At this point it takes serious consideration to produce something shad-related, and not previously mentioned here, here, or here. Pictures are worth a thousand words, right? Here, have a few thousand…and two videos.
Bunch of pictures from my pre-season visit to one of the best producing smallie locations on the state. I hear stories and read books about the 20+ inchers that call these waters home. Hopefully, if Graduate school doesn’t take me too far away, I’ll visit it over the summer. I catch myself dreaming of tossing blue poppers to the downed trees, breaks in the currents, and rock ledges; imagining the silhouetted smallies jumping for freedom while the sun sinks low in the sky. Dreams can become reality. In my case, sooner rather than later; Summer’s right around the corner.
Spending so much time on the shad made ‘me thinks’ the striper feel left out. So, a little about them, huh? Most people tend to think that striper, another anadromous fish, spawn soon after the shad. However, this year the shad and striper arrived at the fall line of the Rappahannock River right about the same time. Both the runs are earlier than usual too. Maybe something to do with the warmer weather we had throughout January and February? An observation worth pointing out, I think.