Postponed a 1 day trip to TN river to fish the James for 2 days. 8/25 we started around 7:30 at Dutch Gap. Water was 97 degrees but we caught a few big shad on the eastern flat at the entrance to the power plant. We hooked onto a big fish within 10 minutes of putting lines out, got him up to the net before he broke off. At least 40 or better. Stayed for about 10 minutes more then moved to Deep Bottom loop. Shad EVERYWHERE. Even had them jump into the boat! Caught a 25.9 on the channel edge, but that was it. Not too bad but very slow night. Started a little earlier 8/26. Caught 2 dozen 6 inch shad in one throw around Deep bottom loop then went hunting. Fished all new stuff. Those little shad just don't work as well as the big ones unless they are alive. Caught a few eaters but put them back then caught a 15 later on a wing dam that I didn't know existed. I'll be back to that spot again later when the water is going the other way! Next week I'll be fishing the Pamunkey and then going to fish for flatties on the James.