The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

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March 30, 2012

Thank you, fellow shadsters, for a great year

TARBORO — 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.  

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