I went fishing this afternoon. I usually fish in a Lake, but also fish in a river thats not too far away from my house. It is great fishing in the spring, and this time of year the American and Hickory shad swim up in the river to get ready for spawning. These shad are not like the ones you catch in a cast net, these are pretty big for shad, 1-3lb mostly. I used a sabiki rig with a little spoon on the end carolina rigged with very small bullet weights. Well I fished from about 2pm to 7pm. Didnt catch a big mess of them or anything, but it was a fun day. I was all by myself this time, not even my dad came. Nobody else was fishing there or anything and it was very peaceful. The person that gave me a ride took some pictures at the beggining of the trip, then when he left I took the rest. I also cut up a couple shad and threw out two of my big poles. Got a few nice hits, hooked a few nice fish....but lost them....then I caught one Bowfin AKA Blackfish....they put a nice little bend in your rod. Stripers should be up there anytime soon, the male stripers at least. Usually I catch a limit of them, along with some nice Channel Cats around the end of march or so. So in the end, I had 8 American Shad, and 1 Bowfin. Still got the shad so I can go to the lake for the big blues tommorow. I will keep giving reports on how I do. good luck fishing, Zakk. I'm going to post the pictures in below post......good luck fishing, Zakk.