Ok, gang... I'm not knowlegeable AT ALL about river fishing, this being the first time I've lived near a river and given much thought to fishing in it, and I've had SQUAT for luck so far. The American shad are running heavy out here at this time, and I'd like to know what the heck to use to catch some? How big do they get? I've heard of people catching 5 pound shad. Is that right?? So what kind of bait should I use? Where should I put it? Should I fish the current or slack waters? Any advice will be greatly helpful. Info on striped bass fishing would also be helpful, as I'd like to catch those too. Thanks!