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Old 04-20-2008, 07:40 PM   #1
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Got out late saturday (about 1 o'clock) and fished a little around fort pickins but didnt have much luck. then me and my girlfriend went to the pier and within two minutes she caught a nice spadefish. The spades were bitin pretty good and within a few hours we caught sixteen keepers and released several.
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Old 04-20-2008, 07:46 PM   #2
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i have never tasted spade, is it any good. Well anyway that sounds like a good day.
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Old 04-20-2008, 07:53 PM   #3
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They are pretty good, they do have a strip of bones near the middle of them that can get annoying when cleaning but overall good, mostly white meat
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Old 04-20-2008, 08:45 PM   #4
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sounds like a good day..:clap

what did ya catch them on
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Old 04-20-2008, 11:00 PM   #5
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thanks =)

we were using light tackle with pretty light line, small hooks and really small pieces of shrimp
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Old 04-20-2008, 11:21 PM   #6
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What the heck do you catch spadefish with? I've seen tons but never caught or ate one...
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Old 04-21-2008, 12:17 AM   #7
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I will definately have to try spade fish and your technique. Great catch!
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Old 04-21-2008, 06:21 PM   #8
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Thanks for the report.
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Old 04-21-2008, 06:25 PM   #9
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Smoked spadefish dip mmmm
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Old 04-23-2008, 07:03 PM   #10
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I'm originally from Virginia Beach, VA and up there Spadefishing is a big deal. They eat jellyfish, and we'll usually get a solid month of great fishing from when the Spades show up (early May) until when the jellyfish show up in numbers (mid-June). Once the jellies are in there can be hundreds of spades swimming beneath you, and they won't eat a thing you throw at them. When they're biting we'll usually use a small baitholder or circle hook and a piece of chowder clam. Crack the clam and cut it into fourths, making sure you keep some of the 'foot' (the tough rubbery piece) so it will stay on your hook. The rig I've always used is about 1/4 ounce of split-shot on the line about 1.5 ft. above the hook, then just drop it down to where the fish are schooling (usually about 10-15 ft. in 40-50 ft. of water). We usually find them around bridges and offshore structure (The Chesapeake Light Tower being the premier spot).



As far as bait, I would imagine oysters would work as well as clams, and bubblegum has been known to work. Apparently down here they'll take shrimp as well. They put up a much better fight than sheephead for their size, and I think they taste a lot better as well. I didn't know they show up down here, I might have to go target them now.



Hope some of this helps, free advice is worth what you pay for it.
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