Went out with a guide on Saturday. Hit the water at 4pm and fished the last few hours of the incoming tide in Deep Bottom. We caught two 5# fish in the opening of the pit. All of the good holes had fished stacked up in them, but nothing except a few dinks were biting. We set up fresh cut shad at a bunch of different depths. Had 11 rods out most of the night Very little action, not much movement from these fish. From 7-9pm we fished some holes on the main river channel on the cut through past deep bottom. Same story in those holes as well. At 10pm we cruised up the west side of turkey island and hit the absolute biggest area of shad I have ever seen. They were working on the top from bank to bank as far as you could see. They were working all the way around turkey island. Every time you start the engine hundreds of them would start jumping. Needless to say we had plenty of fresh bait. From 10-Midnight we fished around turkey island, both deep and shallow. Picked up one 20# fish and had a couple of good runs, but nothing really wanted to keep a bait. From 12-1am we fished the main river channel on the end of the island. Unbelievable number of fish in those holes. No bites. All in all it was a very slow night, but the turn on is right around the corner IMO. The guide I was with had a 65# and a 50# two nights prior and we fished those holes. Bottom line, it's still a blessing to be out on the water with friends who enjoy this kind of fishing. A friend of my caught the 20# fish, which made his day. Seeing that many shad gave me a thrill and increased my confidence in the lower James being a pretty darn healthy river for Blue cats.