Brian Shea

12.0 in. Hickory Shad caught by Brian Shea fishing in New Jersey on 07/29/12

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12.0 in. Hickory Shad caught by Brian Shea fishing in New Jersey on 07/29/12
12.0" Hickory Shad caught by Brian Shea fishing on Sunday July 29, 2012 at 14:20 3.76 km from Barnegat Light in Ocean County, New Jersey (NJ), United States North America using a bare hook

I went grass shrimping in the Barnegat bay this morning. We were able to get get over a nice 15 ft hole before any other boats were there. We got a nice slick of shrimp going and I had my first fish on almost right away. It was good to see nice size trout back after a couple years of no fish. We had a weakfish on every time you dropped a shrimp into the slick. I was using my 5 foot ultralight so these fish were smoking my reel. Then boat traffic spooked the fish and then spot moved in. There had to be a million spot there. We kept a couple dozen for the bait pen and released the rest. After about an hour lull in the action and right before a storm front moved in the bite exploded! I was drop and reel fishing on 2 lb class weakfish and hickory shad. It was almost all catch and release because here in NJ, you can only keep one weakfish. I caught first ever hickory shad. They were hitting the grass shrimp, lures, I even caught on a bare hook. I also caught a couple silver(sand)perch. The trip ended with me hooking into something giant! It wasn't a sand shark or dogfish because I could feel it head shaking. It just kept peeling line off and then the hook popped. Headed to docked before the storm hit.

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