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Old Hickory



If Rodney Dangerfield were a fish, he'd probably be a hickory shad. They just don't get much respect. This article aims to change that



By Mark Dysinger

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Bert and Anne
Bert and Anne
Bert Cyr lands a fish for the author's wife, Anne Dysinger.
Nocturnal
Nocturnal
Hickory shad are very nocturnal, as Bert Cyr shows with this fine fish.
Shad
Shad
Sleek and fast, hickory shad are often referred to as "poor man's tarpon".
Shad landing
Shad landing
The author landing another nightime shad. When conditions are right, dozens of fish can be caught.
Sunset shad
Sunset shad
The author presents a hickory shad caught at sunset, a prime time for these fish.
Up close
Up close
The shad is closely related to the herring - and the tarpon - which can actually be seen in this close-up.