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SHAD REPORT - 4/2/04

The commercial gill netter in lower Delaware Bay near the Maurice River Cove reported that American shad are still moving through, catching 7 to 9 lbers. One he weighed at 13.5 lbs. He feels that the shad are more abundant compared to last year, as he has been catching similar numbers using half the amount of net. He said that the number of stripers has decreased and that Atlantic Menhaden (bunker) are showing up signaling that the first schools of shad have moved further up the bay to deeper waters off of Fortesque.

Last night, April 1, Steve Meserve haul seined 30 shad. Returned 11 to the river, kept 9 roe and 10 bucks. "There were some big fish in there."
 

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SHAD REPORT - 4/5/04

There was a report of some shad caught from shore below Easton near the wastewater plant discharge before the cold front arrived. Steve Meserve's haul seined two roe and three bucks on Friday, three bucks on Saturday. This cold front has slowed the migration down. The commercial gill netter in lower Delaware Bay reiterated the same. He said that the main school of shad are in deep water off of Fortesque awaiting a warming trend before moving upriver.
 
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