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is there anywhere to buy shad darts locally? i can never find them at walmart or ctire in fredericton. maybe a local person who makes them who wouldnt mind selling a few? Looking for darts that have the skirt in sizes 1/16 - 1/4 oz. thanks
 

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I have not seen any Latly in the Stores either. I would try to get some out NS if I was a Bait Caster.
 

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a few stores around sj have them, including c. tire and doirons, i didn`t notice what weight they were.
 

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I tie alright Stroover, but usually just give them away and lose them on Snages in the River and the odd ornerary Shad
Ralph has a stash that I seen in his fly shop that would turn a Shad Cross -eyed...with Druel....
 

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Ralph and I were up friday nigth , I hooked 2 but both stipped me down way in my backen , them big hen shad are fun to pick a fight with , No Pictures as both were escapes , I Cursed not getting a pic, It will get better every day Water temp was 16 C. Sunday evening I will get my revenge I hope . too many boats on the river to day for me . 50 would not be out of the Question.
 

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What wt fly rod were you using that they stripped you down to your backing? it must have been a 2 or 3wt with the drag wide open...lol...Back home in NS I have landed some shad in the 10 pound range from time to time and many 8lb and 9 lb fish and have yet to have one take me down that deep....
 

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I was using My Salmon rod 8Wt ,sink tip Line and a Hardy real , I have not seen any shad over 5 lbs . you lucky Bugger that is big shad!
 

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The females down home come in on average close to 7 or 8lbs I would say... males come in at least 2 weeks before the ladies show up and when you see them side by side there is no confusing them..

This is an average sized female for down in the Annapolis River... I know the pic won't do it justice but she is fat in the gut with eggs.. this fish went 7lbs



This is an average sized male

 

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They are niece shad though they do not look to be 8lbs but it is hard to tell in a pic I guess . Fish are like deer they all shrink when they get on a scale. None of the 1 's in the pic below weighted in over 5 lbs Actually the heavyiest is 4 1/2 Ibs I believe. We always heard you guys had very large shad In N.S.
 

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The largest I have seen weighed in was 11 pounds... I didn't land it though..lol...I would say that all the ones above were all males.. just my experience with them, the females come in and are noticeable heavier for sure...
 

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Man those r some nice looking fish....hope to get after some shad real soon!!!
 

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Better buy sport on the west side of Saint John has some. Three different sizes too. The record for shad is just over 11 pounds i think i seen a couple on the weekend real close to that in sussex. I wonder if there is a line class record i was using 2 pound test and some were over 8 pound and lost a couple big females over ten for sure.. will see if i can post some pics..
 

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