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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 05-07-2019, 12:02 AM Thread Starter
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Some spots for Shad fishing trip on lower sac May 16,17,18

Looking for some folks that might want to join me swinging for Shad on one or more of the days listed. If you have never done it I can be a blast.

I booked this trip with guide Frank Duarte last year for this coming May 16,17,18 but kind of waited to fill the spots. Conditions being what they are this year we will likely be doing the lower Sacramento near Chico as the water is supposed to still be highish according to Frank.

They are somewhat flexible on how many people they can take as the boat is just for transportation, but with as many a 4 clients per day it can be relatively economical, and really fun. I find it a good way to get over WSAS (Winter Steelhead austerity syndrome).

If you live nearby and might be interested send me a pm and I can give you more details. When we see what interest there is we can possibly work out some split hotel rooms if necessary, but if you live very close day tripping may also be an option for you.
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Hopefully it will clear a bit by then, still pretty murky by the time it hits the American. Still not much action around Sacramento yet, but we’re expecting them any day now...

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wish i could, but will have to wait for the american to come down and fish to show, hope you get it filled, cameron
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First report yesterday of fish caught on the American, Cameron. It's high at 9K, but fishable in some spots without a boat. PM before you make a trip and I can get you something more up to date.

My first one at the top end of the river came on May 15th last year, if anything they seem to be slightly ahead this year.
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My nephew who lives in Sacramento posted some shots of load of shad he caught.
He's gear fishermen but I keep trying to convince him to swing, as he's caught Kings and steelhead too.
I sent him a Meiser 11'9 7/8 Highlander and a Ross Momentum LT with a load of tips and flies, but he's yet to make the transition.
Are these a sport fish only or are they table fare as well? The ones he posted had the "last rites" administered.
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My nephew who lives in Sacramento posted some shots of load of shad he caught.
He's gear fishermen but I keep trying to convince him to swing, as he's caught Kings and steelhead too.
I sent him a Meiser 11'9 7/8 Highlander and a Ross Momentum LT with a load of tips and flies, but he's yet to make the transition.
Are these a sport fish only or are they table fare as well? The ones he posted had the "last rites" administered.
The are, but they are a “fishy” fish (George Washington would probably say “savory”). They have a lot of small bones, and are like herring. The people who like them seem to really like them. They were actually a major source of food in colonial America - all the Shad on west cost were transplanted into the Sacramento River about 100 years ago as a possible food source. And for some the roe is also a delicacy.
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And now they return to the Umpqua and Columbia Rivers + some tribs by the 100Ks. They do satisfy the desire to catch a fish. I had a friend, long gone now, that would fish them daily below Willamette Falls until he'd harvested enough for 100, 1lb cans of smoked shad... which he gave as Christmas gifts to family and friends. Lots of HDL and soft bones, they taste great. Roe wrapped in bacon and pan fried or scrambled eggs with some roe added have gastronomic fans as well. But they get little respect (with apologies to Rodney D.).
Interesting that although invasive, no one is trying to rid them of rivers they've colonized.
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There are those who keep them down here on the American, mostly in the Asian and Russian communities. Personally, I’m not likely to eat something whose smell stays on my hands for several hours (or days).

There is a collectors item that was put out by the Cal DFG in the ‘70’s, a booklet titled (and I am not making this up) “The 34 Steps to Cleaning a Shad”. If that doesn’t convince you to fish them C&R, you’re a better man than I.

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I’m sure salted (or smoked) herring tastes better on an empty stomach! But yeah, that is funny. The recipes I have seen for Shad tend to be strong on the details as well - as if to say “you guys that don’t like them just havent followed these 15 easy steps”.

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shad roe cured and air/sun dried in the traditional way for bottarga is just damn tasty, bony flesh, meh, cameron
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Just watched an interesting video on Youtube on how to bone a shad by Vincent Russo
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So, Botsari, did you make the trip? The American has really picked up lower /mid river (I’m told), not so much closer to Sunrise and the upper river. A few but not huge numbers. Still lotta water.

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