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tj06sti
03-17-2012, 08:20 PM
Fished above the 123 Bridge for 4 hours with Shad darts and didn't manage any shad, but I saw some dead ones in the water, so they are here. Hooked a small bass that had red eyes but got off at the side of the yak before I got a good look at him.
Also, I am sure everyone already knows, but you can buy a $40 pass if you are a Virginia resident that is valid at Occoquan Regional, Pohick, and others.

http://www.owlva.org

ictalurus
03-17-2012, 08:32 PM
Thanks for the recon, TJ, and it's good to hear from you again. Were the dead fish hickories or gizzard shad? I think gizzards spawn a bit earlier, and I've seen dead ones around at the beginning of the shad run before. They're catching shad in Richmond, so it shouldn't be too much longer. I can't wait. :D

tj06sti
03-17-2012, 08:58 PM
At least one was a hickory, it was longer and slender, the others were rotted but had deep bellies, so I would guess Gizzard now that you pointed that out. Hope that you have been doing well and enjoying your break from school Bill.:D Went to Colorado to ski a few times this winter and spent a lot of time in Columbus.

Redfish12
03-17-2012, 10:36 PM
Good to hear from you TJ! They are catching hickories, herring, and Americans in the Potomac! Talk about a early run!

PotomacTide
03-18-2012, 10:48 PM
I fished upstream from 123 today beneath the Occoquan footbridge.

The shad are officially here! I only hooked into one after fishing for about one hour. However, a lot of the fellas around me were catching more. I fished a golden spoon and darts. The most successful fisherman was using Gitzits (small soft plastic jig/minnows). I think he caught about five within a 2 hour time frame. They all appeared to be hickory shad and were between 12 - 16 in.

We should try put a post out for an adhoc meetup for MKFer in the next couple of weeks. Its slow right now, but I think it may peak early in the next couple of weeks.

tj06sti
03-18-2012, 11:10 PM
Awesome to hear! What a difference a day can make. Last year I had more luck with darts then spoons oddly.
Hey Michael, hows it goin? After the wet cold spring last year, I think we deserve some earlier spring runs this year. :D

TJ


I fished upstream from 123 today beneath the Occoquan footbridge.

The shad are officially here! I only hooked into one after fishing for about one hour. However, a lot of the fellas around me were catching more. I fished a golden spoon and darts. The most successful fisherman was using Gitzits (small soft plastic jig/minnows). I think he caught about five within a 2 hour time frame. They all appeared to be hickory shad and were between 12 - 16 in.

We should try put a post out for an adhoc meetup for MKFer in the next couple of weeks. Its slow right now, but I think it may peak early in the next couple of weeks.