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    St. Johns Shad

    I got out of work at lunch and made a run to meet up with my fishing partner who has targeted the shad run a few times on the St. Johns river. I have only heard the stories of catching them on fly so I was pretty excited to finally get on the river. I have crossed the St. Johns several thousand times but never actually fished it. The weather was quite windy with a chill in the air.

    It didn't take five minutes and Greg was hooked up to a nice striper that nailed the clouser minnow he was using. The second hit was a big shad. What a great show they put on. He had me schooled for the first two hours until I hooked up with a catfish that made me feel a little better. Once the ice was broken I finally hooked up with the target species. Then a few small crappies decided to hit my fly. So there were several first time catches for me.

    There were six species of fish caught in the four hour trip with a few really nice stripers coming boat side and a total of four shad caught with the largest being about two pounds. Great afternoon of fly fishing. Now I can't wait to get back to the river.








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    Great report. Nice to see someone out there doing something different.

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    Thanks for the comments. Definitely a first for me, but I will be back soon to give them another try. It was great fun.

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    I love that river, nice work! How did you target the shad?
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    Nice pics!

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    Quote Originally Posted by razorreilly09 View Post
    I love that river, nice work! How did you target the shad?
    Small bright colored clouser minnow pattern worked best and fished close to the bottom with a sinking line and a slow retrieve.

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    very cool

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    From the bridge in the pic, I know that spot. Gotta love a two minute boat ride.
    Very nice. I've heard it's been pretty good this year.

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    Nice! We used to catch those in CA.

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