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Derek84

Shad - Rappahannock - Fredericksburg Va

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I caught a break in the weather last Sunday and had almost three hours of fishing rain free and before the river really started to rise and muddy up. I was right above the fall line on the Fredericksburg side using an ultra light and a chartreuse jig head / grub. The fish seemed to want it reeled rather fast to get any hits but once I figured it out I probably ended up catching about 18 fish. One of them was 19 inches and a heck of a lot of fun to catch. Here's some pictures.. O and for anyone that's been shad fishing a lot, you know how you always have to catch at lest one random other species while your out.. On my second cast I tail hooked a catfish.. talk about a fight.   :)

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wow, nice. I wish I could get in on that action.

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How far down the Rappahannock do you think the shad are right now? I have access to part of the river from a friends property but not sure what to expect from it. It's south of fredricksburg.

It looks like so much fun, I'd hate to miss it.

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They were def. in force around the Fredericksburg area, I suspect the rain from last weekend will cause some high muddy water for a while making fishing a bit difficult.  But with the removal of the dam in Fredericksburg they should be found further up the river as time goes by.

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Great fish! Those shad sure do fight... Any American/White shad or were they all hickories?

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Probably be a couple more years before the fry the VDGIF stocked get big enough to return up the Rapp. They did the same in the Occoquan a year after the Rapp, I can't wait to fish for Americans in the Rapp and Occoquan. They are a blast in the Potomac.

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Where is the best place to catch shad? I have been wanting to go after them to have some good catfish bait but I have never known where to fish or what to use.

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