Shad season is here. The rivers have been at flood stage and are receding fast. Once they come down to fishable levels, the shad will be here in full force. The shad bite will be great from late Feb through early April. We fish the Roanoke in Weldon, the Tar, and the Neuse. They are all good rivers, have plenty of fish, and offer their own unique experience. We offer single river 1/2 day, 3/4 day and full day shad trips and also full day two river shad trips. On the two river trips, we fish for American shad and then fish for hickory shad on two different rivers in the same day. There’s no other trip offering like this one in North Carolina. We have also fished for the Americans on the Tar up near Rocky Mount and double dipped (launching at another ramp downriver) on the Tar to catch the hickories further downriver. That’s also a unique day.
The striper bite has been in full force lately. With the water coming up, we had some epic days. The water has gotten so high now that many of those fish have scattered but we are still catching plenty. When it starts to recede, expect some more epic fishing.
Here are my upcoming opening from now until I go to Weldon on April 13. They are limited, so you better get on one if you want to go fishing this spring. I’ll be posting my remaining Weldon openings in a subsequent post.
Open Dates: Feb. 25-27 Apr. 6, 8
Here is a picture of a 30″ striper we caught last week on the lower Roanoke