I guess I live a sheltered life, but where I'm from, shad is a bait for bass, walleye, and catfish. I just didn't know about an ocean shad. Ran across an article about "delicious shad" in Carolina...with the following pic.Dhart, you're probably thinking about Gizzard Shad. American and Hickory Shad have spawning runs every spring. They swim up the rivers they were hatched in. Here in Maryland, we haven't been able to keep them for years, catch and return only. My Dad used to love the roe, but like Judy the thought of eating it kinda wigs me out. They're a blast to catch. They call them poor man's Tarpon because of their fight and tail walking. They'll jump a few feet out of the water when hooked. If you ever get a chance to fish for them, try using a light action rod with 6lb. line. When they're running good, it's nothing to catch close to 100 in a few hours. They actually fed Washington's troops at Valley Forge during the winter when nothing else was available. I've already restrung my reels for this season. It's only a month or so away here in Md. I fish the Susquehanna River and another river closer to my house that not many people know about. Greg MD, the un-named river is very close to where you live. Probably less then 10 minutes if you live in Fallston.
It does look good, but what does this taste like?