Shad on the St. John's

Shad on the St. John's

Shad on the St. John's

T.J. Bettis of Orlando Outfitters prepares to embark on a favorite old Florida pastime - shad fishing on the St. John's.
Shad on the St. John's

Shad on the St. John's

Shad flies - along with a few bass bugs - at the ready.
Shad on the St. John's

Shad on the St. John's

The search is on....
Shad on the St. John's

Shad on the St. John's

FFSW editor Mike Mazur nabs a nice one in a deep slough off the main channel.
Shad on the St. John's

Shad on the St. John's

These fish are beautiful out of water....
Shad on the St. John's

Shad on the St. John's

....as well as below the surface.
Shad on the St. John's

Shad on the St. John's

Shad can be taken by boat....
Shad on the St. John's

Shad on the St. John's

....or along pastureland along the river banks.
Shad on the St. John's

Shad on the St. John's

An unexpected treat: Freshwater species invariably show up to play when shad fishing, like this speckled perch....
Shad on the St. John's

Shad on the St. John's

....or this gorgeous bass, taken by Capt. Scott McCalla.
Shad on the St. John's

Shad on the St. John's

A frisky shad prior to release.