This time of year my Hobie kayak can be found on the Tailrace Canal, going after some hard-fighting shad.
|Double-jig Shad Setup|
|A Nice Tailrace Shad|
I try to get out there while the shad are running. Eventually, I move back to inshore fishing as the temperatures rise and the reds and trout start biting strong, but the shad provide a way to get my fishing "fix".
Please be careful out there! The water and air's cold temps mean that you need to be ready if you take a spill or get soaked...hypothermia will kill you. Make sure to bring extra clothes in case you take a swim. This is also a bad time to learn that you can't get back in your kayak - so know how to self-rescue before you try your hand at wintertime fishing.