NC Shad

Discussion in 'LOCAL NORTH CAROLINA TALK' started by JAYNC, Aug 26, 2005.

  1. JAYNC

    JAYNC Active Member

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    Where in Eastern NC can shad be found and caught, I have read so many posts that shad is one of the best baits out there, but I have no idea where to catch them or what they even look like. I normally fish the Neuse and the Cape fear
     
  2. fwmud

    fwmud New Member

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    Well if you're lucky during may you can cast net more than you'll need when the gizzard shad are runnin.
    other times you can use a sabiki rig to get em near the docks, creeks ect.
    Hook up with Tristan(southernraised) he can show you a lot around fayetteville area.
     

  3. Southernraised84

    Southernraised84 New Member

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    Go to the lock and dams on the Cape around bridges, piers and riprap but on the cape i would say the locks are your best bet.
     
  4. fwmud

    fwmud New Member

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    Heres apic of the gizzard shad we caught w/ castnet this past spring
    being held by bigblaze's boy. We were getting around 15 to 30 at a time in the cast net. This was one of the medium sized ones.
     

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  5. playinghooky

    playinghooky New Member

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    how do you locate them.do you watch the surface for activity or is it a toss and hope thing
     
  6. Southernraised84

    Southernraised84 New Member

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    Well i would just get out aroun the locks toss it in and hope for the best...lol.Just try and stay away from places with snag.I plan on getting a crap load next time when spring come around.
     
  7. mycat

    mycat New Member

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    Is there any bream in/ around lock 1 or the river in case the shad don't show up on the Cape Fear? :confused: Any lakes close where they are plentful?
     
  8. JAYNC

    JAYNC Active Member

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    I appreciate the feedback on the shad, I hope to find some soon, and if I do I will be freezing about as much as my deepfreezer can hold.
     
  9. fwmud

    fwmud New Member

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    Tarheelers, please check out gathering thread if you haven't done so already.
    We want this one to be as large as possible. Lotta guys here with knowledge to share.
     
  10. Bottomline

    Bottomline New Member

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    The Hickory and American shad are the one that run in the spring. They will actually bite a hook. Gizzard shad are always around.
     
  11. fwmud

    fwmud New Member

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    To add to what bottomline said;
    The hickory and american shad are gamefish and can be caught with either a sabiki rig or a shad dart. (don't get caught cast netting them,stiff fine).
    The gizzard shad you can get with a cast net. They won't hit lures because they feed on plankton mostly.
    The gizzard shad can be caught in great numbers around here during may/june when they run.
     
  12. JAYNC

    JAYNC Active Member

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    when do they usually run up stream, what month
     
  13. fwmud

    fwmud New Member

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    Jay, we got the most in late april thru mid may. Give me a PM or email and I'll give ya my number and go get some.
    The ones we were getting were gizzard shad which is a non-game fish so it's legal to cast net em. Just be sure to be able to tell the diff between them and american shad,it's a game fish.
     
  14. JAYNC

    JAYNC Active Member

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    ok cool, I will get back in touch with you whenever they are running upriver.
     
  15. fwmud

    fwmud New Member

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    Here is a correction to the post I made on american and hickory shad;

    American and hickory shad may be taken with dip or bow nets
    from March 1 through April 30.
    In the inland waters of the Roanoke River upstream of the U.S.
    258 bridge, only a single barbless hook or a lure with a single

    And another for those fishing at lock# 1(just found it;)

    Use of any net or net stakes is prohibited within 800 feet of the
    dam at Lock No. 1 on the Cape Fear River.

    Also if useing "gamefish for bait;(didn't know this either)

    ● It is unlawful, while fishing, to remove the head and/or tail from
    game fish that are regulated by a size limit.
    ● It is unlawful to possess fish outside of the size and daily