
Off the chain
03/14/21 19:18


Sounds to me like sman was more worried about looking at the babes and catching fish...



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sman
03/14/21 19:50


Haha,you got that right bo.
40inchreds
03/15/21 14:16


Thursday could of sucked because Wednesday afternoon they cut the water on at wilsons landing. It was insane how much current it had. It was dead water up stream from arrowhead and absolutely ripping from the landing down.
Tugted
03/27/21 0:32


Got to fish the Veterans Event at the dam on the rediversion. Epic is an understatement, limit of Shad in no time. 12 nice stripers released & if I would’ve brought catfish stuff I could’ve filled a cooler. Some big cats caught.


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40inchreds
04/06/21 21:24


Arrow head 4 6 21 high water heavy current and steady wind fished around 10 minutes with no action left side by the bridge if your facing the bridge. Talked to a few people and looked at what a few others were fishing the crowd is split and thinned way out. Half shad and herring fishers, half striper and cat fish. Some older gentlemen i asked for a report from asked if i wanted some fish. They gave me some shad and herring so i got what i came for.
stlhunr
04/06/21 22:36


Arrow head 4 6 21 high water heavy current and steady wind fished around 10 minutes with no action left side by the bridge if your facing the bridge. Talked to a few people and looked at what a few others were fishing the crowd is split and thinned way out. Half shad and herring fishers, half striper and cat fish. Some older gentlemen i asked for a report from asked if i wanted some fish. They gave me some shad and herring so i got what i came for.Originally posted by 40inchreds


Thanks for the update. May take my Daughter Friday if she doesn't want to get up to Turkey hunt. Guess I'll need to bring tackle for everything. bigsmile
40inchreds
04/07/21 0:01


What the guys gave me. Thank you.

Pulling the rods out the boat in a nat storm and bang. Popped the sabiki and bent the hooks so it was hard to pull out. Had to pull till it unbent to push it out


Count was 34 herring 5 shad
sman
04/17/21 23:33


Hey stlhunr ,you and red better get out there and get some of them big redbreast before they all get caught out.They was biting yesterday. I could not start a new topic.
stlhunr
04/21/21 11:41


I went yesterday. bigsmile
Tugted
04/22/21 7:19


Went last week got a 2 man limit of Shad. Traded my roe for the bucks to a fella on the bank.


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