When I lived in Richmond (VA), April was the time of the shad run up the James River, and my friends and I would be on the banks casting weighted jigs into the rapids to catch them. It was amazing how long it took to land a large shad–three pounds or more–in the swirling current. Sometimes, 20 minutes! I had to be very careful because the shad have very delicate mouths and trying to muscle them to shore would rip out the lures. We kept only the gravid females (see the bulging one in the pic) who had the roes we were looking for. Then we took the roes home and made breakfast. Now that I live in New Mexico, if I had the roes, I would fix them like this:
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