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LastManStanding
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Shad Run
      #1474212 - 04/11/09 09:17 PM (71.63.70.11)

Anyone hit the River yet for some Shad fishing? I hear the Shad are starting to run.

What's the fishing report?

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Re: Shad Run [Re: LastManStanding]
      #1474213 - 04/11/09 09:19 PM (71.171.78.104)

The dogwood blooms say another week,maybe two.

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Re: Shad Run [Re: countrybumpkin]
      #1474264 - 04/11/09 11:53 PM (71.63.70.11)

Yea, the dogwoods in my back yard haven't bloomed yet. But I know someone who went in the river this week and pulled out some Shad. I was wondering if others had simmilar luck.

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Re: Shad Run [Re: LastManStanding]
      #1474266 - 04/12/09 12:05 AM (24.75.134.86)

I'm not one for shad, but one cool way to catch them when they are running is with your bare hands.
If you stand behind a spot where the water is running fast between a couple of rocks and hold your hands ready to catch them coming through, you can fill a 5-gallon bucket with them...

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Re: Shad Run [Re: Burqajoint]
      #1474268 - 04/12/09 12:17 AM (71.171.82.216)

I know, why not use shad instead of tea bags?

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Re: Shad Run [Re: oisin]
      #1474270 - 04/12/09 12:21 AM (24.75.134.86)



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Re: Shad Run [Re: Burqajoint]
      #1474640 - 04/13/09 05:11 PM (71.178.101.3)

When you catch those shaddies, keep a little prayer of thanks in your heart for Mr. Harley...his genius and hard work gave millions of Potomac and Rappahanock fry their start
Marvin Louis Harley, 78


Waterman, River Nurtured Each Other


Twice the Potomac River tried to take Marvin Louis Harley's life: once in a
near-drowning accident as a boy and again in 2005 when he fell into the
river's icy waters and spent three weeks in a coma.


But it was a seven-month fight with pancreatic cancer, and not the river Mr.
Harley loved, that finally claimed the tough old waterman. He was one of the
Washington region's last commercial fishermen on the Potomac, and he died at
home March 18, 2009, in the Hallowing Point section of Lorton, near the same
bend in the river where he grew up learning to fish, as four generations of
Harleys did before him. He was 78.


Mr. Harley had been the subject of several Washington Post articles, the
most recent in 2007, written when he was preparing to retire from his work
hauling catfish, crabs and rockfish for his business, M.L. Harley and Sons
Live Fish Co., the only outfit of its kind left in Fairfax County. In 1973,
Mr. Harley left a job in the supply room at the Lorton Correctional Complex
and dedicated himself to the river full time, selling fish to vendors at the
District's Maine Avenue market and to pay-to-fish ponds as far south as
Georgia, where he would deliver Potomac catfish in a diesel truck outfitted
with a special aquarium tank.


"He's always been out there on the river," said his son Brad Harley of
Stafford. "It's in our blood."


Marvin Louis Harley was born September 30, 1930, in Alexandria and grew up
in Hallowing Point back when Mt. Vernon was the largest mansion on the
river. There were other fishing families there -- the Howards, the Shepards,
the Wileys -- now mostly gone, their small homes largely replaced by grand
estates with sweeping river views.


Mr. Harley served two years in the U.S. Army and met his wife, Joann, at a
local American Legion hall. They were married 49 years and would have
celebrated their 50th anniversary June 20.


The couple had five children, one of whom, Paul Scott Harley, was killed in
a Lorton-area robbery in 1990. Mr. Harley is also survived by two other
sons, Robert Timothy Harley of Dale City and Joseph Michael Harley of
Lorton; a daughter, Patti Lynn Nailor of Goldvein, Va.; and nine
grandchildren. Two of his sons, Brad and Mike, plan to continue their
father's waterman tradition on a part-time basis.


Over the decades, as his fellow watermen gradually went extinct, Mr. Harley
saw much of the Potomac's wildlife come back with the river's improving
health. The bald eagles he remembered seeing as a child returned to
accompany him as an elderly man.


But as Mr. Harley earned a living from the river, he also gave back. In
1995, he went to work with Jim Cummins, a biologist with the Interstate
Commission on the Potomac River Basin, on a program to restore the American
shad to the Potomac. The native shad was his favorite fish, and its
population had plunged since Harley was a boy.


Since then Mr. Harley helped stock the river with more than 20 million shad
fry, Cummins said, and placed 23 million in the Rappahannock River. The
program introduced thousands of area schoolchildren to the leathery,
taciturn Mr. Harley, a small but sturdy man who knew the river's tricks like
few others, Cummins said.


"His life was rich but not measured by material possessions," Cummins said.
"He lay out nets. He was a fisherman."


Joann Harley said her husband never really talked about what he loved about
being out on the Potomac. He just went.


"It was hard work, but he just thought it was beautiful," she said. "He
couldn't stay away from that river."


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Re: Shad Run [Re: ccaph]
      #1474645 - 04/13/09 05:27 PM (71.171.78.104)

Well done and thanks for telling us of this good man.

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Re: Shad Run [Re: countrybumpkin]
      #1477742 - 04/24/09 11:35 AM (71.191.17.165)

Baby Shad are Feeding the Crabs!!! Go American Shad!!!

Increase in Bay Blue Crab Population Announced
April 17 Virginia Governor Timothy M. Kaine and Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley announced the Chesapeake Bay's adult population of blue crabs has increased substantially over last year, indicating management measures put into place in 2008 to address population declines are working.

The results of the most recent Bay-wide winter dredge survey, which is conducted annually by the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR), estimate the total number of crabs overwintering in the Chesapeake Bay during 2008-2009 has increased from 280 million in 2007-2008 to just over 400 million.


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Re: Shad Run [Re: ccaph]
      #1484227 - 05/13/09 02:19 PM (24.75.134.86)

Hey, that is good news!
It is a massive undertaking to improve the Bay, and disappointing that more progress has not been made, but it is fantastic to have some good news.
It would likewise be great to hear of gains in the oyster population....

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Re: Shad Run [Re: Burqajoint]
      #1565712 - 03/30/10 07:14 PM (68.57.51.3)

Shad should have been here by now. Last year this week we
were catching stripers along with plenty of shad. River is an absolute mess with the rain / wind and cold weather.this weekend will be nice...but will the Rap be fishable? sounds like Lake Anna or the Potomac to me...


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Re: Shad Run [Re: FISHNFOOL]
      #1565745 - 03/30/10 09:28 PM (173.72.215.210)

I thought the shad didn't run until the dogwoods were in bloom. That's about a week away.

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Re: Shad Run [Re: kimcmitch]
      #1565746 - 03/30/10 09:36 PM (71.206.136.120)

dogwoods are blooming up here in civilization

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Re: Shad Run [Re: cassandra&sarasdaddy]
      #1565754 - 03/30/10 10:48 PM (173.72.215.210)

Well then, the shad are working on mountain time. Dogwoods are not in bloom in Charlottesville. I haven't been to the burg in a week.

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Re: Shad Run [Re: LastManStanding]
      #1565808 - 03/31/10 12:14 PM (72.205.9.48)

There yesterday and some were pulling a few from the docks - run hasn't really started yet though...

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