thanks theredboat!!! left portsmouth in the chilly rain monday and got to weldon in warm sunshine.my first time there so steep learning curve. found the roanoke canal trail. walked a lot of it. didn't do much at the boat ramp but found them near the I-95 bridge. once the shad were located it was game on. beautiful fish, beautiful place and first fish of the season!!!! usually fish fredricksburg but this is a great alternative and can't blow out b/c of the dam. can't figure out how to post the pictures.
When I was a kid I used to stay at a place on the James River that was so full of shad we went almost every evening to have the local fisherman squeeze or cut their fish and we would leave with only the Row. Big piles. We took it home and ate it fresh fried that night and usualy again the next morning for breakfast with the runny yellow yolk of eggs. You dont get better if its that fresh. Like cavior or different livers. Not sure if you can do that any more.