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It is Spring, finally, and that means fish are spawning up the rivers. I am pleasantly surprised by the arrival of Shad while I am pan fishing. so I cast my Rapala Rippin’ Rap in hopes to catch one of these powerful Gizzard Shads! Plus, I take my pet turtle for a walk in the park to get natural sun, and to see the many blossoming flowers. Check out my video!

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The following gear I used in this video:
Rapala Fish High Contrast Digital Scale
St. Croix 2-piece Rod 6 1/2″
Stren Original 330 Yard Spool, 8 lb test, clear blue
Berkley Trilene XL Monofilament 300 yard, 8lb

Gamakatsu Octopus Circle Hook, 10 Per Pack (size 8)
Reaction Tackle Drop Shot lead weights, 1/4 oz

Daiwa Procyon EX Spinning Reel 3000
Boga Grip, 15 lb scale
Frabill Power Stow Net 20×24 Hoop 36in Sliding Handle
Werner Skagit Paddle
Stanley Fat Max 1/2″ X 6′ Fatmax Keychain Tape Measure
Panasonic HC-V800 HD Camcorder
GoPro Hero 8

There is a small window in Springtime to find the peak of The Shad Run, and they are here! It is tricky to get the interest of Shad while they are spawning, so I try out different lures to get their attention and hopefully get bites. It’s not only the grand appearance of the Shad, but also the peak of Cherry Blossoms in full bloom. A double whammy of nature goodness!

Check out the shad and cherry blossom action in my video, and enjoy!

This is officially the longest video I created. Probably because there was so many fish and I couldn’t stop fishing. LOL.

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dropshot for panfish

Bald Eagles are making a comeback, including in my area. I get a sighting of family of eagles, the mother and its offspring. Interestingly, the young eagle looks a little odd because it does not have a bald crown like an adult. The young has a blotchy feather pattern.

Plus, while fishing from the river edge, I use worms on the drop shot rig, and experiment with different lengths. between the hook and sinker. Success depends on the depth, structure and the kind of fish you are seeking.

Is the drop shot with worms effective for catching fish? What kind of fish am I able to catch on this presentation? Watch my short video and find out :)  Thanks for watching and enjoy!

Spring is one of best times to catch (and release) fish because of the spawn run. Fish swim up the rivers in May and April. While some target trout and salmon, I try to target Shad and Bass. Check out my short outdoor video and see how I do. Also included, is my first sightings of turtles, out from hibernation, basking in the sun. Enjoy!

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The following gear I used in this video:
Fenwick Eagle Spinning 2-piece rod
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St. Croix Triumph Spinning Rod 6′ 6″ (TRS66MF2)
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Daiwa Procyon EX Spinning Reel 3000
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Boga Grip
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Berkley Trilene XL Monofilament 8lb Low Vis Green
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Frabill Power Stow Net 20×24 Hoop 36in Sliding Handle
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Aqua Bound Sting Ray Hybrid 2-Piece Kayak Paddle
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Sony RX100 20.2 MP Digital Camera w/ 1-inch sensor
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GoPro Hero 6
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illustration: jointed shad

August 29, 2013

fishing_lure_jointed_shad_by_al_lau

The Jointed Shad lure is segmented, letting the tail swing freely and creating an aggressive swimming action when retrieved. The artificial lure moves at a depth of 4 to 6 feet in the water column, depending on how fast you reel it in.

This is a fourth drawing in my fishing series.

Have a great Labor Day weekend!

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