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Monday, 28 March 2011 09:06

There's Magic in the Air

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There's Magic in the Air Photograph by Rob Choi

The dogwoods are blooming, the water temps are rising, the fresh grass is of a color that makes my eyes happy...   there's magic in the air.

The "poor man's tarpon" have arrived in my neck of the woods and the excitement in the local anglers is evident. The annual shad run is really quite amazing and I look forward to it every year. It is a mere 5 minute drive from my yard to where the James River bends it's way through downtown Richmond. So when I was given a few hours to do what I want to do, the choice was simple. I dusted off the flyrod, loaded the yak and got on the water. got to one of my favorite spots and quickly hooked up to a nice hickory shad. They fight well for a relatively small fish. Not giving up easily, they pull fly line from my fingers, making it difficult not to smile.

But that's not the best part.

Next, thing you know, they fly out of the water, violently shaking their heads, just like mini-tarpon.

Not just once, but some jump several times... all shiny, glimmering, beautiful....

like I said....

there's magic in the air.

Rob Choi with shad caught on the James River



About the Author: Rob Choi is an avid kayak angler from the Chesapeake Bay area in Virginia and a Pro Staff Member at Yakangler.com. He has earned a reputation among the locals as the fish junkie with reckless abandon to logic, time, and societal norms in his pursuit for the "tug that is the drug".  He shares his love of the sport through his blog www.angling-addict.com.

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Rob Choi

About the Author: Rob Choi is an avid kayak angler from Richmond, VA and although he lives close to the mighty James River, he frequents the Chesapeake Bay more often. His addiction to the salt has earned him a reputation among the locals as the fish junkie with reckless abandon to logic, time, and societal norms in his pursuit for the “tug that is the drug”. What he lacks in long term experience, he makes up in his passionate dedication to the sport now. He shares his love of the sport through his blog, www.angling-addict.com, as well as being a prostaff member at Ocean Kayak, Maui Jim Sunglasses, YakAngler.com, YakAttack, Werner Paddles, and crew member of HOOK 1 and Kayak Bass Fishing.

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+1 # YakSushi 2011-03-28 12:54
Man, the shad run should be starting on the Ohio too! Maybe Shad will be the plan for this weekend. :lol:
 
 
# Hammerhead 2011-03-28 17:51
Sounds like fun, I wish something would start running up here!
 

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