Tag Archives: Hickory Shad

K-12 schoolies + some rises

Parker and I ended up hitting the potomac today after a brief stop in the canal. The canal ended up with one missed carp and a lot of good carp footage. The potomac proved to be more productive. Countless stripers and even more perch (not stoked), hickory shad, a mystery shad, largemouth bass, and several snakehead sightings.

Stripers ranged from as small as a couple inches to a few who came close to maybe 18 inches. I was really impressed with the dedication I saw at the river. On the Virginia side, I actually saw some repel down a ledge with nets (no rods) to fish. Very impressed.

Here are a couple screenshots and images from the day.

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Shad on top + Reds!

Threw together a quick little clip of some footage from the other day.

Shad on top from Charlie on Vimeo.

and heres a link to it on youtube if you prefer that.

Rob Choi as usual is catching more behemoths in the Hampton Roads area. Make sure to check out his latest post on his blog to see the red drum he just caught.

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Fletchers + Oddities

Parker and I met up around 11 today at Fletcher’s Boathouse in Washington, D.C. During our 1.5 hour wait, we stalked the canal for carp with no luck. Once on the water, we were greeted with hickory shad busting on the top.

Not even kidding either. Haven’t seen that before but they were pretty much everywhere on top for about an hour as long as a cloud was covering up the sun. We were able to get a bunch of fish by just casting into schools and stripping as fast as possible. Even got some good footage of takes just under the surface.

After the fish went deep, we started seeing larger fish every now and then bust on the top. We suspected they were stripers and we were right. Parker was able to get one on a clouser. A spot change later, we found ourselves on another pretty good school of fish, this time all very large. Definitely a good day. The fish are still there and feeding.

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Pro at missing fish

Heres a video from the other day at fletchers boathouse. It has been real good there the past couple weeks with fish eating just about every color of shad dart you can place in front of them at times. I have probably an hours worth of footage or more that I am going to edit down into a short clip soon but for now check this out. And no, I don’t always fish in socks.

Shad 1 from Charlie on Vimeo.

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