Hook some spring deliciousness!
In the Lowcountry, a sure sign of spring is the shad run. Biologists tell me that millions of shad migrate into our fresh water rivers to spawn. Chefs tell me that deep fried shad roe is delicious. My cardiologist tells me that deep fried shad roe is bad for my cholesterol. While I listen to my cardiologist most of the time, I make an exception every spring.
The first step in making spring deliciousness, is catching some shad. So, Elliott and a couple of his friends at Shimano set out to do just that. They loaded up with ultra-light spinning tackle and small 1/8- and 1/16-ounce jigs tipped with tiny twister tail soft plastic lures. No boat was necessary. An hour-long drive to the banks of the tail race canal put them in prime shad fishing territory. Turns out prime was an understatement. They caught shad on nearly every cast. After keeping a few, they began releasing them. However, several anglers along the bank (that were not so fortunate in their fishing) asked if they could have them. Word got out and soon there was a line of people waiting for Elliott and his friends to catch them some fish.
Elliott says they felt like rock stars as they caught shad and shared their catch with the people around them. Elliott so enjoyed giving the shad away, that he failed to bring any home. So, no deep-fried spring deliciousness for me. He contends that my cardiologist made him do it.
If you want to give shad fishing a try, now is the time. If you do go, will you please catch a few for me?
Contact Captain Greg Peralta at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (843) 224-0099.