Shad season started early this year, so it only stands to reason that it would end early, too, and indeed it has. We had about seven good weeks of a fantastic shad bite in the Tar River at Tarboro this year, starting the last week in January.
I think it was Sunday, Jan. 29 that Henry Knight caught the season’s first shad, and received a nice prize package to boot for his effort. February was shad city a go-go just about every day. Some days better than others, but it seemed like we caught fish every day in the month of February.
On a personal note, I want to thank my shad hole buddies for all their help and assistance this season. I don’t have the physical tools these days to do some of the things necessary to be a complete fisherman. Everyone is so kind and helpful, and go out of their way to assist me, and make my fishing experience pleasant, and successful. If I start naming names I will probably leave somebody important out, so just allow me to extend a big thank you to all of you. You guys are a special breed, and I appreciate each and every one of you.
The big story for me this shad season was the dominance of the white shad everywhere. Honestly, I think I caught more white than hickory this year, and that has never happened in the 11 years I have been pursuing shad in Tarboro. In fact, I think I caught more white this year than all the previous years combined. It was that good! I understand the Roanoke River crowd at Weldon was also pleasantly surprised at their excellent white shad bite, too.
Hotspot of the Week – The Roanoke River at Weldon is where the shad are right now. I had an excellent day Wednesday. The river is almost at flood stage, and hard fishing, but the rewards are great if you locate them. It was my third stop before I found fish. I fished all day and caught 56 hickorys and nine white. A few of the big “hicks” would have been money fish in last week’s TASS Shad Tournament.