Finally caught my first shad yesterday, hooked into two after a few weeks of trying at various locations all along the delaware heading up following reports. I set up base on the shore in a favorite secluded spot of mine at around 2:50pm , hooked into my first shad about an hour in worth of casting. Decided to set up another pole for catfish with a frog i caught along the bank cast not more than 10 feet from shore and set the drag as loose as possible ...30 minutes go by and i'm coming back from my car to the shoreline and the rod is screaming and peeling out line. Had a big fight from the catfish took a bit to get him in and tired both of us out, the frogs were all over the place up here I guess that was the bait to use lol. Another hour goes by and i hook into another shad, solid fight but nothing all the way to sunset after that. Solid day though, 3 hits 3 fish plenty of sun, bugs and humidity haha .
I descaled the shad cut them up and have the soaking in brine, going to do a basic canning job and fry the cat filets up later and have them with some deer steaks. Both shad had roe so still trying to figure out what recipe to use on them .