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Thread: Potomac River/ Chain Bridge Shad

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    Default Potomac River/ Chain Bridge Shad

    Friends,
    Yesterday I took off early from work, launched my Tarpon 14 from Fletcher's Boathouse In Upper NW DC and paddle about a mile north to just south of Chain bridge. The area is packed, I mean , Packed with American and Hickory Shad. I used a double shad dart set up, with a chartreuse at the top and a red and white following. I caught one hickory and 11 American Shad in less than 2 hours including my all time best a 4 pound American. I highly recommend this trip to anyone in the area.
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    You know what eats a 4 pound American Shad?

    A 50 inch rockfish...
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    Yup , they are there !
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    It seems to me that shad are very fragile. What is the best way to transport them from the Potomac to the Bay?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yakmac View Post
    It seems to me that shad are very fragile. What is the best way to transport them from the Potomac to the Bay?

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    All Shad fishing is catch and release in Maryland. As nice as it would be to use them for bait its illegal.
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    Oh OK, thanks.

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    I fished from shore there yesterday and got into a couple Americans and a few of the biggest hickory shad I have ever seen. I think fishing should improve after this weekend.
    Joe

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    Anybody know if they're in the Susky yet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pungomd View Post
    Friends,
    Yesterday I took off early from work, launched my Tarpon 14 from Fletcher's Boathouse In Upper NW DC and paddle about a mile north to just south of Chain bridge.
    Its been a while since I've been down to Fletcher's. Can you get through the tunnel with a SUV with roof mounted kayak or do you have to walk it down from the parking lot on the other side of the canal? I cant remember how high the tunnel is.

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    Just starting to move in the susky
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