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30 Apr 2018 - Delaware River Shad

It has been years (15 or so) since I took part in the Big D shad season. I have been wanting to for a while and finally did something about it this spring. My first foray happened two weeks ago last Friday. I went to Easton and had a good time on the warmest day of the year catching 3 out of 6 hook ups. Saturday the 28th I went to the Jersey side just above Worthington State Park. I picked my spot by driving along on river road and shopping until I spotted something I liked. When I parked I was greeted by a feast of wild flowers. I had forgotten how much I love the Delaware at this time of year. I offer my flower pics in lieu of fish pics. Not that there weren't any fish, to the contrary, it was my personal best day shad fishing ever. I hooked 42 and landed 20. Left the fish still running past my hand chosen spot. All my fish were released while I remained in the river and never left the water. I just trapped them against my waders and popped the hook out letting them go. A guide in a rift boat was working the area with a couple clients and after a while got near enough to congratulate me on my success. I thought that was a classy move, he never tried to horn in on my action but worked the large run finding fish for his guests. I'd love to go back again but may opt to leave that memory close the season and move on to catfish in the Susky this week.

Spent a few hours yesterday on the main stem. It should be hopping...but I could only manage a few minor league smallmouth.

After lunch today I hit the local trib...first cast with the stonecat and this 3 lb. 10 oz. beauty hammered it.

A little later in another hole, using the diminutive Willie Wannabee, this 4 pound marvel smacked it. What a jumping time this fish had.

Gonna try the main stem again tomorrow (closes May 1)... and then rest up this weekend because I have a good feeling about the tribs next week. Got some places I haven't tried yet.  ;)  ;D

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