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    Gizzard Shad are filter-feeders. But I'd heard that larger Gizzard Shad will eat nymphs. I found out that rumor is true! I probably could have caught more using a smaller nymph, but I was floating a #8 or #6 under an indicator trying to tempt a carp. Anyway, I caught 4 Shad, and missed other strikes. These shad were probably 10"-12" range. Apparently they can get up to 22"!






    Oh...and I DID finally get a carp, and had another bigger one break my line.
    David Merical
    Ankeny, Iowa

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    Pretty cool. Was the nymph near bottom or the surface?

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    Sweet I wish I could catch some around here(Texas) but not sure where I could find some. Nice pics.

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    @ okflyfisher - the nymph was suspended mid-depth...about 18" down in 3' of water.
    David Merical
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    Thanks Dave. I have never head of mid depth carping. It seems like you would have a better hook up ratio because the carp turn back down after taking the nymph

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    Well...yes at certain times. I've run into situations on both the lake and river where the carp seem to be feeding on the floating "foam". They won't actually take a fly off the surface except by accident it seems, and you can't really present anything very well in the thick foam. But something suspended a bit below the foam can get strikes. That was the situation I encountered this particular day. It doesn't always work, but sometimes it does. Turns out there was some big shad hanging out in the area too.
    Last edited by FishnDave; 08-23-2013 at 06:09 PM.
    David Merical
    Ankeny, Iowa

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