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Easter Shad Fishing

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Heading to the dam in my Hobie Outback

Easter morning I packed up the Outback and gear, and drove to Moncks Corner, SC for a little shad fishing on the Tailrace Canal.

 

I made the two-mile trip upstream to the Pinopolis Dam - where the best fishing would be available.  The trip upstream was relaxing - I got to see some nice spring foliage on the trees and other sights.  One thing I tell folks about kayak fishing is the slower-pace that it brings isn't a curse at all, since you'll notice things you might miss while buzzing-by in a powerboat.

I also wouldn't be alone - there were about ten boats out there fishing.  Some were shad fishing, and others were using sabiki rigs, jigging for herring.

Fresh leaves on the trees along the canal

I got to my spot, anchored and started fishing.  Today I was armed with a Shimano Symetre 3000, on a Convergence 7' medium rod.  I was casting small jigs - like the kind used for crappie fishing - with chartreuse 1/8th-oz jigheads.  There was bait popping everywhere - pelicans were dive-bombing all over the area.

Double-jig setup

The bite was slow at first - I had started with only one jig on my line but after a few hits with no fish, I rigged up a double-jig setup and started catching them.  Also had to find a presentation that worked, too - the best was letting it sink to the bottom, then jig it lightly back to the kayak.

Every fish was fun to catch - they give you a great fight all the way to the kayak.  I caught a total of 5 shad - the biggest was just shy of 18".  The big one spun me around on a little sleigh-ride!

The biggest shad of the day...

After a couple hours, the wind picked up along the canal, and it was time for Easter lunch with my family, so I headed back to the launch - very satisfied with the day's fishing.  I can't wait to go back - and soon!

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Lewis G. Brownlee

Lewis G. Brownlee (Elgeebee) is a native South Carolinian, and avid outdoorsman.  He is the president of the "Lowcountry Kayak Anglers" club in Charleston, SC.

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