I convinced myself not to go this past weekend because of the cold front that came thru and reports that the bite was slow. However, when Friday afternoon rolled around, I was getting the itch otherwise known as fishing withdrawal. Against my better judgement and accepting the fact that fishing likely wouldn't be good, I headed out around noon to South Roanoke river, one of my new favorite spots chasing one of my new favorite species - Hickory Shad.
Arrived at the ramp around 2, headed over to my "top secret" spot. Cold, cloudy, the water 52 degrees. Hooked my first shad after a few casts and knew the trip down wasn't a waste of time. I've only been down here a few times but it seems each trip, the shad get bigger and the females fatter. The cold makes them tougher to catch, but they are still there and they will bite. Despite the cold, the fight is as good as ever.
I planned to mix it up a bit with this trip and set a goal of 20 shad, then fish for rock. Ended up with 23 because I simply love catching these guys and have a hard time stopping, then moved to another spot. I was fortunate to catch this fat lady that gave a awesome fight. The final pic is a Blue Heron riding down the river in a pretty swift current on a log. Too funny.
Great day down East Saturday. I know I will have to start shifting my focus West soon. I'll really miss this place, till next year.